Open Carry Texas Says It Still Wants to March in the Fifth Ward

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This weekend marked the second time Open Carry Texas planned to march in one of Houston's historically African American neighborhoods. And, for the second time, the Open Carry Texas folks called it off.

Why? Well, things got pretty ugly last week when representatives of the Fifth Ward, led by Quanell X, head of the New Black Panther Party in Houston, and representatives of the Houston branch of Open Carry Texas, led by David Amad, sat down to hash things out. The original plan was to hold a rally to encourage people in the historically African American neighborhood to get armed and do some of that gun-toting stuff that is so near and dear to the hearts of those in the Open Carry movement. Amad says he sees the rallies a way of encouraging African Americans to exercise their Second-Amendment rights to carry guns. The problem is many representatives of the Fifth Ward don't exactly see things from that angle.


Amad still says that this whole thing isn't about race; it's about guns, the power they give to the people, and who has the power, or, you know, the guns. "The mission of Open Carry Texas is to promote the open carry of firearms in Texas in all the neighborhoods in Texas, and the Fifth Ward just happens to be the next neighborhood in Texas we plan on going to," Amad says. "We try and be as intelligent and reasonable as we possibly can. We're not here to make enemies."

The Open Carry rally was first scheduled to be held back in June -- actually on Juneteenth weekend, which may or may not have been a coincidence. There was an outcry in the Fifth Ward community, and charges of racism flew (apparently a bunch of armed white guys marching through a black neighborhood on the anniversary of the freeing of Texas slaves can inflame racial tensions).

However, Amad insists that was the furthest thing from the intentions of the group. After some careful consideration, that first rally was scrapped while Amad reached out to some Fifth Ward leaders to talk things out and see if they could set up another rally.

The rescheduled march was supposed to take place on Saturday, but Amad said he talked with Quannell X, the leader of the New Black Panthers, and they had lots of friendly and peaceful discussions about the rally over the past few weeks, according to Amad (we're still waiting for Quanell X to give us his side of the story.) But Amad says the tone changed last week when Quanell X started talking to media types, criticizing the Open Carry folks, and saying that his people could take care of themselves. (The police shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, and the resulting riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the previous probably didn't help things, either.)

A meeting last week in the Fifth Ward rapidly deteriorated into verbal scrapping while a bevvy of reporters looked on. After that members of the state branch of Open Carry Texas voted to cancel the Fifth Ward rally so they can sit down with some different Fifth Ward leaders to talk things out and see if there's a better way to handle the whole thing. "We haven't canceled anything. It's just been postponed," Amad insists. "The Fifth Ward leaders recommended that we meet with them in private, away from all the cameras, and then talk about this and see what we can do."


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miss_msry
miss_msry topcommenter

In the 80s (maybe early 90s) The New Black Panthers open carried during a death penalty protest in Huntsville and it was no big deal.

h_e_x
h_e_x

"We're not here to make enemies."

That might be the biggest bald-face lie I have ever heard in my life.

kressy
kressy

More people carrying guns is a bad idea generally. 

More people carrying guns in the black community is a really bad idea, given the record of law enforcement, an example of which we've been seeing recently.

Anthony Colicci
Anthony Colicci

Or you could just exercise your open carry right personally and privately as it was intended and not be some dipshit who has to walk down the street and show off your guns

H Newcomb
H Newcomb

Of course they do. And I'd love to watch - from a safe distance with a solid fence to duck behind. Can't happen soon enough, I think.

Wolff DeLong
Wolff DeLong

They're planning a function WITH the 5th Ward, not necessarily IN the 5th Ward.

RoosterMcGee
RoosterMcGee topcommenter

Funny that Quannel X has a problem with a majority white group marching in 5th Ward but he did the same exact thing in River Oaks and didnt see anything wrong with it.  

N_Buck
N_Buck

@RoosterMcGee I think it's two different situations.

If a group of white people wanted to march in the 5th Ward, then Quannel X has no right to say anything. But that was not the case. It was a group of people (regardless of race) walking around with guns. Dude, EVERYONE has opposed this.

Quannel X and crew didn't walk around River Oaks with guns on display. If so, then he would have no right to talk.

At the end of the day, there is a better way to go about this. I believe in gun rights and I think everyone in 5th Ward should as well. Have community awareness trainings/meetings. Educate the community on their rights. You know, the stuff that will actually make a difference, NOT incite a riot.

salmon_grundy
salmon_grundy

@RoosterMcGee why is it funny? while I could care less about Quannel X, any fool could see this was a powder keg waiting to explode. it's called common sense

RoosterMcGee
RoosterMcGee topcommenter

@nayakno @RoosterMcGee so you're a hypocrite too?  Don't you find the humor in how backwards Quannell X is? He's the definition of a hypocrite over and over and over again....if it doesnt fit his agenda then it's prejudice. He plans marches in to River Oaks for no damn good reason except that it's a majority white rich neighborhood, but he does have a problem with majority white people meeting in 5th Ward to discuss guns? 

RoosterMcGee
RoosterMcGee topcommenter

@salmon_grundy @RoosterMcGee...but marching into River Oaks (which was organized by Quannel X) is not a powder keg waiting to explode?  That's what is funny....it's one-sided. 

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