(CNSNews.com) – A new video depicts graphic scenes of a black man being dragged from his home and hanged from a tree by white men in hooded gowns with a burning cross as a backdrop – a reminder, producers say, of laws that once banned African-Americans from owning firearms.
“Gun control is not a new idea in America,” the text states in the 30-second video released by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). “A call for background checks invokes painful memories of Jim Crow and black codes.”
Star Parker, the founder of CURE, which is launching the “Never Again” ad campaign, says in the video that, “Taking guns from the law-abiding many puts too much power in the hands of an ill-intended few.”
The Second Amendment of the Constitution is a right for all Americans, including blacks, to protect themselves and their families from both private and public violence, she told CNSNews.com.
“It’s very important that we don’t allow gun control to happen again in this country,” Parker said.
If the "Never Again" video is disturbing, that is the point, Parker said. The idea is to educate people about a dark part of the nation’s history when African-Americans were unable to defend themselves because of gun control laws.
In the video, it notes that part of the Mississippi Black Code in 1865 said, “No freedman, Negro, or mulatto shall carry or keep firearms or ammunition,” and further states, “Gun control is unacceptable in America. Never again.”
Ladd Everitt, communications director with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said he does not think the "Never Again" video ad reflects the opinion of the majority of African-Americans.
"I don't think this is the genuine opinion of African-Americans in this country," Everitt told CNSNews.com, referencing polls that he said supported his view. "No group has supported gun control more than African-Americans and that goes back decades."