STONE MOUNTAIN, GA – On Saturday, July 4, a group of “100% black” people named the “Not Fucking Around Coalition” (NFAC) marched through Stone Mountain Park armed and escorted by police.
The founder of the group, who calls himself Grand Master Jay, spoke with Newsweek over the phone Sunday. Jay said:
“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.”
What do they do then? Well, on Independence Day, Jay said:
“Our initial goal was to have a formation of our militia in Stone Mountain to send a message that as long as you’re abolishing all these statues across the country, what about this one?”
In Stone Mountain, Georgia earlier today pic.twitter.com/F2Autd4YtI
— Naomi (@naomiruta) July 4, 2020
The statue he’s referring to is the nation’s biggest Confederate monument near Atlanta.
The Confederate monument is a sculpture of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Southern generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
The NFAC met at this nine-story monument made of a transparent crystalline mineral to start their march. The NFAC gathered with about 1,000 members, each one armed with ammunition and a rifle.
They were challenging the white nationalist groups in the area to come out and fight.
BREAKING – An armed Not Fucking Around Coalition (NFAC) militia in Stone Mountain, Georgia has called out all rednecks to face them on the field of battle.pic.twitter.com/xUPkcT6uqL
— Disclose.tv ? (@disclosetv) July 4, 2020
One protester used a PA system and shouted:
“I don’t see no white militia, the boogie [boogaloo] boys, the three percenters and all the rest of these scared-ass rednecks. We here, where fuck you at? We’re in your house.”
Jay mentioned that the NFAC is not affiliated with the Black Lives Matter.
Earlier in the day, the NFAC were seen alongside demonstrators who were headed to a rally for Rayshard Brooks, who was killed by police at a Wendy’s. Brooks’ sister to the rally requested the NFAC provide her a “security escort” to the rally.
Jay commended the police for showing support to the all-black militia in exercising their Constitutional rights on July 4th.
The Stone Mountain Park main thoroughfare is Robert E. Lee Boulevard. The street was named after the Confederate general who led the South in the Civil War.
— Unapologetic Apology? (@L__Robb) July 5, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the park had been closed, but it reopened for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Requests to remove or alter the monument have surfaced again because of the mass protests and rioting around the nation.
The monument motivated the birth to the Ku Klux Klan and has been a site for white nationalist rallies.
WXIA-TV reported he also said:
“It’s a public park, a state park. We have these protests on both sides of the issue from time to time. We respect people’s First Amendment right. We understand the sensitivities of the issue here at the park … so we respect that and allow them to come in as long as it’s peaceful, which it has been.”
During the march, the leaders of the NFAC militia halted the formation to call out to the local white supremacists and far-right Second Amendment advocates to “stop hiding.”
Other members chanted: “Black Lives Matter, Black Power, Hands up, don’t shoot.”
“We will not allow the murder of another black person, whether it be by white people or black people. I am not fucking around.”
Lest you think he’s just a regular protester speaking in anger, Jay also said:
“It was all Black … there were no brown people, no white people… everyone was Black. I am not a protester, I am the commanding general of my militia, we were swearing in new members.”
Jay also mentioned they’re planning another “show of force” In Phoenix on Saturday.
Organizers of the march want change and say they will “no longer be ignored.”
One of them said:
“We want change that’s really going to permanently help us, we don’t want [any] little change, we want some real change.”
Another organizer said:
“It’s life or death out here, that’s why we’re out here, day by day, practicing our Second Amendment right just like the white folks do.”
Videos of the NFAC march were featured on a Youtube channel called Chaos Stream Network. The caption for the video covering this particular march was titled:
“Coming near you to slaughter white families. We all know were this is going.”
Newsweek reported that when the militia members were asked who the group was by a motorist driving by, a member replied with a question asking how the motorist felt about slavery reparations.
The largest armed Black crowd I’ve ever seen in my life just crossed the front of my house in Stone Mountain. Bigger than any Black Panther engagement I’ve ever encountered #July4th2020 pic.twitter.com/4iH5qx77Ee
— Jollof Rice Brand Ambassador (@_King_Akin) July 4, 2020
Many members of NFAC were apparently outraged by being compared to the Black Panthers, who were a marxist group from the 1960’s to the early 1980’s who open-carried and challenged alleged police brutality.
Violence often accompanied their demonstrations, they tortured a man who they thought was an informant, and even killed an Oakland, CA Police Officer.
Since the Black Panthers are currently trending on Twitter, I'm going to do a long and completely documented thread with a number of things that the media does NOT want you to know about the Black Panther Party & its dangerous connections to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. pic.twitter.com/xKzcSw8ScN
— Lee Stranahan ⏳ (@stranahan) July 5, 2020
NFAC supporters accused Twitter users of being racist for comparing this group to the Black Panthers.
Here’s a picture of a Black Panther militia member marching down the street with an active jam in his weapon. Meaning: this guy has no fucking clue what he’s doing. pic.twitter.com/2yLZzIaLUp
— ★ AmericanVeteran ★ (@MericaVeteran) July 5, 2020
One user stated:
“The Black Panthers haven’t existed since the 80s, and White people who label every militant Black man as a Black panther are being racist as hell. It basically negates the rest of your message about inclusion and diversity. Seriously, it’s ignorant.”
Another user said:
“NFAC: Not Fucking Around Crew, gathered at Stone Mountain State Park. A known place of Ku Klux Klan rallies. Of course racist on Twitter have a problem with it. They’re not the Black Panthers! It’s always a problem when Black people use their 2nd amendment rights.”
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A third commenter said:
“Black Panthers’ is trending because everybody thinks ‘Black people with guns = Black Panthers’. The group is the NFAC. No relation.”
And yet another:
“You pieces of sh** keep calling any armed gathering of BLACK MEN Black Panthers knowing that’s not what they are. The fear of a BLACK MAN keeps you up at night. A BLACK MAN using the 2nd Amendment gives you nightmares.”
One more said:
“Dear EVERY SINGLE DUMBASS calling #NFAC the “Black Panthers” or anything that is a misrepresentation of peace and protection for the Black community. Go suck your mother and open your ears when you done! @realDonaldTrump friends and family #KKK made a threat and here’s a response.”
It’s unknown what threat the user was referring to.
Here are photos of the Black Panthers pulled from Youtube videos:
And here are screenshots from the NFAC this weekend:
Not sure how the groups could be confused.
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