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Trump caused growth to ‘spike’ in gun group for African Americans — now they’re considering a political arm

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The backlash against President Donald Trump caused membership to “spike” in the National African American Gun Association — and now they’re considering starting a Political Action Committee.

NPR interviewed Philip Smith, the president and founder of the group.

“Membership spiked after President Trump was sworn into office, Smith says, attributing some of that growth to a political climate where people with racist views feel emboldened to talk about and act on those views,” NPR reported. “Some in the organization say it is time to have a larger platform. Executives in the group are mulling whether to form a political action committee that would raise money and back candidates sympathetic with the cause.”

“Does law enforcement, or more importantly larger society, view black men with firearms in a certain way?” Smith wondered. “That’s a hard discussion, but that’s a discussion we need, as an organization, to be involved with.”

The group cites the scandal over the police killing of Philando Castile, who told officers he was licensed to carry a firearm but was shot dead anyway.

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NAAGA is not the only organization citing racism as a reason for gun ownership in the age of Donald Trump.

“Our basic message is: guns are fine, but racism is not,” a Redneck Revolt organizer explained in 2017

NAAGA and Redneck Revolt are two of the six major progressive gun groups organizing in the Trump era.

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Meanwhile, the right-wing National Rifle Association has been in chaos and scandal since Trump was elected.


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Man who believed ‘the Bible is for white people’ gets life in prison after setting black man on fire in gruesome murder

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A white man from Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering a black man by setting him on fire while he slept.

The Daily News Journal reports that 53-year-old John Carothers has pleaded guilty to murdering Robert Miller, a housemate who lived with him at the Frazier Young Supportive Living, which is a home for people with intellectual disabilities.

According to prosecutors, Carothers in March 2018 doused Miller in lighter fluid while he was asleep in his bed and then lit him on fire. Miller would subsquently die from burn-related injuries at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

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‘There’s no racial tension’: Trump claims ‘fantastic relationships’ with black people after ‘go back’ tweet

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President Donald Trump asserted on Monday that he has "fantastic relationships" with the black community after he told four congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.

At a White House meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump was asked if he was experiencing any blowback from the African-American community.

"There’s no racial tension," the president said, according to a pool report. "We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020."

Via pooler @DavidNakamura: T"rump says: 'There’s no racial tension.' Trump notes low unemployment for black Americans. 'We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020.' "

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Yale psychiatrist explains the root of Trump’s ‘pathological racism’

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On Monday morning, President Donald Trump once again escalated his conflict with "the Squad," the group of freshman Congresswomen of color he told to go back to their own countries. Although moderate Republicans had hoped last week that the President would tone down his remarks, on Monday he once again doubled down on Twitter.

"The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!" he tweeted.

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