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[THREAD] The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was repealed in 1864 as the Civil War neared its end, but the social dynamics it established between police, Black Americans and white vigilantes remain in effect. 1/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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History recap: In 1850, the nation is half slave, half free. The Underground Railroad is in full force and hundreds of enslaved Black Americans, particularly those living in border states, are regularly escaping north and creating a crisis for southern white slaveowners 2/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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Many runaways joined w/ free Blacks in the North to form vibrant, thriving communities. The very existence of these communities posed a threat to the ideology of white supremacy and the white power structure, both built on the subjugation of Africans 3/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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As a compromise, opposing sides of the white power structure passed Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 which said escaped slaves who made it North were no longer free simply b/c they crossed into free territory & were mandated by law to be returned to their white enslavers. 4/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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The law penalized anyone helping runaways while effectively deputizing every white person in policing & capturing Black Americans. With an added financial incentive, this created motivation for whites to capture not only runaways but also free Blacks living in the North. 5/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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Because suspected runaways were denied trial in court, pretty much all a white man had to do was submit an affidavit claiming ownership of a Black person and that person, whether runaway or free, could be chained and sent to a southern plantation 6/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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As I said initially, the legacy of this period of time is present in much of the social & political dynamics today including the ongoing issue of whether Black Americans actually have full citizenship rights & nationhood in the USA. For instance: 7/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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#1 - THE UNEQUAL ENFORCEMENT OF GUN LAWS IS CENTRAL TO HOW RACIAL CASTE IS MAINTAINED THROUGH VIOLENCE. 8/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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One of the primary ways the racial caste has been maintained in this land since the time of the American colonies has been through granting gun rights and police protection to white men while denying the same to Black Americans 9/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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In the American colonies where only a handful of whites held most of the wealth, land and political power, racial privilege for poor, landless whites mainly centered on their ability to possess a gun when enslaved Africans could not. 10/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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Following the Civil War whites, especially in the South, pushed for laws barring Black Americans from owning guns, even calling for the disarming of Black Union soldiers. 11/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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Recent cases of Black ppl effectively being denied any gun rights: Castile, legally in possession of gun & breaking no laws when killed by cop Rice, playing w/ BB gun & breaking no laws when killed by cop Crawford, took BB gun off shelf in Walmart & was killed by cop 12/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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#2 POLICE VIOLENCE AND COURT-SANCTIONED WHITE VIGILANTISM ARE BOTH USED AS TOOLS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION AGAINST BLACK AMERICANS 13/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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I can’t even possibly list all the instances of Black Americans being harassed, abused, brutalized and killed by police without repercussion, so if you’re unfamiliar with this history past and present, the internet is free to search 14/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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There’s a long history as well of white vigilantes being acquitted by the courts when they murder Black people. The effective takeaway is that being Black automatically makes one a threat and therefore whites are justified in using violence to the point of murder. 15/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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In Trayvon Martin case, central issue was whether unarmed 17 yo Trayvon had right to defend himself after being stalked by armed, 29 yo Zimmerman. Police at crime scene did not recognize Trayvon as having that right & Zimmerman was only arrested after massive protest 16/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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1 of the creepiest parts of the McKinney Pool incident is when a girl in her swimsuit is thrown to ground by police officer & a random white man w/ no connection to law is allowed to assist in her detainment, placing his body near hers when the cop draws his gun 17/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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#3 THE MYTH OF A UNIQUELY RACIST SOUTH & A LESS-RACIST NORTH IS SIMPLY THAT: A MYTH. RACISM DESCRIBES THE POWER STRUCTURE ITSELF 18/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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Opposing sides within the white power structure have repeatedly throughout history made compromises that jeopardize the safety and security of Black Americans for the sake of maintaining white power. Examples: 19/
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Bree Newsome Bass Feb 22
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3/5 Compromise; Missouri Compromise; 1877 Compromise that pulled Union troops from South & ended reconstruction; FDR compromising w/ southern Dems on anti-lynching laws to pass New Deal; white liberals constantly seeking common ground w/ white nationalists, etc. 20/
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