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RUSSELL SIMMONS SLAMS NRA FOR HIRING BLACK SPOKESMAN

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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Colion Noir, a young African American who is conservative and pro-gun, is the National Rifle Association's newest spokesman, but apparently this has proven too much for rap and entertainment mogul Russell Simmons.

After seeing the NRA's intro video of Noir's upcoming NRA News show, Simmons took to Twitter to tell the gun group, "Dear @NRA, we don't trust you. Sincerely, Black America."

Simmons then wrote a longer attack at Globalgrind.com, saying that "black people ain't got no time" for the NRA.

Music entrepreneur Simmons criticizes the NRA's hiring of African American Noir and says it is "deeply troubling" that the NRA is encouraging the black community "to pick up guns again and start poppin'."

Simmons went on to say, "With smokescreens and a barrage of bullets, the NRA is intentionally playing into the fears of a very few people. Very, very few."

Simmons concludes his post saying,

Our community is not interested in a corporate sponsored gun group telling us what to do, when their real mission is to make more money for the corporations that line their dirty pockets with rolls of cash and silver bullets. We're much smarter than that and certainly can see through their motives. Until they show a real interest in solving the violence problem in our community, they can keep their Yankee hat-wearing spokesman and their African-American "campaigns" for themselves. In the words of another internet star, "ain't nobody got time for that."

Describing himself as an "urban gun enthusiast," Noir has been making Youtube videos talking about guns and the Second Amendment for some time, now, but at last the NRA has taken notice and is bringing Noir on NRA News.

Noir has attracted more than 7 million views on his Youtube channel, so his association with the NRA seems a natural fit. The young man will be doing videos for the NRA as well as traveling the country to talk about the U.S. Constitution and gun rights issues.



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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I love this guy.

Not only does he explain firearm issues well- he also does some hilarious Walking Dead video "reviews".

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

BUMP!

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by 2HotTacoTini on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Russell Simmons

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No Shame: The NRA Shoots Multiple Rounds of Fear Into the Black Community

Posted: 03/07/2013 11:01 pm

Fear is the greatest weapon used against the defenseless. It is one that makes a group of people believe in interests that are contrary to their very own preservation. It throws people off balance. It is a tactic that confuses the blurred minds of those who are in struggle. And right now, it is the best ammunition that the National Rifle Association can muster.

Just recently, the NRA has placed their bulls-eye on the heart of Black America with their new advertisement starring some black guy with a Yankees hat! Like Black guys wearing Yankees hats can have any success in this world! But with all seriousness, I find the message of this new video by the NRA deeply troubling, where the guy in the Yankees hat is advocating that our people arm themselves and fight the government (all under the banner of the NRA). Quite hypocritical of them, as during the Civil Rights movement, when the government was overtly oppressing our people, the NRA was quick to pressure legislatures across the country to get the guns out of the hands of the Black militants who were ready to fight back. I guess those weren't the "well-regulated militias" they had in mind when they read their version of the Second Amendment. But, now that we have a Black president, and we have made great progress in creating a more equal playing field in America (although we still have much work to do), the NRA is encouraging us to pick up guns again and start poppin'. With smokescreens and a barrage of bullets, the NRA is intentionally playing into the fears of very few people. Very, very few.

Our communities know that our problems do not mirror the same problems of many communities across this country that have experienced mass shootings. We are not plagued with random school shootings or sociopaths with dreams of amassing more assault weapons than the military. Our set of problems are quite different and need to be handled quite differently. To create more hysteria and confusion about our relationship with our government is what the NRA would like to do. That is fear-mongering at its finest and a distraction to the real problems that our communities face. We can't be scared any longer. While other communities are holding tight to their guns, we're dealing with a gun violence epidemic in our communities. We know the danger of taking up arms, and we know that guns weren't invented to protect us -- they were meant to kill us.

If members of the National Rifle Association really want to "help" Black America, then they should fund programs like LIFE Camp that hires young men and women from the community to teach alternative methods to resolving conflicts that often arise.They should support programs like Homeboy Industries that train young people so they can enter the workforce with the tools necessary to get well-paying jobs. They should support programs like Peacekeepers, an organization of Black men who positively mentor the younger guys away from a lifestyle the might include holding a pistol.

The Black-on-Black crime epidemic that is destroying our communities will not be solved by arming more people with more guns. We do not need more 15-year-old children placing their fingers on triggers that when pulled, kill more 15-year-old children.

Our community is not interested in a corporate sponsored gun group telling us what to do, when their real mission is to make more money for the corporations that line their dirty pockets with rolls of cash and silver bullets. We're much smarter than that and certainly can see through their motives. Until they show a real interest in solving the violence problem in our community, they can keep their Yankee hat-wearing spokesman and their African-American "campaigns" for themselves. In the words of another Internet star, "ain't nobody got time for that."

 

Follow Russell Simmons on Twitter: www.twitter.com/unclerush

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM
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So are you also upset that the NRA has a black spokesman?

If so, why?

If not, great.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:



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by 2HotTacoTini on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:04 PM

They hired a black guy. Good for them. Doesn't change their agenda.

Quoting SallyMJ:

So are you also upset that the NRA has a black spokesman?

If so, why?

If not, great.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:




momof030404
by New Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM
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Oh good....now it's damned if you do and damned if you don't. the race card can be played no matter WHAT someone does! Fabulous.
SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM
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Of course not. You hire spokespersons to publicly present your perspective.

I'm really not sure what point you are trying to make here.

It's kind of a no-brainer that the NRA would hire him - a college student ,with the same ideology, with 7 million followers on his Youtube channel and/or Twitter. 


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

They hired a black guy. Good for them. Doesn't change their agenda.

Quoting SallyMJ:

So are you also upset that the NRA has a black spokesman?

If so, why?

If not, great.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:






Pema_Jampa
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by 2HotTacoTini on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Meh I'm not in the mood. Going to pour another glass. 

You keep posting this guy and I still have to watch the video. He is good looking other than that...TBD. ;-)

Quoting SallyMJ:

Of course not. You hire spokespersons to publicly present your perspective.

I'm really not sure what point you are trying to make here.

It's kind of a no-brainer that the NRA would hire him - a college student ,with the same ideology, with 7 million followers on his Youtube channel and/or Twitter. 


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

They hired a black guy. Good for them. Doesn't change their agenda.

Quoting SallyMJ:

So are you also upset that the NRA has a black spokesman?

If so, why?

If not, great.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:







SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Huh?


Quoting momof030404:

Oh good....now it's damned if you do and damned if you don't. the race card can be played no matter WHAT someone does! Fabulous.



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Yes, he is. Adorable.  And he must own 50 baseball hats. :)


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Meh I'm not in the mood. Going to pour another glass. 

You keep posting this guy and I still have to watch the video. He is good looking other than that...TBD. ;-)

Quoting SallyMJ:

Of course not. You hire spokespersons to publicly present your perspective.

I'm really not sure what point you are trying to make here.

It's kind of a no-brainer that the NRA would hire him - a college student ,with the same ideology, with 7 million followers on his Youtube channel and/or Twitter. 


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

They hired a black guy. Good for them. Doesn't change their agenda.

Quoting SallyMJ:

So are you also upset that the NRA has a black spokesman?

If so, why?

If not, great.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:









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