Last night on Facebook, Open Carry Texas announced their plans to move forward with an August 15 march through Houston’s 5th ward. The 5th Ward, a predominately African-American community, is one that’s stricken with gun violence. C.J. Grisham, the group leader for Open Carry, is urging the locals to take up arms and join his group.
Grisham had originally planned for the march to take place on Juneteenth, but ended up giving a speech at a John Birch Society meeting, instead.
They’ll have a special guest, too: Tennessee resident Maurice Muhammad, and self-proclaimed disciple of Louis Farrakhan who promotes cop-killing. As you can imagine, a match hasn’t been this fitting since someone invented two-ply toilet paper (the video referred to in this tweet takes a few seconds to load):
On his “About Me” profile, he writes, “At the Initiative, I am the National Director and our mission Is [sic] simple to build a reality for our people and to conduct WAR on anybody that comes against what we have decided to build. We must provide a fertile ground for black People to be able to do for self. And by any means necessary stop, the defamation and dehumanization of Black people.”
See, they’re not racist at all. They found a token Black guy that hates society as much as they do.
Grisham doesn’t appear to meet the standards for a CHL license in the state of Texas, either. He has to wait a period of five years because of a conviction on his record, but he’s defiantly pushing back against this ridiculous notion that criminals should be prohibited from having guns. Calling them “crimes,” wrapping them in his own quotes in the announcement his group issued, he claims to be just like Rosa Parks, and says that he’s helping out the community.
OPEN CARRY TEXAS ANNOUNCES 5TH WARD EVENT
Temple, TX, July 15, 2014– On August 16, 2014, Open Carry Texas will be holding an event in the 5th Ward district of Houston. Like all of our events, the public is invited to take part in this event to celebrate our right to keep and bear arms and protest our antiquated gun laws.
“We are not going to be marching through 5th Ward,” said OCT Founder CJ Grisham, “we’re going to hopefully be marching with 5th Ward.”
Open Carry Texas believes that Texas’ gun laws continue to be rooted in racism. In order to obtain a concealed handgun license in Texas, one needs to shell out over $250 in fees and requirements to do so. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate in Texas was 14.4% in 2010, the date of the last census. In the African-American community, the poverty rate was 27.1%, nearly twice the state poverty rate and almost three times higher than non-Hispanic whites. In other words, the extreme cost to obtain a license in Texas disproportionately prevents African-Americans from getting one.
Texas law prevents anyone convicted of a Class B misdemeanor or higher from qualifying for a concealed handgun license for at least five years. The convictions do not need to be related to violence or even involve a gun. Some examples of “crimes” that will cause you to lose your CHL or fail to qualify for one are littering, writing a hot check, or even certain traffic infractions not involving another person.
If Texas were a country, it would have the highest incarceration rate than any other country. According to the DC-based Justice Policy Institute Director Vincent Schiraldi, “out of every 20 adult Texans you meet, one is under criminal justice control.” The black community is seven times more likely to be incarcerated than the white community. The Institute added that “nearly one in three young African American men in Texas is under some form of criminal justice control.” Because the black population is the most likely to be falsely convicted with a non-violent, non-gun related crime, their access to a license to legally defend themselves is extremely limited.
Much like the Jim Crow laws of the past, Texas gun laws seem geared towards preventing the minority community from exercising their rights. We aim to change that.
Open Carry Texas is dedicated to abolishing these racist and xenophobic gun laws as quickly as possible. Texas should be leading the nation in allowing its citizens to keep and bear arms. The crime rate in Houston’s 5th Ward is three times higher than the greater Houston area, mostly because the law abiding find it difficult to exercise their rights. Only the criminals are able to arm themselves and those that arm themselves for the purpose of self-defense find themselves in trouble just for carrying and never using the firearm.
We invite the community to join us on August 16th at noon to find out for themselves what we are about. We are excited to have special guest, Mr. Maurice Muhammed, National Director for The Initiative, whose mission is “to secure justice and fair treatment to all people. And end forever unjust and unfair discrimination and ridicule of Black people throughout the Earth.”
So . . . gun laws that prohibit felons from having firearms are like the Jim Crow regulations of the past?
I give those mental gymnastics at “WTF” out of “5”.