About 1,000 heavily armed militia, all of whom were Black, marched through Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, challenging white nationalist groups in the area to either come out and fight or join them in demonstrating against the government.
Stone Mountain State Park officials said the Black militia group was peaceful, orderly and escorted by police as they called for the removal of the country’s largest Confederate monument near Atlanta.
Videos posted to social media show the group, the “Not F**king Around Coalition” (NFAC), meeting at the massive nine-story quartz sculpting that depicts former Confederate president Jefferson Davis and Southern generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
“We want change that’s really going to permanently help us, we don’t want [any] little change, we want some real change,” one of the organizers said, noting that many Black civil rights groups have been marching for change since the 1960s and have largely been ignored.
In some ways, this is an interesting [and unintended] side effect of an economy, an educational system, that pretty much reserves all the crap jobs for the non-white civilian population. Our military is often a better alternative. I’ve had beaucoup friends who got their GED plus a chunk of college-level education in Uncle Sugar’s armed forces. Learning how to handle serious weapons along the way is another useful skill – living in a violent, racist society.