Series Title: Responsibility: Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. Here and there she makes some statements that can be buttressed with facts or are evident to anyone who has experienced American culture. Fighting stereotypes and hatred with more stereotypes and hatred serves no purpose. Her newest book is called Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. As a portrait of the deepest structures of American violence,Loaded is an indispensable book.
Note - My issue here is with style, not content. And beyond the gun culture, you have the gun manufacturers and profiteers. This is a superb and subtle book, not an intellectual safe space for confirming your preconceptions--whatever those might be--but rather a deeply necessary provocation. Ironically under the subsequent Trump administration where white supremacy has a more solidified powerbase, the rate of gun acquisition has slightly lowered as people feel their fetish is not about to be immediately taken away. Once in a great whil Look, if anyone was going to love this book, it was me.
Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations' headquarters in Geneva. Whether expressed in individual cruelty like the collection of scalps or group barbarism by settler colonialists calling themselves 'militias,' violence has become an ever-widening theme of life in the United States. The book is not written in a logical manner. America is at a critical turning point. If you aren't already sympathetic to these arguments, I'm not sure this is the book to convince you; but if you are, there's much food for thought here and avenues for further exploration.
She makes a convincing argument that until either side can come to terms with the whitewashing and mythmaking that has occurred, gun violence will continue to flourish. Its about their exalted status, their connection to white supremacy throughout our country's history and how that plays in contemporary politics, and the protected and sancrosanct status of the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution. What they have in common with the people who still honor the Confederate flag? The consequences of the Second Amendment — white people eliminating Indigenous communities — have been felt in cultural products since its inception, from the books of the nineteenth century through to the Hollywood of the 20 th and 21 st centuries that romanticises gun culture where often the heroes get mixed up in the mind with Confederate outlaws. This was something that I believed, mostly because of the wording, not because of any deeply researched belief. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's answer to that question will unsettle liberal gun control advocates and open-carry aficionados alike.
Dunbar-Ortiz shows how the Army of the United States evolved in the Indian Wars, with irregular settler fighters—armed civilians—in the vanguard. I learned a lot about American history from this book; the kinds of things that deep down I knew and yet didn't have a real understanding of. What it boils down to me is I feel like this hits on important points that have been neglected in the discussion of America's love affair with guns, namely how the Second Amendment clearly was a mandate to allow frontier individuals the ability of fighting off and attacking Native people in their vicinity for the sake of American expansion. I struggled with the author's style, it felt absolutist and conclusory I'm not sure whether I'm using the word properly - my complaint is that the author presents her ideas forcefully and without building a proper foundation. I suspect that the book was not given a firm editorial hand, because a decent editor would hone this thing to a fine point, and caught the grammatical errors that I saw. They are roots with which all who are concerned with matters of justice, basic decency, and the enduring tragedy of the U.
Dunbar-Ortiz examines the historical basis of the 2nd Amendment. Dunbar-Ortiz doesn't argue that all this mayhem flowed from the Second Amendment. In particularly, she examines the outsize role guns played in This was an interesting book to read, and certainly timely considering the recent events in the U. Dunbar-Ortiz presents a vital perspective on what makes the U. The author also conflates the gun violence perpetrated in America with the use of guns and other weapons during wars fought by the U. The Vietnamese were frequently described as if they were the new Indians the Americans had to vanquish.
This is probably not the best book to use in order to understand it. These militias were essentially non-state armies, only loosely related to colonial governance. But why was this amendment necessary in the first place? It is second nature to me. She is no fan of guns or of our absurdly permissive laws surrounding them. This is a must read for any student of U. She meticulously and convincingly argues that U. I took off two stars because I feel like this book was rushed to print so that it could seize on the re-ignited gun debate caused by the Las Vegas massacre and perhaps the Parkland shooting.
She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Additionally, the chapters are very rambling in their argument, with subjects often turning on a dime into a related but distinct subject. She describes how the 'savage wars' against Indigenous Peoples, slave patrols which policing in the U. In Loaded, you will me Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment will wake you to the realities of U. But she does not merely take the liberal side of the familiar debate. Scalps of natives were collected for sport and for reward, incentivizing the slaughters by colonial government.
I was waiting with open arms to be educated by Dunbar-Ortiz and devour her every word. In 1658, the colony ordered every settler home to have a functioning firearm, and later even provided government loans for those who could not afford to buy a weapon. The effect of this was bad editing in the form of the author appearing to go on tangents about somewhat mundane topics like the Winchester Mystery House of all things which while relevant, sometimes bogged down certain chapters. This is the book that explains how the U. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched--and deeply disturbing--history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present.
Quick, readable explanation of what the Second Amendment is really about. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian, author, memoirist, and speaker who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights. You simply cannot understand the United States and its disastrous gun-mania without the brilliant Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz as a guide. So gun ownership itself has to signify something greater than the mere capacity of the gun itself: a right to exert one's desires on others, similar to -- and in fact intertwined with -- the bribes of whiteness offered to Euro-descended working-class Americans, to keep us from siding too strongly with exploited black and brown comrades. This is a must read for any student of U.