Conservatives typically claim that although they’re not in favor of affirmative action, they are in favor of a color blind society. This, however, does not explain why a Texas gun advocacy group canceled a march through the mostly African-American Fifth Ward community.
According to organizers, the Sunday march was canceled due to a scheduling snafu, but the change has some wondering whether the gun advocates were having second thoughts about taking their message to a black neighborhood.
The group had previously trumpeted the march as a way to “show that gun rights belong to all,” before abruptly calling it off.
“In order to respond directly to this challenge by a liberal, anti-gun race baiter, we planned an event in 5th Ward. It was a spur of the moment, ‘we’ll prove you wrong’ rush effort,” said gun rights advocate David Amad, according to The Raw Story.
“First of all, we don’t see color,” he explained. “Gun rights don’t discriminate based on skin color and neither will we.”
Amad previously told the Houston Chronicle that the type of response they received would be based on how they carried themselves during the march: “If you go marching through the Fifth Ward like a bunch of stuffy old white boys carrying guns and spitting tobacco you’ll get a bad response, but if you go in there talking to people like human beings and explain what you’re doing, the response will be different.”
Amad also noted that they’d be collecting donations for a food drive.
Still, even though this march has been in the works for a while, Amad expects everyone to believe that a scheduling conflict was the reason for calling it off. Maybe the optics of a bunch of white men marching through a black neighborhood with guns had something to do with it.