Presented tonight at the NAACP Image Awards with the Spingarn Award honoring outstanding achievement by an African American, Harry Belafonte urged blacks to get involved in the national conversation on guns.

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Not everyone was as impressed with Belafonte’s passionate anti-gun speech.

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Harry Belafonte and the NAACP:

    “”The group most devastated by America’s obsession with the gun are African Americans.”

    Guns that are wielded by other African Americans, Harry. Or are you too cowardly to mention that most salient fact?

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Wha’, just because every other rap “song” is about blowin’ away b1tches n snitches wif my nine?

  • LochGates44

    Hasn’t his banana boat sank yet?

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    “You know he’s not there for fluffy speeches”
    Au contraire, mon amis . . .

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    The poetry of 50 cent:

    i return, stronger than ever
    i get the creepin in the so get the fallin
    now we can hit them with the clipper wicked 38 revolver
    then you can understand what i’m sayin when i’m sayin i’m all in
    so if you ffff em with the you ni66ers better call
    dial 911, tell them i got a gun,
    i come through, put that pressure on them
    wear that smith & wesson on them
    damn it i came i cop see a lot
    six shot body rock and they drop burning hot
    bleed ni66er bleed till you start feeling cold
    you know you ni66ers really don’t serve a purpose

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    cont.:

    2 ni66az in the front, 2 ni66az in the back

    Thats 4 ni66az ridin’ strapped in grandpa’s Cadillac

    The voice in my head say ffff all these ni66az

    Then I start thinkin’, I should rob all these ni66az

    Man my homies then wan’ do whatever I wan’ do

    I say I wan’ eat they say shtt we wan’ eat to

    Lets ride around find a ni66a stuntin’ on front street

    With the shine’s on ni66az be lookin’ like lunch meat

    I run up on a ni66a, pop one on the floor

    Tell um come up off that shtt ‘fore we start poppin’ some more

    Ffff a ski mask, man ni66az know who I iz

    I got a full clip and ni66az know I get biz

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Continued:

    I was shinin’ my nine, ya know how I do
    I got a fully loaded clip, I be on dat shtt
    I got-I got a fully loaded clip
    I got a fully loaded clip, I be on dat shtt
    I got-I got a fully loaded clip

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    And as much more as I can take. . .

    I do this all the time, stuck with a little shine
    Walk with a little nine, case I get in a bind
    They say I’m fuckin’ crazy, they think I’m out my mind
    Cause I’m down to bust a ni66a head all the time
    Now you know the hoes, they know how I roll
    In that new Rolls with the suicide doors
    22 inch chrome, a ni66a money low
    You try to touch me, I put out ya get ya brains blown

    • ktowner

      One rapper promoting violence doesnt explain the black community just like one rocker doesnt promote you all being blood sucking devil worshipers n next time bring an up to date rapper to prove your ingnorance jack ass

      • Catchance

        ONE rapper promoting violence? Good heavens, man…they nearly ALL promote violence/cop killing/degradation of women. The few who don’t are in the same minority as the rockers who promote devil worship.

        • fmahoney

          What the hell do you know about black rappers and their experience??? What do you know about the drugs that are pumped into black areas.

          More guns more guns more guns. Please keep your guns and buy more. You will simple kill yourselves and your drunk husband climbing into the window because he forgot his keys.

          Chris Kyle had guns and was an excellent sniper, did more guns help him??? Taking and mentally ill man to a gun range was a real good move. Like taking a gang rape victim to watch a gaming rape movie with a bunch of horny men.

          Stupid idiot

          Enjoy your guns

          • Catchance

            Wow. That has to be the most disjointed, garbled reply I’ve ever seen. My original response to you was that nearly ALL rappers celebrate violence and killing in their songs. Nearly. Every. One. I’m not the one talking about giving a mentally ill man a gun, whereas the rappers are specifically targeting black men, urging them to go kill a cop or beat up their ho’s. So why don’t you make your comparison “like making a mentally ill man listen to a rap song”?

          • fmahoney

            How and when do you become an authority on Black on Black violence??? The situation in the poor areas of america with drug related violence is another story all together. As ignorant, uneducated and stupid as these people you speak of are, when last did you hear about them going into a school or theater killing a bunch of kids? The DC sniper broke the mold and the reason they took so long finding him was because they were looking for a white man. Talk what you know, live and experience.

            I grew up in one of these neighborhoods and saw a lot of young men die over senseless violence. I watched elected official cut education, cut after school programs, etc etc. However, when it comes to putting these men in a federal prison they are willing to pay upwards of $60,000.00 a year. More then they are willing to pay a Doctor or Lawyer coming out of college.

            Not all cops are good by the way, some of them are worst then the criminals. Some of them make certain the drugs get distributed in the poor areas. War on drugs is and always will be a joke.

            Rappers express their reality in their world. You don’t belong to or understand that world. In 1986 when I graduated from HS and went off to college in FL Crack Cocaine had flooded NYC inner city.

