One of America’s largest militias has been inactive since its leader’s arrest—and it’s not the Oath Keepers.
The group in question is the Not Fu*king Around Coalition (NFAC), an all-black militia that captured headlines during the protests in the summer of 2020. With untold hundreds of NFAC members showing up at events sporting military gear and rifles, the organization has claimed credit for pressuring the government for justice in cases such as the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
But following a September 2020 rally in Louisville, Kentucky, NFAC leader John F. Johnson was arrested for allegedly pointing his firearm at a group of FBI agents, Secret Service members, and Louisville Metro Police Department officers. The task force officers were on the roof of the Jefferson County Grand Jury Building, keeping watch on Jefferson Square Park, where armed protesters had gathered.
“A short time after initiating surveillance, [the officers] were blinded by a light, which they shortly thereafter determined was a flashlight mounted to the rifle aimed at them by Johnson,” the government’s complaint against Johnson said.
The NFAC has been largely silent since Johnson’s arrest—as noted in a New Black Nationalism article with no byline.
“Since [Johnson’s] arrest in West Chester, Ohio, on Dec. 3, 2020, on five federal and State of Kentucky charges, the NFAC has virtually disappeared,” the article said.
“Has the NFAC demobilized? Did [Johnson] confine them to barracks? Have they gone underground? Or, is the NFAC awaiting further instructions?”
While Johnson declined to comment because of his upcoming federal trial, an NFAC spokesperson provided the following statement to The Epoch Times: “We can clarify for you that the NFAC has been in a stand-down posture, as ordered by its Commander (Johnson) after he was arrested in 2020.
“As we are a law-abiding organization, we thought it the proper thing to do, pending the outcome of the legal proceedings,” spokeswoman Debbie James said. “We didn’t anticipate it would last for 14 months, but are looking forward to its conclusion in April.”
“There’s a reason you don’t see us: Because as far as we’re concerned, we’re still under attack,” Johnson said in the interview, which was published on Dec. 21, 2021.
Johnson also cited the events of Jan. 6, 2021, as a reason for his group’s silence. After the breach of the Capitol, the Biden administration has ramped up its war on domestic extremism, giving various government agencies enhanced resources to go after groups such as NFAC, he said.
“January 6 gave government everything it needed to go after low-hanging fruit, and we were not going to be low-hanging fruit,” he said.
By Ken Silva