What has happened and continues to happen in Monroe, N.C., illustrates an old truth: that words used in common by all men do not always have a meaning common to all men. Men have engaged in life-or-death struggles because of differences of meaning in a commonly-used word. The white racist believes in “freedom,” he believes in “fair trial,” he believes in “justice.” He sincerely believes in those words and can use them with great emotion because to the white racist they mean his freedom to deprive Negroes of their basic human rights and his courts where a “fair trial” is that procedure and “justice” that decision which upholds the racist’s mad ideal of white supremacy. On many desperate occasions when our constitutional rights were denied and our lives were in danger, we called on the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate the Monroe situation, to protect our lives and to restore our constitutional rights–in other words, to administer justice. And they always refused our request.
Robert F. Williams
Page 54; Negroes With Guns
[I’m really enjoying this book. Compare the above with the case where Second Amendment arguments in a gun manufacturing and possession case were not allowed. The Second Amendment does not mean the same to most of you and me that it does to the anti-gun bigots.–Joe]