Parents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex said they felt threatened when a man who was a member of an armed black militia told a tense board meeting he planned to have ‘over a thousand soldiers ready to go’ who were ‘locked and loaded.’

The incident took place during a board meeting held by the Fort Worth Independent School District on November 9. The meeting was devoted in part to the teaching of critical race theory, which was opposed by some of the parents.

During the meeting, a man identified as Malikk Austin got up and spoke for a minute, defending the teaching of CRT, according to Fox News.

School board meetings nationwide have become a flash point of controversy over the teaching of critical race theory, which critics say makes children feel guilty for being white.

Supporters of CRT claim that it is vital to 'center' the experiences of black people and other minorities in educational curricula which until now has been taught predominantly through the prism of white Americans. 

Austin, an African-American who was part of The Brotherhood Movement, a 'Second Amendment group,' said: ‘For those who got an issue with this critical race theory equity, this is something I fight for, for my children.’

A spokesperson told DailyMail.com that Brotherhood Movement is a group that believes in ‘education, black economics, community engagement, conflict resolution.’  

‘How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through, the lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow, and my kids are still being afflicted by this.’

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During a November 9 meeting of the Fort Worth Independent School District board, a man identified as Malikk Austin got up and spoke for a minute, defending the teaching of CRT
During a November 9 meeting of the Fort Worth Independent School District board, a man identified as Malikk Austin got up and spoke for a minute, defending the teaching of CRT

During a November 9 meeting of the Fort Worth Independent School District board, a man identified as Malikk Austin got up and spoke for a minute, defending the teaching of CRT

Austin, an African-American, said: ‘For those who got an issue with this critical race theory equity, this is something I fight for, for my children.’

Austin, an African-American, said: ‘For those who got an issue with this critical race theory equity, this is something I fight for, for my children.’

‘How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through, the lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow, and my kids are still being afflicted by this,' he said
‘How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through, the lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow, and my kids are still being afflicted by this,' he said

‘How dare you come out here and talk about the things that my daddy and my grandparents went through, the lynching, the oppression, Jim Crow, and my kids are still being afflicted by this,' he said

As he was escorted away, Austin said he had ‘over a thousand soldiers ready to go’ who were ‘locked and loaded’

As he was escorted away, Austin said he had ‘over a thousand soldiers ready to go’ who were ‘locked and loaded’

One parent in attendance, Hollie Plemmons, told Fox News that she offered to take Austin aside and have a one-on-one conversation with him. She said she felt threatened by his comments about 'having soldiers ready to go' and being 'locked and loaded'

One parent in attendance, Hollie Plemmons, told Fox News that she offered to take Austin aside and have a one-on-one conversation with him. She said she felt threatened by his comments about 'having soldiers ready to go' and being 'locked and loaded'

Austin added: ‘We are not our ancestors. I got over a thousand soldiers ready to go.’

Some of the parents in the audience urged Austin to address the school board members and not them, to which he reportedly replied: ‘My First Amendment rights!’


One parent in attendance, Hollie Plemmons, told Fox News that she offered to take Austin aside and have a one-on-one conversation with him.

Austin is then said to have replied: ‘But you’re not intelligent, you are not intelligent.’

His one minute time limit had expired, prompting officers to come and escort him out of the room.

According to records, Malikk Austin's legal name is Edgar Austin

According to records, Malikk Austin's legal name is Edgar Austin

Austin's Facebook page shows images of him wearing tactical gear and posing with other members of The Brotherhood Movement. A spokesperson for the group told DailyMail.com that it is a 'Second Amendment group' that promotes ‘education, black economics, community engagement, and conflict resolution’

Austin's Facebook page shows images of him wearing tactical gear and posing with other members of The Brotherhood Movement. A spokesperson for the group told DailyMail.com that it is a 'Second Amendment group' that promotes ‘education, black economics, community engagement, and conflict resolution’

Austin is seen in the above undated photo with other members of The Brotherhood Movement. A spokesperson for the group told DailyMail.com that he is no longer with the organization

Austin is seen in the above undated photo with other members of The Brotherhood Movement. A spokesperson for the group told DailyMail.com that he is no longer with the organization

As he left, Austin shouted: ‘I’ll bring my soldiers with me next time...locked and loaded.’

Plemmons then responded by asking: ‘Did you just threaten me?’

Austin is then heard repeating: ‘Locked and loaded.’

In an exchange with DailyMail.com, Austin said that parents who felt threatened were 'ignorant' and that he was simply exercising his First Amendment rights.

'These same parents have inflammatory things [to say] towards people of African descent.' 

When asked what exactly he meant by '1,000 soldiers ready to go' and 'locked and loaded,' Austin told DailyMail.com that what he meant to convey was the need to 'prepare' and 'be ready to challenge the opposition.'

He said that the intent behind the comments was to 'focus on the task to win the things that may harm you.' 

Austin said that he has not been contacted by law enforcement and that he doesn't anticipate being arrested.

'I've been to school board meetings for quite some time,' he told DailyMail.com.

'I didn't threaten nobody, sir. That's freedom of speech.' 

According to his Facebook page, Austin works as an installation technician at Centennial Moisture Control, a ‘full service waterproofing and restoration company’ based in Irving, Texas.

DailyMail.com has sought comment from Centennial Moisture Control.

His Facebook page also indicates that Austin is a member of The Brotherhood Movement, but a spokesperson for the group told DailyMail.com that he has ‘moved on’ from the organization. 

Austin also has a criminal record that includes a three-year stint in prison for a sex assault conviction

Austin also has a criminal record that includes a three-year stint in prison for a sex assault conviction

DailyMail.com has made repeated attempts to get comment from Austin

DailyMail.com has made repeated attempts to get comment from Austin

He denied that the group promotes or advocates for violence. He said that the group exercises its Second Amendment rights to bear arms.

Images from Austin's Facebook page shows him with several members of the Brotherhood Movement carrying what appear to be automatic weapons and rifles. 

Plemmons told Fox News that she was shaken by Austin’s comments, which she perceived as a threat.

‘Absolutely, it made me feel threatened,’ Plemmons, a stay-at-home mother of three, told Fox News.

‘I’m scared and I’m afraid he’s going to do something.’

She added: ‘I felt it was completely inappropriate that the board did not stop that.’

Plemmons said the board’s decision to allow Austin to keep talking about a ‘double standard’ because of the board’s support for CRT.

'Everyone there felt threatened,' Carol Guarneri, a grandmother of four in the Fort Worth ISD, told Fox News.

In August, Austin was seen attending another board meeting in 'tactical gear.'

'This gentleman was profoundly angry, he was not putting on a performance,' Guarneri said.

'When he made the statement that he had his thousand soldiers and they'd be back locked and loaded, it was very frightening to me.'

Austin was not arrested and local police said that no complaints were filed.

Records indicate that Austin’s legal name is Edgar Austin, 51.

Austin is seen above posing with a woman who is identified on Facebook as his fiancee, Sottana Shorts

Austin is seen above posing with a woman who is identified on Facebook as his fiancee, Sottana Shorts

Austin, a registered Democrat, has a criminal record. In 2004, he was convicted of public lewdness, a class A misdemeanor.

In 2009, he was sentenced to prison for assaulting a family member.

In 1993, Austin was sentenced to prison for sexual assault. He served three years behind bars.  

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