Author: kennblanchard

Reverend Kenn Blanchard is a USMC veteran, ordained pastor and podcaster that began this journey as a federal police officer and firearms trainer. In 1991, he began teaching security and qualifying, civilians and law enforcement officers for armed duties. In 1992, he became a gun rights activist. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He has served on the Urban Affairs and Training committees of the NRA in the past. He created and founded a national shooting club for African Americans called the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. In 1999 he became known as the Black Man With A Gun after publishing his first book and launching this website in 2000. He has since copyrighted the phrase. After discovering podcasting in 2007, he created the Urban Shooter / Black Man With A Gun Podcast to be able to reach people he has met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom.
Blacks With Guns Make Me Uncomfortable

Blacks With Guns Make Me Uncomfortable

Podcast Episode 668 

The title of this week’s podcast is supposedly attributed to then-Governor Ronald Reagan during the time when the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and Justice (BPP)  marched into Sacramento, CA to voice their opposition to the bill and raise awareness of the brutality that African Americans faced at the hands of law enforcement, the BPP decided to travel to the state capitol in Sacramento. The family of Denzil Dowell, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a California police officer, had approached the BPP for aid earlier that month. In response, the BPP met with the county district attorney and appealed to the sheriff’s department for further investigation into the shooting. Having exhausted the appropriate legal channels with no success, the BPP decided to use the trip to Sacramento to publicize the issue. The threat posed by the Mulford Act resonated even more within the context of the Dowell shooting.

 

Mulford’s bill was a direct response to the BPP’s use of firearms as a mode of protest. Mulford even boasted of his intent to sabotage the organization by calling into an Oakland radio program during a feature including BPP members to publicly announce his proposed bill. The Mulford Act was hardly the first effort to disarm African Americans. For instance, certain Black Codes passed following the Civil War required African Americans to obtain special permits to possess a gun. While earlier legislation was more explicit about its intent to target African Americans, measures like the Mulford Act and its prohibition of public carry technically applied evenly to the entire population. However, gun control legislation like the Mulford Act could be used to target specific groups through application. Furthermore, the Mulford Act did not apply to law enforcement, meaning that police officers had new leverage over the BPP. Newton claimed that the BPP never perceived vigilante groups like the Ku Klux Klan to be its primary threat. Rather, it was state forces such as the National Guard and local police that posed the most danger to the organization. The BPP’s central opposition was law enforcement, and by disarming the BPP while allowing law enforcement to retain its weapons, the Mulford Act would shift the balance of power to favor police officers.

 

Members of the BPP traveled to the capitol on May 2, 1967, and boldly entered the building armed.

This reminds me of some of the many “evergreen” arguments of gun control,   

Open Carry vs Concealed Carry.

Of those that believe in open carry know that the opposition to what you do is based on history like the Mulford Act in 1967.  It is suggested that you practice carrying your firearm at home to learn how it feels before you go out in public if you are able to do so legally.  Also, do you know that you will be judged by others when you do and may have to answer stupid questions as the representative of us all?  They will judge you by your appearance as well. 

 

NEW PODCAST

Introducing a new podcast that is coming in April.  IfIDiedPodcast.com 

Having been in this space and in your ears since 2007 I have grown to appreciate my place as your friend, confidant, and occasional pastor.   I plan to take that up a notch with a new podcast focused on making sure my “peeps” are living their best life, and not succumbing to the enemy within.

Our friends at TimerVaults has a new promotion. 

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Check out this new library of self-defense books and lessons. 

https://schoolofarmsmedia.com 

 

Please continue to support me as I support our community spiritually and with mental health. 

Patreon.com/blackmanwithagun

Patreon.com/speaklifechurch 

 

Check out the latest holsters from Crossbreedholsters.com 

 

And just in case nobody else has told you this today,

I love you.

Kenn

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
If I Died Tonight

If I Died Tonight

Do you realize that 1 in 5 people have considered suicide?

Looking at the title of this post might make you worry about me. I’m fine. I’m launching a new project and I want to share it with you.

The struggles of life, and death is not a fun topic to talk about but recently I had an epiphany that this is something I should create a podcast about. The fact that so many people have thought or are thinking about ending their lives is real. I plan to use my gifts to minister in this podcast.

