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Fear not about race or guns: a BEAFRAID solution

Posted by James McPherson on August 17, 2015

Photo from Twitter @OathKeeper101st

Photo from Twitter @OathKeeper101st

I have refrained from pretending to be someone of another race, at least since picking the losing side in childhood games of “cowboys and Indians” or envisioning myself as Bob Gibson while pitching in Little League baseball games. Still, that obviously can’t prevent me from commenting on issues of race or gender.  (Examples on race can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Examples relevant to gender here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.)

So, with the wisdom that is inevitably inherent to all white, middle-class, middle-aged American men, and after careful consideration of recent problems involving racial divisions and gun fights in America, I have managed to come up with an idea that is bound to please beleaguered African Americans and gun lovers throughout the nation.

Actually, I must credit the gun-toting, freedom-loving, birther/truther Oath Keepers for prompting the idea. You may have heard of the Oath Keepers because of their recent unwanted-by-law-enforcement incitement help in Ferguson, Missouri. As described by that liberal rag the Washington Post, “The men — all of them white and heavily armed — said they were in the area to protect someone who worked for the Web site Infowars.com, which is affiliated with talk-radio conspiracy theorist and self-described ‘thought criminal against Big Brother‘ Alex Jones.”

As the National Rifle Association has regularly reminded us, our problem isn’t too many guns; it’s too few. My modest proposal: a group of heavily armed African Americans who would show up at random events to make sure order is being kept. I’ve even come up with a name for the group: Blacks Exercising Armed, Free, Responsible, American Interventional Defense. That’s BEAFRAID, for short.

You’ll notice that I made sure to get the words, “free,” “responsible,” and “American” in the name to enhance the credibility and trustworthiness of the group.

The Oath Keepers have apparently been thinking along similar lines themselves, supposedly offering to arm 50 Ferguson African American protesters with AR-15 rifles. That’s a start, and at $800 or so each, a significant investment. I wonder if they’ll also provide the ammunition. Or if they’ll be able to find 50 black guys willing to openly pack firearms while surrounded by white guys with guns and badges.

Obviously we need to think bigger, with a permanent, heavily armed African American paramilitary force ready to step in wherever the potential for unrest exists. Just think of the places the presence of BEAFRAID could be useful. Some that come immediately to mind: Confederate Flag rallies, NRA meetings, the 2016 Republican National Convention, Rush Limbaugh’s next wedding.

A couple of potential problems come to mind. The first is money. But “life NRA member” Donald Trump is rich and always looking for a good cause or something that will bring him media attention. When his presidential run inevitably ends, perhaps he’ll help out. He may also want to buy the domain name beafraid.com.

The second potential problem is leadership. As a white, middle-class, middle-aged American man with great ideas and at least a couple of black friends, I would naturally be an excellent choice. Unfortunately, with a full-time gig as a professional corrupter of young minds, I don’t have time to do take this on. But I think Rachel Dolezal might be available. And she has her own guns.

23 Responses to “Fear not about race or guns: a BEAFRAID solution”

  1. melfamy said

    Excellent blog, Sir! I will have all the links read and commented upon maybe by Christmas. Of 2016.

  2. 🙂 A blogging belief that I rarely achieve: Every post should be readable in five minutes or enjoyable for a half hour.

    Hope you’re well, Greg. We spent most of the summer moving to a home surrounded by pine trees, a bit concerning with so much of this part of the country on fire. We’ve suffered no effects other than smoke.

  3. melfamy said

    Doing well, and I am back in the labor pool, delivering tasty, hot pizzas for Papa John’s.
    When I got to the part of the application where one attaches his resume, I wrote something along these lines…
    “I have never learned how to write a resume nor, having worked for the same company for 27 years, have I ever needed one. I figure that working at one place for over a generation speaks to my work ethic and my employers satisfaction with my work there”
    The next day, I got a call from the manager, wanting to know when could I start.

  4. Eric Voc said


    Great Post!

  5. Eric Voc said

    This is sad:

    “,Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot in Houston while pumping gas,” vla Associated Press

    Link: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/sheriffs-deputy-fatally-shot-in-houston-while-pumping-gas/ar-BBmd876

  6. wmgates68 said


    Dusty does it again……..

  7. William, I’m just surprised Utah corrected him. Remember long ago, when the boys were ethical enough to “suspend” Dusty from posting, back before they thought it OK for Dusty to delete comments that made him look bad?
    Eric, thanks. And yes, it’s sad that people are now shooting cops for no reason. As many problems as there are with our policing, anarchy is not a good alternative.

  8. wmgates68 said

    I’m surprised to. I’m sure he didn’t want to but felt the pressure. One would think Dusty would have learned by now.

  9. wmgates said


    Another one…now they’re just getting pathetic.

  10. And here I thought Kells was marginally smarter than Dusty. Guess not: http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/belgiumpork.asp

  11. Eric Voc said



    Chicago Law: LaQuan McDonald, racism, prosecution power and DA/Cops Code of Silence; Sunday Talk TV Lineups for 11/29/2015: national security

    Source: https://ericvoc.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/chicago-law-laquan-mcdonald-racism-prosecution-power-and-dacops-code-of-silence-sunday-talk-tv-lineups-for-11292015-national-security/

  12. william gates said

    I think I’ll go over to Utah’s site and start trouble.

  13. Let me know how it goes. Which lunatic are they supporting in the GOP race?

  14. william gates said

    I think Trump and Cruz. But here’s Utah right on time for Black History month. He really needs some education on this subject.


  15. william gates said

    He gets my vote.

  16. william gates said

    So no article on Trump?

  17. I’ve thought about it several times, and it’s so damn depressing. But yet, I ought to do something here in addition the ranting/sharing I’ve been doing on Twitter & Facebook. 🙂

  18. william gates said

    I’m sure Utah and the guys are loving him though.

  19. wmgates68 said

    Utah over there making excuses about Trump.

  20. Eric Voc said


    Link: https://ericvoc.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/were-police-violence-prosecutions-of-freddie-gray-cops-political/

  21. Thanks, Eric.

  22. Eric Voc said



    “Milwaukee: a righteous riot or uprising of GOP political convenience?”

    Link: https://ericvoc.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/milwaukee-a-righteous-riot-or-uprising-of-gop-political-convenience/

  23. […] the past he has satirically called for “a group of heavily armed African Americans who would show up at random events to make sure […]

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