How a “fear of Black people” led to the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment, which grants the right to bear arms, was partially influenced by a fear of Black people. During the colonial period, militias were formed to protect against slave uprisings and Native American attacks. This fear continued after the American Revolution and led to the inclusion of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. The amendment was seen as a way for white Americans to protect themselves and their property from perceived threats from Black people, particularly those who were enslaved. This fear persisted throughout American history, including during the Civil Rights movement, and continues to be a major factor in debates over gun control laws and the Second Amendment.