A seemingly rare sign of unity appeared in Richmond, Virginia when Black Lives Matter and other left-wing groups stood shoulder to shoulder with right-wing “boogaloo” protesters to support Second Amendment rights.
The demonstration took place to denounce police brutality as well as attempts by politicians to restrict civilian gun ownership.
“Whether you don’t like white people or black people, you should have the right to defend yourself at all times,” one protester said, according to One America News.
Photos of the event appear to contrast everything being reported by the mainstream media. In this tweet, you see photos of Americans from a variety of backgrounds and creeds standing together for a common cause.
Social unrest in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has seen significant re-alignment in how many view gun rights. As we’ve reported many times here, sales for firearms and ammunition have skyrocketed in recent months as violent looters and rioters get away with blatant vandalism — suggesting Americans who have never thought to arm themselves before are now doing so.
“We refuse to be anybody’s slave,” activist Manolo Vega stated. “We’re one-bodied Americans: black, white, brown, yellow, green, purple. I don’t care if you are gay, I don’t care if you are straight. I don’t care if you are a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, an atheist. Listen here, if you love this country and you are willing to defend each and every one of us, I will be with you.”
Of course, there is a lot to unpack here. After all, “Black Lives Matter” has come to mean more than the simple movement against racial injustice and police brutality. The word “boogaloo” has also been tossed around by journalists with no prior knowledge of the movement associated with it.
Here’s Tim Pool to clear some things up.