Throughout American history, our white-dominated society has found it is not safe for black people to have guns but that it is safe—even patriotic—for white people to have guns.
Barrett Holmes Pitner is a politics and race-and-culture journalist, and an adjunct professor in the department of Environmental Studies at SUNY-ESF. He is based in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter @barrettpitner
Marking the holiday and wrestling with our troubled past is the way to find the path to a more equitable future.
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