The podcast will cover more than suicide actually. It is going to cover some of life’s most messed up moments. Some of us don’t know how to process it. Some of us get overwhelmed and think that there is no way out but to end our lives.

Experiencing suicidal thoughts does not always mean that a person will kill themselves. It does mean you need to hear from someone that wants to hear from you.

I have overcome a lot in my life. It does me no earthly good not to help as many people as I can deal with the transitions of life.

You may not be so-called “religious” but it is my faith and belief in God that is orchestrating this in my life. It is my belief that if I do this I will help someone that needs it. There’s a good chance I’ve experienced or know of what you are going through, got beat down for it, and found my way out of it. This show wants to help you survive another week.

I am passionate about life and want more people to enjoy theirs.

There is hardly anything that you can go through that someone else hasn’t. Life doesn’t play favorites. It hits us all.

This COVID-thing is new to everyone under 90 years old, but we’ve even had plagues before.

• Are you dealing with sadness right now?
• Are you grieving?
• Are you feeling guilty for something you done?
• Are you pissed off, I mean angry and think you should get some payback?
• Are you feeling like you are a burden to others, that you are worthless?
• You feeling like is not worth living anymore?
• Do you feel trapped, and it can be physically or emotionally?
• Feeling like things will never get better?
• Are you just in pain?

But wait there’s more:

The show won’t be morbid and sad though. I plan to encourage and share all the wisdom I have and can get from smarter people on strategies for doing better as a person.
Consider me your uncle, brother or friend that wants you to win. I’m still working out the details on how I am going to do this, but I am planning it now. You’ll see some post until then as I work out the kinks of my plan.

All I know is that I am called to do it. I want to use this voice, this heart and this spirit to save a soul. We’ll see where it goes from there.

I even have an ameliorated title for the podcast.

If I Died Tonight Podcast coming soon.

If you want to be notified of all the developments, you can email me.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Pastor

Pastor

Every community has their holy men, shaman, religious leaders. I am one for the gun community. I am the Friar Tuck of this band of merry minutemen and women that believe in God. I haven’t been promoting it or sharing it openly but have been participating in weddings, funerals, baptisms and private counselings when life events make us jump in the foxhole.

There are no atheist in a foxhole.

When you are contemplating next steps, life and death and where you are going from here, I’ve been called upon to offer an ear, solace, comfort, experience, empathy, and love. Its not a sexy job but I’ve been called to it. I am hard wired to it. I’ve been doing it since 2001.

Sometimes it seems to conflicted with my pro-gun stuff until I realized I was serving the community I was in. I was ordained and served as pastor to Historic Berean Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for seven years before creating the Speak Life Church, Incorporated.  I still rock the collar but I do it all virtually now.

I’m the pastor of patriots, pistoleros and paladins.

Speak Life is striving to be a continuation of the ministry of the Apostle Paul using technology. Church and fellowship is not about the building you are in, it is about learning and growing closer to Jesus. It is about building friendships and a community. Through the website, podcasting, video, live streaming and social media, people can be reached that do not feel at home in a traditional church. However, Speak Life is not all about technology. Phone calls, personal visits and meet ups are also a huge part of fellowship and are an even larger part of the roadmap for the church.

Although technically, Speak Life has only been operating for several years now, here are some of our successes:

* Helped prevent seven suicides
* Saved several marriages
* Organized charitable fundraisers for good causes
* Saved the home of a terminally ill veteran
* Provided fishing trips and ministry to a senior citizen, dying of cancer
* Officiated at 18 weddings

Our Mission

To restore and strengthen the family, provide hope for those in need and offer a non-traditional place of worship, using technology to be anywhere. All are welcome, including those souls still searching for what they believe in.

Speak Life Church is an IRS 501 (c)3 recognized religious charity, incorporated in the State of Maryland in 2018.
A fellowship that uses technology to create a non-traditional place of life-affirming strength and worship everywhere to everyone.

Check out our weekly podcast at speaklifepodcast.com

Contact info if you need me:

pastor@speaklifechurch.net

Ways you can support the Mission.

Givelify

PayPal Charity

Patreon

Amazon purchases

You can support the ministry by check or money order by sending it to Speak Life Church, PO BOX 2, upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
The Rights of Gun Owners – Podcast Episode 662

The Rights of Gun Owners – Podcast Episode 662

What do you do after you buy your firearm, learn, train, share your knowledge and have fun with it?  You have to defend your right to it.  Politically– gun control is a staple in America.  And after the past four years,  this country is more divided than it was since 1975. 

