The Forum with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Loaded
March 04, 2018
The award-winning author’s latest book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a provocative, timely and deeply researched history of gun culture and how it reflects the truth about race and power in the United States.
About the guest
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, child of tenant farmers. As a veteran of the 1960s revolution, she has been involved in anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-imperialist movements, union organizing, and was one of the founders of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 1960s. Since 1973, she has focused on Native American and Ethnic Studies and worked with Indigenous communities for sovereignty and land rights and helped build the international Indigenous movement. A historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Native American Studies at California State University, she is author of numerous Indigenous related books and articles, including An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Her most recent book is Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.
About the book
LOADED: A DISARMING HISTORY of the Second Amendment is a provocative, timely, and deeply researched history of gun culture and how it reflects race and power in the United States. America loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded, Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the “gun lobby,” Loaded presents a people’s history of the Second Amendment, as seen through the lens of those who have been most targeted by guns: people of color. Meticulously researched and thought-provoking throughout, this is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the historical connections between racism and gun violence in the United States.
About the moderator
Veteran antitrust litigator Patrick Thompson has spent more than two decades representing clients facing federal and state claims involving price-fixing and monopolization. His experience includes advising clients in such industries as food and beverage, technology, energy, banking and financial services, hospitality and telecommunications. A respected leader in the legal community at the national, state and local levels, Patrick is a presidential appointee to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight. He also served on the Council of the ABA Antitrust Section and on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust, UCL Section of the State Bar of California. Thompson is a former chair of the board of trustees of Grace Cathedral, serves on the board of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and chairs the Finance Committee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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