            Degradation of women??? what excuse does the House republican and your right wing nuts have for treating women like second class citizens???

          • Catchance

            You’re right. I don’t have any experience in those areas, but that’s not what this whole thing is about, either. This started by my refutation of ktowner’s post that there’s only a few rappers that celebrate violence. If liberals wouldn’t celebrate abortion, wouldn’t celebrate violence in movies/videos/rap songs, would realize and teach that having a father who sticks around is more important than getting a welfare check, would allow moral principles to be expounded instead of throwing money at a situation, we would all be better off.

            Listen to yourself, excusing the violence in the rappers’ songs, because that’s the ‘reality’ of their world. Instead of saying, “that’s the way they are, they can’t change” why don’t you try to encourage them to change? To grow up? To improve themselves?

            WE’RE not the ones treating women like second class citizens. We’re not the ones telling women to go abort their babies (half of whom are girls) because the baby’s father doesn’t want to grow up and be a dad; we’re not the ones telling them to have sex with anyone they want, whenever they want, because there are no consequences… the government will pay for their birth control or abortions; we’re not the ones telling them to keep quiet because that’s the best they can expect.

            Examine your motives.

          • fmahoney

            How and when do you become an authority on Black on Black violence??? The situation in the poor areas of america with drug related violence is another story all together. As ignorant, uneducated and stupid as these people you speak of are, when last did you hear about them going into a school or theater killing a bunch of kids? The DC sniper broke the mold and the reason they took so long finding him was because they were looking for a white man. Talk what you know, live and experience.

            I grew up in one of these neighborhoods and saw a lot of young men die over senseless violence. I watched elected official cut education, cut after school programs, etc etc. However, when it comes to putting these men in a federal prison they are willing to pay upwards of $60,000.00 a year. More then they are willing to pay a Doctor or Lawyer coming out of college.

            Not all cops are good by the way, some of them are worst then the criminals. Some of them make certain the drugs get distributed in the poor areas. War on drugs is and always will be a joke.

            Rappers express their reality in their world. You don’t belong to or understand that world. In 1986 when I graduated from HS and went off to college in FL Crack Cocaine had flooded NYC inner city.

            Degradation of women??? what excuse does the House republican and your right wing nuts have for treating women like second class citizens???

        • fmahoney

          What the hell do you know about black rappers and their experience??? What do you know about the drugs that are pumped into black areas.

          More guns more guns more guns. Please keep your guns and buy more. You will simple kill yourselves and your drunk husband climbing into the window because he forgot his keys.

          Chris Kyle had guns and was an excellent sniper, did more guns help him??? Taking and mentally ill man to a gun range was a real good move. Like taking a gang rape victim to watch a gaming rape movie with a bunch of horny men.

          Stupid idiot

          Enjoy your guns

      • tredglx

        ONE? Try all of them, Joe Clueless…

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Harry Belafonte, you must be so proud.

    /Anybody remember Loius? The Mills Brothers? Cab Calloway? Heidi heidi heidi ho!

    • TheOriginalDonald

      poor min. Poor Mini. POOR MIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • nc

      Can you imagine how many “kids” – how young do they start listening to this filth you posted below? – are walking around every day with this blasting in their earbuds? And who is objecting to it? These “artists” make videos, win awards and are fabulously successful. No push back.

      Where does this fit into the gun control agenda’s discussion? I haven’t heard it.

      Thank you ICT, for posting the most disgusting thing I never wanted to read, but needed to.

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    he looks ready for the death panel.

  • ceemack

    So, black people are killing other black people with guns.

    I don’t suppose the problem could be with the black people who are actually doing the killing, could it? Nah…it’s those white people who won’t enact gun control that are to blame.

  • Guest

    IF Comrade Belafonte and his brothas ARE indeed the most hunted…
    then statistically, it is usually by other brothas.
    Besides, military grade ammunition is becoming scarce.

    • tredglx

      About a buck a round is the lowest price I’ve been able to find.

    • tredglx

      About a buck a round is the lowest price I’ve been able to find.

  • Steve_J

    To see the cause of the problem, Belafonte look to yourself.

  • HARP2

    May be if you went to the south side of Chicago and preached I would believe you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-L0NpaErkk

    • marvgoux1

      Belafraud wouldn’t dare step south of the Michigan Avenue bridge over the Chicago River.

  • Miss Lester

    Seems like most of the posts missed the point. The key was not who does the hunting. It doesn’t matter who dies the hunting if you are dead. People shoot people in proximity to them. He’s calling on his people to say something, anything. As a community of people, we should care about violence anywhere afflicted on any person, especially children.

    • http://twitter.com/lola_lotion Alicia Hake

      Monica, we’re not missing the point. If you’re really honest with yourself you have to admit that the perpetrators of black on black crime have illegal guns anyways… so why would they care about calling for more strict gun laws when they don’t follow the ones on the books now?

