In Today's Episode Of Hidden History -- Robert Williams & The Kissing Case

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    Outspoken and Feared but Largely Forgotten

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    Perhaps the most feared and hated man by Hoover's FBI is a guy by the name of Robert F Williams....oh, and they hated his wife Mabel, too.....Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Williams -- are most famously known for writing the manifesto "Negroes With Guns" and organizing a community group tasked with defending its black citizens from the KKK and other assortments of racists in North Carolina, including the police.

    He was a local N.A.A.C.P. president and World War II veteran who once believed that the judicial system would eventually treat black people fairly, hopefully...that is until he saw time and time again, whites being set free after murdering, raping and beating people in his community, his town, his state. Then came the infamous "Kissing Case" -- the Kissing case was about 2 little black boys (James Thompson and David Simpson ) who were accused of kissing a white girl.
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    'The Kissing Case' And The Lives It Shattered

    "We were playing with some friends over in the white neighborhood, chasing spiders and wrestling and stuff like that," James says.

    "One of the little kids suggested that one of the little white girls give us a kiss on the jaw," he says. "The little girl gave me a peck on the cheek, and then she kissed David on the cheek. So, we didn't think nothing of it. We were just little kids."


    Then in passing the little girl mentioned the kiss to her parents, who were furious and called the police. The two boys (9 and 7) were charged with molestation and sentence to juvenile detention until the age of 21. Robert Williams as head of the NAACP was instrumental in bringing attention to this issue and with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt, they were able to pressure the governor into pardoning the 2 boys.

    However, the incident that really changed Robert the most was the 1959 case of a white man who attempted to rape a pregnant black woman, in front of her child until he was scared away by a white neighbor -- both the child, the neighbor and others in the neighborhood witnessed the assault -- Charges were dismissed when the man's attorney made the case that his client has a pure white woman as a wife, why would he rape an ugly black woman? It worked and he was set free -- this lead Williams to say in a statement "If the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution cannot be enforced in this social jungle called Dixie at this time, then Negroes must defend themselves, even if it is necessary to resort to violence," -- back then, it was considered evil for a black man to protect himself or his family from racial attacks.

    This statement lead to him being suspended by the NAACP and when he formed an armed citizens group called "The Black Guard" for protection against the KKK and racist police -- The idea of a black man teaching other black folks weapons training and self defense training was considered a serious threat to the US Government and it was said that J Edgar Hoover hated Williams more than both King and Malcolm X -- he ultimately had to flee the country and go to Cuba.
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    His wife spoke about the night they fled their home in Monroe and said
    "Rob had a machine gun and I had a Luger," Mabel Williams recalled. They feared lynching, she said. Her husband, she said, was not a Communist, a racist or anti-American, as he has sometimes been labeled. "He loved his country," she said.

    A man organizing his citizens to exercise their constitutional right to arms in the pursuit of protection against ACTUAL physical oppression and tyranny is as American as apple pie -- and the NRA, NAACP, BLM, USA and any other initials you can think of -- all of them should recognize this man for the hero he was and is..

     

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    I saw an excellent documentary about this a few years back. Thanks for posting!
     
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    My grandpa used to talk about him all the time. They definitely had the same point of view on the subject of protecting yourself. He made sure all his grandsons understood the same.

    He was also the inspiration for the Black Panthers.
     
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    Most of these people here willfully have chosen to ignore this and when told how complete whites have ben given things by law, want to call you a racist.
     
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    I expected this post to get crickets....
     
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    My grandfather spoke about him frequently as well, and he also taught all of his grandchildren to never look for trouble, but if it confronts you, finish it.

    Interestingly, as far as the Black Panthers go, they were the only organization that ever prompted the NRA to support a ban on firearms.

    https://www.history.com/news/black-panthers-gun-control-nra-support-mulford-act
     
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    In the time he lived in he was righteous. I am sure I would have had a similar attitude.
     

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