If you are a new gun owner, I am asking you to consider becoming a gun rights activist.  If you belong to a new gun club or group, I am suggesting that someone be designated to be the  legislative rep; the one that learns about gun laws, state bills, issues for the rest. The one that will make time to go and sit, talk to, represent us.   

With the increase of black, brown and other gun owners from what is called Traditional, there is a need for us to also step up and represent our clubs, associations and rights.  As America mends, as the Republic repairs itself,  it is going to be slow.  Our enemies will take this opportunity to hurt the future of ALL gun owners. 

This is my appeal.  Uncle Kenn Wants You! 

I am asking you to do more than wear black battle fatigues and parade around.  I’m asking you to do more that show off your range time “kings and queens” on social media.

Social media has created an environment of fearlessness, carelessness, thoughtlessness, hopelessness, false bravado, misinformation, and racism.  Those things have always been but it has upped its game.

When the dust settles, and the battle for gun rights begins again, the sage gun clubs, organizations and cool old white guys will be dismissed  like the middle of the road folks have been.  They will be compared to and accused of being insurrectionist, racist and nuts 10 x more than before.  WHY – because they helped.  They made it easy. They fell into the trap.

Friends I am talking to you. We have been pitted against each other;  SUCCESSFULLY.  Your hot buttons have been pushed.  You’ve exercised your rights to speak out and do what you wanted and it hurt us all.  

From my optic, law enforcement has less support than since 1968.  (Successful campaigns)

Attention whores rule social media and magazines covers.

There will be less interaction between the new gun owner and the old because of the discourse, media and stances folks have taken. (propaganda)

We are caught up in the fantasy.  We still want to be crusaders, black panthers, confederates, punishers, tactical spectacular militia and minute-men.  

NINJA please!

 

Support the show.  https://patreon.com/blackmanwithagun

https://Buymeacoffee.com/kennblanchard

Thanks

Kenn

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Lynx Defense Range Bag Review

Lynx Defense Range Bag Review

When you are almost famous people send you stuff to review.  I was blessed to receive a Lynx Defense Pistol Range Bag to check out.  I have really good news for you.  Its a really good range bag and I will be giving it away to a subscriber on BlackManWithAGun.com newsletter and friends list.  If you are not on the list, you can’t get it.  I have decided to have a giveaway as often as I can to folks that I know and support the podcast and blog. Not on the list?  C’mon, what are you waiting for?

The Lynx Defense Pistol range bag is about 15” long and is a must for your ear and eye protection, ammo and magazines.  It will hold a lot more.  Your mileage may vary.  It’s 100% American made sewn products for shooting sports, military law enforcement and hunting applications.  It is made with good water resistant material,  good zippers, and the velcro is a monster on the inside.  You can arrange your bag on the inside as you see fit.  

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
I Got An Award

I Got An Award

The Second Amendment Foundation has been a steady source of friends, and information in my journey. From this organization I met and miss the late John Synder, and Joe Tartaro who were my gun rights mentors. It is with great honor and appreciation that I accept the 2020 Gun Blogger of the Year award from my friends at SAF.

When I got started in firearms training in 1986 for the US Government, I noticed how the knowledge I had wasn’t common. Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 1990, I decided to open my own firearms and emergency medical training company. African American Arms and Instruction, Inc. (A3i) failed. I didn’t know what I didn’t know about business, the gun culture, and the myself. By 1991, I became a gun rights evangelist. First introducing the practicality and responsibility of gun ownership to families in Balitmore, and Prince Georges County, Maryland. I founded the Tenth Cavalry Gun Club. It grew faster than I was prepared for. I started working with the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, the National Rifle Association, CATO Institute, and others gun groups that didn’t get along with each other. I became an ambassador and diplomat in the gun culture. I fostered relationships, screened and helped people get seen. The gun club grew into a chapter in DC, Baltimore and NJ.

The journey wasn’t smooth.  While I was still employed by the government I was being watched by internal affairs for being a gun rights activist.  I sacrificed promotions, positions and a career. I feared every media photo or TV appearance I was on. I was hoping that something I did for my country would allow me to be able to support my family.  It didn’t happen.  This was before Google, Facebook and modern social media platforms used today by the hundreds of pro-gun activist, gun bunnies and trainers.

