Originally published 6/23/2012
The United States (The Lone Star Watchdog) – Today the word Militia is a bad word to be looked upon with disdain and contempt in political circles in Washington. These are power mad people who seek the dominate every facet of our lives if we let them have their way. The militia is a part of our history throwing out tyranny from our midst, It has been a force for good. I will share with you why.
We all know that all veterans, even those returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan are now a national security threat according to the Department of Homeland Security. This federal agency made publications they passed out to Law Enforcement all around the country. They did not make this classification by pulling a thought out of their rectal cavity. They made that statement from a historical standpoint on returning war veterans as one of the examples. This is why the US Government does not want veterans to be armed.
In 1946, Group of WWII veterans took back control in the town in Athens Tennessee. The local Sheriff tried to rig the election when they seen they were being thrown out of office. The town has been tyrannized by local corruption while the men were off fighting a war. They did not like the changes they came home to and would not tolerate tyranny any longer. When the former GIs said enough after seeing what has happened when they were away. The WWII veterans by force of arms took back the town when all peaceful measures have failed. They were not afraid to use their guns and shoot if necessary.
We cannot leave out returning Negro veterans who experienced war either. Many of the strongest leaders in the Civil Rights movement where World War II and Korean war veterans who served honorably. They returned home to find they do not get the respect they deserved. Many highly decorated black veterans, many of these heroes were lynched or beaten up when they returned home. They got very little fanfare. The Black people were still being abused and treated as second class citizens.
People give too much credit to Martin Luther King for being the champion of civil rights for black Americans. We need not forget the success of the movement was these black veterans who fought on the battlefield, again, they were working in the trenches with great courage and valor during the civil rights era. They have seen the horrors of war, the Klan did not scare them too easily. They were battle hardened, they were able to endure the persecution and confrontations during this era. That combat experience was an asset making them very effective demonstrating leadership in the face of danger. They were honoring their oath they swore as servicemen beyond the battlefield fighting for liberty at home.
The first visible sign of Blacks standing up and defending themselves against the abuse of the Klu Klux Klan was a Militia called The Deacons of Defense and Justice. This Militia was formed in Louisiana by Earnest “Chilly Willy” Thomas to protect the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) from Klan attacks. This group consist of all black World War II and Korean war Veterans standing in the gap against Klan violence. The Deacons provided security for the Freedom riders everywhere they marched and demonstrated. The Knights of the Klu Klux Klan was kept in check, they could not terrorize the civil rights demonstrations anymore. This Klan is also an arm of COINTELPRO to this very day. The KKK attacked many civil rights groups back in the 1960s with FBI plants in this racist organization. The Deacons for Defense and Justice did have the concern of the FBI back in the 1960s. They were very effective deterring Klan violence which has the FBI very concerned. I wonder why.
There were many all black militia formations were all war veterans who were trained and disciplined. They provided security while many black activists were exercising their right to free speech protesting the lack of equality. They were not an offensive force, they were a defensive in their mission to keep the peace.
In North Carolina when Blacks were fighting racial segregation. The Klan was fighting the racial integration of public Swimming Pools and other faculties. The Klan was attacking the Civil Rights groups pushing for racial integration. A Militia was formed as a response to these attacks called Black Armed Guard founded by Robert F Williams. This group was founded for the sole purpose to protect the civil rights activist from attacks and kidnappings. They educated black Americans in the use and safety of firearms in self defense. The Black Armed Guard was the first all black firearms groups to get an NRA charter. The establishment did not like Robert Williams. The FBI trumped up charges and accused him of allegations to attack his credibility. They issued a warrant for his arrest. He spent many years in exile because he was teaching blacks to defend themselves against White racist terrorism sponsored by the US government.