Keeping the black finger off the trigger

An illustrated lecture on African-Americans and guns.

In this illustrated short, Kevin Yuill, lecturer in American history at the University of Sunderland, argues that gun controls in America evolved to ‘keep the black finger off the trigger’. Yuill brings us numerous fresh insights on: the massacres reported as riots; the role played by key figures such as anti-lynching activist Ida B Wells; the armoury of non-violence exponent, Martin Luther King; and the lesser known origins of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence. Amid all the post-Charleston calls for gun-control laws, Yuill’s lecture shows that firepower has been central to the fight for civil rights.

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