As an unpaid lobbyist and activist I have testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense.

I attended my first Gun Rights Policy Conference in San Francisco in 1994. I have been the recipient of the National Rifle Association’s Carter-Knight Freedom award, the Second Amendment Foundations’ Gun Defender Award of the month (August 1997) and the St. Gabriel Possenti medal from the St. Possenti Society.

I have been involved in almost every pro-rights case that involved a person of color in the background. I have voiced commercials for TV against racist gun laws in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore. I’ve been featured internationally and in four documentaries. I have been speaking professionally since 1992. I have provided voice-overs for pro-gun commercials in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore.

I’ve been kicked out of churches, halls, yelled at by anti-rights groups and maligned by pastors before social media. My book was dissed by Oprah, African American book stores and family. I”ve been accused of being a militant, and a revolutionary.  I’ve been said to be too nice, a sell out, a coon, and not militant enough.

Like Johnny Cash, “I”ve Been Everywhere Man.”

 

In 1999, a good friend helped me get the Black Man With A Gun Blog online. It was a major and financial undertaking back then. People where just getting familiar with America Online 1.0 and I had a website promoting a book. The Black Man with a Gun was a homage to the only other book of its kind written by Robert F. Johnson, Negroes With Guns; published in 1968.

The first edition of Black Man with a Gun was featured in the August 2001 edition of American Rifleman. I was featured in the Washington Business Journal on Jan. 2002.  I was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal (1999) as a security expert. I have served on the Urban Affairs, and Training committees of the NRA in the past. I’ve was an advisor/editor for the creation of the Refuse to Be a Victim course book.

After discovering podcasting in 2007, I created the Urban Shooter Podcast now called the Black Man with a Gun Show to be able to reach people I have met as an activist and encourage them to stay in the fight for freedom. I use my podcast to inspire, entertain and share parts of history that few have heard.

Since I began, I have taken the position of counselor, cheer leader, motivator and protector of the realm. I am the unofficial chaplain of our movement. I care more about my community than products. I protect and serve now more often one-on-one, sharing life experiences, wisdom and dad jokes.

I am the pastor of patriots, pistoleros and paladins.

I got an award, yo!

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Conversation with US Navy Seal, Thom Shea

Conversation with US Navy Seal, Thom Shea

Focus can change your life. When you focus on your life to make it better, it happens. This week I decided to drop some things and expand on others.  The inspiration for this was a conversation I had with a U.S. Navy SEAL,

(Ret.) Senior Chief, Thom Shea.  I have a couple of other podcasts and the one focused on self-improvement was blessed to have him as a guest.

 

Thom is quite accomplished.
* He served 23 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL
* He is the only SEAL in history to endure the infamous “Hell Week” FIVE times, after being knocked out four times due to illness or injury
* He was hand-selected to serve as Officer In Charge of the famed SEAL Sniper course (he’s trained the best of the best; I like to call him “The SEAL behind the SEALs”)
* Bestselling author of “Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life” and his new release “Three Simple Things: Leading During Chaos”
* Retired with distinguished valor, having earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and two Combat Action Medals
* He’s trained thousands of people around the world via his company, Unbreakable Leadership

 

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Here’s the video that almost didn’t make it.  It’s raw but the start of a campaign for vets, warriors and law enforcement to not give up.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
How Important Is A Brand?

How Important Is A Brand?

The Bible says that names are important. That is the best reference I have for wisdom that is older and more respected than I. Have you noticed how some people in the Bible had their names changed? You name a person Mal for example, and you can expect bad things to happen. A brand is similar. You are a brand. I am a brand. My brand has changed as I aged. I’ve been online since 1999 but didn’t understand the power of a brand, or a social media presence. I used mine as an alias to help me keep my good government job. That is not a good way or suggested way to use a brand or a name by the way. I became famous for being known internationally as the Black Man With A Gun (TM) but not rich. That is what I really wanted. I wanted to have money like Scrooge McDuck but it didn’t happen. My brand today is to inspire people and help them live their best life.

I just started this new page in my life. It’s a good time for it. We just got through the worse year for many with COVID-19 and the Coronavirus pandemic. I restarted the Urban Shooter Podcast aka the Black Man With A Gun Show earlier this year by popular demand and I am having fun with it. There are a lot of new firearms owners and activist out here. They are the target audience I was aiming for twenty five years ago. Along my journey though I saw just as much grief and trouble that was not firearms related. It moved me to serve as a pastor. That brand didn’t jibe with some people.

Guns and Religious people – OMG! Like Daniel Boone and other Mountain Men, I blazed a trail for many. I took a few hits.

I learned that I loved working in recording studios and radio stations. I learned I loved podcasting and never stopped. I’ve voiced commercials that I didn’t get paid for. I learned and still learning to market myself kennblanchard.com as a voice talent. I’m learning about flow, and pacing, inflection and the business of voice acting. Podcasting since 2007 has helped my diction, focus and the art of editing. If you want a voice over artist, check me out. That and a new love I have for guitar are my things. I found joy in reconnecting to my past during this shut down. I want to help other do the same.

I have this new brand that reminds me of the Looney Tunes logo of my childhood. It is my new mantra.

It is not too late to be what you might have been.

It doesn’t matter that I am a former US Marine. I was a federal police officer. I was a pretty good CIA Intel analyst. And have been known internationally as the Black Man With A Gun. I’ve been involved in almost every pro-rights event that involved a person of color. I have lobbied the US Congress. I have testified in the state legislatures of Virginia, Texas, South Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, and Wisconsin. I have done commercials for TV against racist gun laws and been featured in four documentaries. He is the author of several books and has a successful podcast with over a million downloads. I have pastored a small Baptist church in Washington, DC. I have managed by the grace of God to stay married for almost thirty years. My brand is to encourage others to live their best life. This new brand is to help and inspire others through my podcast and online activities to try new things. Try old things. That it is never too late to be happy.

https://teespring.com/stores/rev-kenn-blanchard-show

Let me know how I can motivate, inspire or encourage you to not give up or give in till you win. This is my brand. And though it may not have anything to do directly with the gun argument or the foolishness that people like to promote to today as their brand, let’s see which one does the most good.

My podcast(s) are extensions of my brand. If you would like to hear my faith based show, an online church, listen to the podcast from http://speaklifechurch.net  If you want to hear me free-flowing and just cutting up with my motorcycle buddies, check out my motorcycle podcast which is good for any brand you ride although I am partial to the Indian Motorcycle.  Which I don’t even own yet.  And the podcast that is leading in downloads and has been since 2007 from Blackmanwithagun.com .  And finally, the Rev. Kenn Blanchard Show is a summation of them all tied together with the bow of positivity.  

 

Be careful of who and what you let into your head.  Please remember it ain’t too late to change.

 

kennblanchard.com 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Black Man With a Gun for Silencerco

Black Man With a Gun for Silencerco

The  year 2020 has been difficult for many of us.  I am glad to get some good news and share with you.  The ranges have been packed with new gun owners.  Most look like me.  It is unbelievable. 

Fear is still behind the sales but it aint the first time.  

What is the good news?

I am happy to announce that I will be a brand ambassador for the world’s largest firearm silencer manufacturer, SilencerCo. The company based in West Valley, UT is the nation’s leading designer and manufacturer of suppressors. SilencerCo is dedicated to creating products that will improve sound reduction levels, durability and longevity, form and function, ease of use and maintenance in ways never thought of or achieved.

I’m excited because I get to share my journey with you through social media.

Brand Ambassador

I used to think that silencers were only for the rich.  Some people think silencers are only for bad guys in the movies. And although the government has made it tough to get a suppressor you can own one legally.  In the upcoming videos and blog post,  I am going to be sharing the 5W’s  (Why, who, where, when, and What) of suppressors from my friends at SilencerCo.  The one in the video is an Osprey model that is on my Gen 3 Glock 17.  My review and demos are not going to be from a tech guy perspective.  We will talk tech but I am not geeking out on it and pretending to be an engineer or tinkerer.  This will be from a regular guy, gun enthusiast, law abiding suburban gun owner like you.  

There are some cool things about its design.  I hope to share who made the thing.  Why you should get one or two.  How it can help you.  How to get one.  When they were created.  And stuff that you won’t hear anywhere else.  You’ll see my flubs and mistakes.  I plan to share the journey with you so you can start off smarter.   

Unfortunately, if you live in the District of Columbia, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and the Rhode Island you can’t own one.  You can get one is you are a legally eligible to purchase a firearm in your state of residence, able to pass a BATFE background check and are at least 21 years of age you can  purchase from a dealer. 

They are called cans, mufflers, silencers and suppressors. 

How they work is simple. 

  1. Instead of exiting directly from the muzzle, propellant gases first enter the silencer’s expansion chamber, losing some of their energy.
  2. Pressure continues to divert and slow within the baffles while heat dissipates, allowing the projectile to exit before the majority of the gas.
  3. As a result, the report of the shot is suppressed to a hearing-safe level and the de-corking effect, or BANG!, is mitigated.

 

As I learn, I’ll share the details with you here or on Silencerco.com so you can get the truth about silencers.  

Subscribe to the podcast, blackmanwithagun.com  and the YouTube channel.  

 

Kenn

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Dear White Man

Dear White Man

 

Dear White Man,

I’m writing to you today because of all that’s going on in the nation. I thought you might need to hear a few words of encouragement from your friend and your brother from another mother. You and I have been pretty close since 2007, when I started my podcast in the basement of my house. You’ve invited me to your home. We’ve broken bread together. We’ve laughed, hugged, even. We’ve smoked cigars. We’ve shared in this Second Amendment fight. We’ve been to speeches. I’ve been a speaker at different events with you. You’ve heard my sermons in church. You’ve introduced me to your family, to your kids. We’ve come through a lot of stuff in these last twenty years or so. Some of us have been together even longer than that. We met, maybe, at the Second Amendment Foundation’s annual meeting, or the National Rifle Association’s meeting across the country, or occasionally you caught me at SHOT Show. We laughed and had some good times.

Well, my white brother, the time’s they are a’changin’. I see your frustration. I hear your anger. I read what you write in your posts. I see the memes you make. Or, I’ve noticed your absence online or in comments. Well, you know me. I haven’t changed. I never run from a fight. I’m talking more about love. Like the song that says nobody’s interested in learning it, but the teacher, it seems.

We got segregation, determination, demonstrations, integration, aggravation, humiliation, and no obligation to our nation. It’s a ball of confusion right now. That’s what the world is today. Yeah.
You got young folks walking around with their heads in the sky and cities aflame in the summertime. And though, the beat goes on. I think yesterday was the eve of destruction. We’re still looking for tax deductions and city inspectors, and Bill the collector, evolution, revolution, gun control, and the sound of soul. They’re still shooting rockets to the moon, but kids are still growing up too soon. It’s a Ball of Confusion, baby.

And I feel you. I understand where you’re coming from.

So, my white brother, I’m just here to tell you that I understand. I’m just giving you a shoutout that I don’t blame you for squat. I don’t. I know who you are. You’ve been the same with me since the beginning. Back when I was the lone brother out here. I was never totally alone, but I was pretty much the singleton. I remember how you treated me and my family, and then my friends, and then my club, and then as I grew my own advocacy and activism, and I grew, and you kept asking me, “How can I get more people of color into my group? How can I get more folks like you in my range?” And we just continued to push on. I know your heart. I know you’re not a racist. I know where you’re coming from, and I ain’t afraid to tell it, truth be told. I’ll still stand with you, even though right now some of you got your war face on. Yeah, you do. Let me tell you about anger.

There are three types of anger that the psychologists can recognize pretty easily. The first is the hasty and sudden anger, and it’s all connected to self-preservation. You think everybody’s after you, so you’re striking out at everybody else. I’m just here to tell you that it’s not me. Remember, we’ve been together a long time. I know who you are, really. The second type is the settled and deliberate anger — a reactionary thing. It’s the deliberate harm or unfair treatment of others. It’s an episodic type of anger. I know that’s not you. And, the third is a dispositional anger. It’s related more to a character trait. It means something’s wrong with you. You’re irritable, sullen. There’s some stuff wrong. Anger can potential mobilize psychological resources and boost the determination toward correction of wrong behaviors, like the promotion of social justice and the communication of negative sentiment and redress of grievances. It can also facilitate patience. In contrast, anger can be destructive when it does not find its appropriate outlet in expression.

