The New York Times:
|The Cheetum family in Doerun, Ga., in 1950. Credit Bettmann/Corbis|
So the fact that one of the seminal Second Amendment cases in American history is named for a black plaintiff is a beautiful and moving thing indeed. McDonald v. Chicago, argued in 2010, was brought by Otis McDonald, a 76-year-old black man tired of watching his neighborhood give way to crime and gang warfare. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Second Amendment applied not just to all people, but to the states as well as to the federal government, and that Chicago was therefore not permitted to prohibit Mr. McDonald from keeping a handgun for his defense.
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The two articles below go into greater detail about the NRA's double standard when it came to whites and guns vs. white urban immigrants and southern blacks.
The Secret History of Guns
Gun Control, Racism, and the NRA