Not Fucking Around Coalition
The Not Fucking Around Coalition is an armed black nationalist militia. The group's aims are to create a black nation in Texas, following in the footsteps of the Black separatist tradition in the US in which similar demands have previously been made. The economic foundation of the new state would be based on reparation payments from the US government.
In the USA, militia of weapon freaks and anti-government activists are part of the culture and folklore of the country; usually it is just a show of power. The amazing thing is that such white militias are hardly surprising; America has got used to it. In addition, so-called ' open carry ' states, such as Kentucky and Michigan, are allowed to walk openly with firearms on the street. The fact that a black militia is now appearing on the scene in a similar way to demonstrate that it is serious, is a bit of a shock to America. It seems to be a new step in the radicalization and polarization of the debate on racism.
While it has been linked to the New Black Panther Party, it denies any connection to the Black Panther Party or Black Lives Matter. Its leader John Jay Fitzgerald Johnson, known as Grand Master Jay, states that it is composed of "ex military shooters." Johnson, who was an independent candidate for US president in 2016, stated, "We are a Black militia. We aren't protesters, we aren't demonstrators. We don't come to sing, we don't come to chant. That's not what we do."
The actions of the militia are reminiscent of the Black Panthers from the 1960s-1970s, the revolutionary black nationalist movement that also regularly appeared in public armed. But in fact, the NFAC is now mainly doing what white militias have done to it in recent months. In the anti-lockdown protests, armed militias have come out deliberately intimidating. The clearest example of this was seen on April 30 in Michigan. Then members of the Michigan Liberty Militia occupied the stairs and hall of the Lansing Parliament Building.
After protesters advocating for the reopening of the economy following COVID-19 lockdowns swarmed the Michigan Capitol, a group of concerned black residents organized the armed escort of black state legislator Sarah Anthony in response. Several in the group carried rifles as they walked her safely to the building.
Not Fucking Around Coalition is thought to be an offshoot in part of the Black Hebrew Israelites. There may also be some overlap with the New Black Panther Party. The NBP has no connection with the original Black Panthers, which was a revolutionary socialist organisation. According to some information circulating online he has made antisemitic statements and ascribes to the “Illuminati” conspiracy theory.
In May 2020 NFAC gathered in the Brunswick Georgia neighborhood where Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed by two white residents while unarmed and out jogging. The NFAC descended on Brunswick, Georgia with a show of force so powerful, social media viewers mistook them for the Black Panthers. Grand Master Jay said "... these good old folks were so unaccustomed to seeing melanated people in their neighborhood... We had guns and we had bullet proof vests, and we looked like we were in Iraq or Afghanistan."
Not Fucking Around Coalition protest at Stone Mountain Park, a popular KKK gathering site in Georgia, and demonstrated at the site of a monument depicting Confederate leaders. An estimated 400 - 1000 armed black panthers marching. At 1,000 strong, the NFAC threw down the gauntlet to the far-right militia groups at the Stone Mountain sculpture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and military leaders Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. White nationalist rallies have taken place there in the past, and the monument has historical ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
Hundreds of well armed militia members of the all-Black NFAC marched through Louisville 25 July 2020, greatly outnumbering the members of the rival far-right Three Percenters. Shots rang out in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday as members of thewell armed militia groups converged on the city for a protest against police brutality. Louisville police confirmed three people were injured when a gun discharged as members of the “Not Fucking Around Coalition,” an all-Black militia, gathered in Baxter Park. NFAC’s founder, Atlanta-based rapper and DJ John “Jay” Johnson, said the march was in response to the killing of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who was shot dead by Louisville Metro Police Department officers serving a no-knock warrant on her apartment in March 2020.
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