Fourth Generation Warfare

‘If You Attack Us, We Will Kill You’: The Not Fucking Around Coalition Wants to Protect Black Americans

By Tess Owen, VICE

Hip-hop DJ Grand Master Jay says the day after white supremacists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, was the day he gave up on America.

The violence that left one protester dead and dozens injured was painful, but somehow even more distressing was President Donald Trump’s response. Given the opportunity to condemn the brazen display of white supremacy, Trump instead demurred and infamously blamed “both sides.”

“This was it. We had to get serious,” Grand Master Jay, born John Fitzgerald Johnson, told VICE News. “No more talking. No more speculating. No more ‘What ifs.’ That was when I knew race relations had gotten to a point. What were we doing here? Things are just getting worse.”

So Johnson, who rose to fame in the early hip-hop scene of the 1970s as a rapper, producer, and DJ, started to think about a new type of community defense, one where Black people were armed and could rely on themselves to protect each other from police and racists. Those thoughts materialized into the Not Fucking Around Coalition (NFAC), a paramilitary group of at least a few thousand armed Black members who describe themselves as “America’s Black militia.” Johnson started building NFAC in 2017, but the group made its public debut this year.

“If you attack us, we will kill you,” Johnson said. He’s said that publicly on several occasions—and tells NFAC members the same.

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