Some of you guys are angry white men. And, you’re having a hard time navigating the situation. What happens? The angry person loses their objectivity, your empathy — which you had so much of before — your prudence or your thoughtfulness that you had, that you showed me. And sometimes you can get so pissed off you harm yourself. To all my angry white brothers out there, step back, and take a breath. One of the things I know about anger is that it can get you out of sorts. It can trigger some other stuff. It can make you rely more on stereotypes, and pay less attention to details and more attention to the superficial. That’s what I’m seeing in the memes. Anger is like any other negative emotion, like sadness or fear. Anger can mess up your analytical thinking. One of the things I liked about you before was you’re smart. Now, you’re sayin’ stupid stuff. If it’s not you, it’s the guy next to you. I know it’s tight, but it’s right. Why are you angry?

Because, hey, there’s fear in the air. There’s tension everywhere. Unemployment’s rising fast, and the band played on. Population’s out of hand, suicide, too many bills, hippies movin’ to the hills, people all over the world are shouting, “End the war!” And, the band played on.

Don’t you hear me talking to you? Do you know what one of the greatest motivators in the world is? Loss. Nobody likes to lose anything. So, what’s wrong with America right now? Folks have lost what they used to have — lack of leadership, the polarization of our nation, irresponsibility, the adoption of extremist philosophies, domestic terrorism, erosions of the right to be politically correct. Convenient truths, the rewriting of history for personal gain, the sense of entitlement, the fact that we kicked God out of almost everything we do. The end of “live and let live.” That whole tolerance thing, that politicians are just in it for the money, plain old complacency — what Martin Luther King called “indifference.” Nihilism. That’s a big word. Lack of good jobs. Fidelity….where did she go? Worship of the state, and a plain old loss of respect for other people?

I know you know this, I’m just here to remind you that I feel your pain, that I understand what you’re mad about. I’m just here to tell you that I know who you are. I still like you. Back in 1999, I created a website called Black Man with a Gun . I thought I’d be ostracized and kicked out by the whole world except for a few other radically black people like me. Yeah. I was woke before folks was born. But, you who was awoke before I was? You were. Some of you actually told me about the Deacons of Defense and Justice. Some of you told me about Ossian Sweet. Some of you told me about my own history. I had to go learn about it, and research it and find out about all my relatives, and how I was connected to it. My whole life, I’d been around it, but I missed it. You helped me realize that nobody knows everything, and all of us make mistakes. So, I took my militant butt to the wood shed, and learned some history. And, when I learned, I was on fire for this thing, and decided I was going to teach my world what I learned. I was going to share my knowledge with as many people as I could. And, you still supported me. You didn’t even see me. You didn’t see me get jumped in the church. You didn’t see me get beat down on the street corner. You didn’t hear about what happened after we testified in court in Baltimore or Annapolis — how the Mothers Against Guns ganged up on me, and how, through the grace of God, I was able to let them see the truth, the real truth. You supported me during evangelism for the right to keep and bear arms for almost twenty years. I was doing this crap before we had Google and Instagram and Facebook, but I’m actually kind of tired right now — tired of defending, tired of arguing the same old argument, but luckily, there’s quite a few younger people, younger brothers and sisters that are doing it! And I got nothing but praise for them, except for when they think they’ve created something that’s new and original. Then, they forget where they’ve come from.

So, my angry white brother, failure isn’t final. You know it’s interesting that failing and falling both begin with the same letter. Now, if you’ve gotten mad when you fell, you probably wouldn’t try to stand up anymore. But, if you looked at the fall and the sequence as just something that is — is it what it is — it becomes what you make of it. And, you looked at it as opportunity to learn, which, you did, as a baby, ok? Every baby does. And, what do we do? We get right back up, regardless of failing, and try it again, and you keep doing it until that one day, when you’re walking. Well, right now, we’re falling a lot. We got folks who thing they know stuff they don’t. We got people who are in charge who shouldn’t be, but the brain does not learn from success. The brain learns from the intense scrutiny after the failure to chunk whatever you’re trying to do into it with four or five different parts, and try to figure out the sequence that does work right. And, then it’s going to fire all those circles again. We learn very little from success. So, right now, we’re failing a lot. It looks like Hell warmed over, but be patient. We’ve been here before. The only bad part is people don’t remember the late 60’s, the early 70’s which would soon come — leaders and carpetbaggers, and all of that. We’ve gone through this before.

Folks were taking drugs back in the 60’s trying to take the pain out of living. Now, they just go ahead and kill themselves outright. We need to take more care of our neighbors. We need to take more care of ourselves. We need to watch what we put into our heads — junk in, junk out. We need to realize that all of this stuff is temporary. No storm lasts forever. And, it’s okay to be angry. You can be an angry, white man. Just don’t be angry at me. I didn’t cause none of this trouble! Some of it is good trouble. Some of it’s B.S. Right now that Serenity Prayer is pretty tight, but its right. Where it says,

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

That’s how we’re going to get out of this funk, white man! white woman! And for those who are not white who listen to your friend and brother from another mother, I just gave you somebody’s else side for you to think about before you judge them. We all live in a pluralistic society. I really didn’t even know what that was until recently, but I want you to look that up.

We all are born and we grow with different natures which, in return, leads us to have different likes and dislikes, inclinations and disinclinations, temptations and abilities to perform and act. I’m asking you today — white or black, brown, yellow, pink, or multi-colored, to try to understand somebody else. Avoid blaming people. You must understand that people don’t care about you. This isn’t because people are mean or hurtful, it’s just because they’re always focused on themselves. You don’t figure in as their priority. In their process, most of their thoughts are self-directed.

Everybody’s thinking, “My goals. My problems. My feelings.” Yeah. All of us are like that. Mostly, we are all self-centered, but you have to be morally accountable for your actions in this day-to-day life. Keep on understanding that people who appear to be mean or hurtful do not usually do it intentionally, unless they’re sociopathic. It should not deviate you from your appropriate conduct. To say everyone is completely selfish is a gross exaggeration that ignores all the kinds of acts of kindness, sacrifice and love that make this damn world work. Believe it or not, everyone is emotional, and that’s not an exaggeration. We look for reliability in the process of sharing where their strong feelings or points of view are paid due attention, but it’s important to find common ground when you try to interact with people. Understanding is everything. Communication is the secret sauce of the world. Believe it or not, people have short memories. You think they remember your birthday or event? Nah. Most people don’t recollect instances that don’t have anything to do with them. It’s just how we are. They do remember, most likely, similarities or approaches to things that are like theirs. Thats’ how I can say what I’m saying right now, because I’ve been around like fifty-eight years.

Almost forty of those years have been involved in this Second Amendment thing, in some way or another. Almost. Learn to have passion to listen to others. When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen, but when you’re a good listener, you can develop a better rapport with other people. Now, why am I telling you this? I know you’re grown. You’re old enough to do what the Hell you want, I know. But, who else is going to tell you that you might have a chance to listen? I know you know it — I’m just here to remind you. Develop that animal instinct. You know, it’s really interesting to learn from animals sometimes. They create new life with a purpose, and learn to survive. We have to keep on understanding at each level of a relationship to survive and procreate. You don’t have to read too much into the process of dealing with others to survive and procreate. Sometimes, we think too much. Just do the right thing. Spike Lee was right on that one. Understanding people who don’t look like you is a process of growing. It involves traveling down a path of your lives and making decisions. There will be mistakes, which everyone makes. The importance lies in learning from them to grow stronger. It also guides you to be true to you.

I’m not apologizing for anything except my own behavior. I wrote this letter because we have a problem. We’re more divided than ever, and some folks like it. You know, there’s power in segregation, hate, bigotry, and fear. Those who spread it, share it, joke about it, help it. Everybody who’s gone through something, it has changed them in a way they should never go back to the person they once were. Everybody.

So, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, and see what they see, hear what they hear, feel what they feel. Then, maybe you’ll understand — me, too! — why I do what I do. You know my name, but not my story. You’ve heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through. The most difficult thing in this life is to know yourself. We’re all going through something right now. It’s an opportunity to do better, to mend a fence, build a bridge, start over if you messed up. Having good morals is still a good thing. Having some core values is still a good thing. Having some wisdom is still a good thing. Thinking before you speak is still a good thing. Check your anger. Check your resources. Check how you’re rollin’. Are you acting like someone else? Or are you acting like you? We can all get this thing back on track if we first take care of our own selves. And, that’s it for this. I’m going to call it quits right there.

You know, at the end of every show, I always say, “just in case nobody has told you this today: I love you.” Well, if you’re wondering how I can love you, and I don’t even know you, check this: Some people hate me, and they don’t know me either. I choose to love.

Shalom baby,

Kenn


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