In 1925, Robert F. Williams was born into the nasty era of Jim Crow, a time when a man’s skin color determined his place in the world; often he was barely even considered a man. The white establishment bullied and oppressed blacks as a matter of custom, and justice was anything but blind.

Despite this tragic existence, Williams said of Monroe, “My family roots were buried deep in the soil of the South. I couldn’t extract them and bury them somewhere else.” So Williams decided to do what past generations of patriotic Southerners had done — defend his soil against foreign aggressors, namely the Ku Klux Klan.

As head of the local chapter of the NAACP, Williams (who was also a World War II veteran) organized a militia unit he called the Black Armed Guard, trained black men and women to use rifles, and fortified his entire neighborhood by stacking sandbags and stockpiling weapons. It worked.

Today, Ivy League politicians routinely talk about their love of sportsmen and hunting, and that is considered enough to satisfy the rednecks. But the cigar-chomping, gun-toting Williams — a black redneck if there ever was one — wasn’t hunting quail. He was hunting Klansmen.

Williams’ example serves as an eternal reminder that the right to self-defense is indispensable to liberty, as sometimes men need to defend themselves from their government. Just ask Thomas Jefferson.

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Robert Williams is a new hero of mine, and I encourage conservatives to study his example, particularly as a reminder of the importance of gun rights and self defense.

Here is the first of 6 You Tube installments of a PBS documentary on Williams. After the video finishes, along the bottom you will find links to parts 2 – 6. Enjoy: