Three years ago, in 2017, the Not F*cking Around Coalition (NFAC) emerged out of the Southern United States–Texas, to be exact, and its purpose is basically to achieve black liberation and separatism.
John Jay Fitzgerald Johnson, a.k.a., Grand Master Jay, the founder and an independent candidate for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, says he established the group to prevent another Greensboro Massacre.
He wants African Americans to have the state of Texas, as it would be a step towards black separatism, according to Johnson.
“We are a Black militia,” he said. “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.”
If not the state, he urges the US to allow Black Americans to flee the country to another, which “would provide land upon which to form an independent nation.”
Described by news outlets as the “black militia,” the group is often mistaken for being affiliated with the Black Panther Party or Black Lives Matter.
“In one sense it (NFAC) echoes the Black Panthers,” Thomas Mockaitis, professor of history at DePaul University said. “But they are more heavily armed and more disciplined… So far, they’ve coordinated with police and avoided engaging with violence.”
However, the group has been linked to the New Black Panther Party and the Black Hebrew Israelites.
The group did not make any public appearances until May 2020. In Brunswick, Georgia, the group became relevant at a protest over the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The next month in Atlanta, the group allegedly provided armed security for Rayshard Brooks’s sister at a rally in downtown Atlanta. The group has also been very active at protests for Breonna Taylor.
NFAC members have also marched for the removal of certain Confederate statues.
On July 4th, in response to the KKK saying they were going to “start shooting black people at 8 o’clock PM on the Fourth of July, 2020,” Johnson and NFAC members marched and peacefully protested Stone Mountain in Atlanta.
“I want the heart of the Ku Klux Klan to hear me no matter where the fuck you are. I’m in your house. Where you at? You made a threat. We don’t threaten,” Johnson said at the protest.
The most recent appearance happened on Oct. 3 when over 400 members marched in downtown Lafayette, Lousiana in response to Clay Higgins, a US representative, threats against protestors.