  • radjahshelduck

    I watched Steve Harvey’s opening monologue and during an audience shot I saw Mr. Belafonte sitting in the audience. I chuckled as I thought to myself that if he won anything, there would be a political acceptance speech. There was, but you know, I have no objection to what he said. Hell, he could have said that Republicans want to bring back segregation as several politicians have done.

    • tredglx

      Really? Which ones, and provide links to prove your assertation.

      • radjahshelduck

        Google “John Lewis Republicans Jim Crow” and “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Republicans Jim Crow.”

        • Frederick Weaver

          The irony is that it was the DEMOCRATS who supported Jim Crow.

        • Frederick Weaver

          The irony is that it was the DEMOCRATS who supported Jim Crow.

        • TelltheTruth

          this was in response to Debbie Wasserman Schultz: To put it mildly, she overstates, especially since it was the
          Democratic Party which established and ratified said laws in the first
          place, including but not limited to: Anti-mesegenation, segregation,
          poll taxes and “tests” for voting, ignoring the epidemic of lynching,
          etc. It’s the history of the South. By the time the Johnson
          Administration came on the scene, it would’ve been political suicide for
          the Democrats under LBJ to go against the tide of the Civil Rights
          Movement, hence the Voting Rights Act etc. I daresay I know
          African-American history alot better than a Wasserman-Shultz, who
          clearly uses the pulpit to play the race card for her re-election jihad.
          Posted By: Black Female Conservative Republican | June 06, 2011 at 03:22 PM

        • tredglx

          Not much on American history, are you? Dems started the Klan, embraced Jim Crow, segregation, and all sorts of other vehicles designed to trample the rights of blacks.
          Post intelligently in the future. It’ll keep you from proving yourself a complete fool.

    • tredglx

      Really? Which ones, and provide links to prove your assertation.

  • TocksNedlog

    Is it Harry’s point that black legal gun owners should be just as willing, if not more, to give up their guns?

  • $23629333

    When the African-American population has the same aversion to guns and gun violence that it now has for homosexuals and homosexuality, there will not be the problem with guns and gun violence that there now is in the urban centers.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    This guy is annoying. Isn’t this the same guy that said he adored Hugo Chavez? I don’t agree with any gun control in the black community. Go read your history numbnuts. Blacks have been denied their 2nd amendment rights for years by the racists of old. I approve of gun education and more gun training for law abiding gun owners. As cities get bigger, police get stretched. Why won’t these big government types admit this?

  • Maxx

    All I know is this. As a child growing up in rural New England, we had loaded shotguns and rifles in the home all the time. You could wake up in the morning, walk outside and see a black bear (as we frequently did). However, I didn’t turn to guns to solve my disputes for the same reason I didn’t whip out a butcher knife. We were taught the value of human life. We scraped with our fists, not our firearms. Today, too many kids run to the gun to solve their stupid turf wars. Gangs should be what scares parents…not some family in Montana, Alaska or Vermont with a Bushmaster.

  • Maxx

    All I know is this. As a child growing up in rural New England, we had loaded shotguns and rifles in the home all the time. You could wake up in the morning, walk outside and see a black bear (as we frequently did). However, I didn’t turn to guns to solve my disputes for the same reason I didn’t whip out a butcher knife. We were taught the value of human life. We scraped with our fists, not our firearms. Today, too many kids run to the gun to solve their stupid turf wars. Gangs should be what scares parents…not some family in Montana, Alaska or Vermont with a Bushmaster.

  • Frederick Weaver

    My question is where were the PRO-gun Black celebrities at the NAACP Image Awards. Guys like rapper Big Boi:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/07/21/OutKasts-Big-Boi-Reminds-Gun-Control-Was-Used-to-Oppress-Blacks

    Ice T:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GwIbyp4xBU

    Or Samuel L. Jackson:

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/18/samuel-l-jackson-on-newton-conn-massacre-i-dont-think-its-about-more-gun-control

    I forgot. The NAACP are now lapdogs for the Democrats. You don’t want guys like Ice T pointing out that the Second Amendment was intended as a defense against Big Government tyranny. Guests at the Image Awards might start THINKING for themselves.

  • Frederick Weaver

    My question is where were the PRO-gun Black celebrities at the NAACP Image Awards. Guys like rapper Big Boi:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/07/21/OutKasts-Big-Boi-Reminds-Gun-Control-Was-Used-to-Oppress-Blacks

    Ice T:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GwIbyp4xBU

    Or Samuel L. Jackson:

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/18/samuel-l-jackson-on-newton-conn-massacre-i-dont-think-its-about-more-gun-control

    I forgot. The NAACP are now lapdogs for the Democrats. You don’t want guys like Ice T pointing out that the Second Amendment was intended as a defense against Big Government tyranny. Guests at the Image Awards might start THINKING for themselves.

  • RightThinking1

    “Where are our legislators?”…!
    I have a question, where are the fathers of your children?

  • Neil Leininger

    Hey Harry, instead of speaking about gun violence, why don’t you wax poetic on the dearth of black men that are actual dads to their children?