Heroes and Rebels

A different sort than we usually celebrate, says Reason magazine, but worthy in ways we don't like to consider:
Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm, a rhythm and blues nightclub, a bootlegging operation, and a large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they attempted to encroach on his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote. After one confrontation, in which a pistol-packing Chinn forced the notoriously racist and brutal local sheriff to stand down inside the county courthouse during a hearing for a civil rights worker, the lawman admitted, "There are only two bad sons of bitches in this county..."
The sheriff thought himself one, and Chinn the other. It's a good story.

1 comment:

Texan99 said...

Mainstream media players have been having a hard time understanding Dr. Carson's point about how various parts of history might have played out differently if the victimized population had been armed.