Hello dear reader(s)!
Of course you have heard about the Charleston shooting last night. You have probably heard all sorts of narratives about the motives of the shooter, you have probably heard his past history, you have probably heard Fox News trying to frame the attacks as an attack on faith as opposed to race with absolutely all evidence pointing otherwise, including the opinion of law enforcement that they usually seem to hold so dear until it doesn’t serve their agenda. So what could I possibly have to say about this terrible act of racially motivated domestic terrorism?
Well, I got a couple of things. The first one, is that last night’s events have really shown me that some of the people I once knew are now people I no longer want to associate with in any way, shape, or form. I am going to be cutting down my “friends” list by a few people today because I realize that they are in no way the people I once knew when I could count them as friends. Those people usually weren’t the best of friends anyway. I got accused last night of race baiting and perpetuating racism by reading and speaking the truth about the attack, the history of the church, and the racist, terrorist piece of shit and his supporters. Race is a construct, but racism and violence are not. I could say that I don’t see race, I only see people, and that all sounds great, but that doesn’t mean that assholes shooting people in places all over this land do not see race.
Right now, people are trying to defend this person and say he never spouted racism. He just “had that kind of Southern pride”, “strong conservative beliefs”, and “made a lot of racist jokes”. Tell me again how making a lot of racist jokes isn’t spouting racism? I don’t care where you live in this country, if you are proud of your ancestors for fighting and losing a war to leave the Union over the cause of treating other people as property…that is fucking racist. That’s it. There is nothing else to that. That Confederate battle flag is not a symbol of people defending their homes, it is not a symbol of states standing up to a tyrannical federal government, it is a symbol of 1% of the Southern population who owned slaves, convincing the rest of the Southern population to go to war with their own country in order to CONTINUE TO TREAT PEOPLE LIKE PROPERTY. And to this day, that is how many black people in places all over the nation are being treated.
The other thing that concerns me is that in the coming days you will almost certainly hear the mainstream media rushing to say this terrorist, white supremacist, waste of skin was “Mentally Ill.” His lawyers will likely attempt to argue for compassion or possibly even acquittal due to “mental illness”. And for many people, it won’t be a hard sell. One would think that someone who could open fire on innocents must be mentally ill. Only that is not how it works.
There is no ICD code for racism. Do you know why? Because racism is an evil, not an illness. By arguing that every violent, sadistic, threat to national security is mentally ill only serves to increase the stigma around valid, genuine mental illnesses for which people are seeking treatment. If you have a mental illness, I urge you to try to tune out the media when they start to frame this persona as mentally ill. Continue with your treatment, and know that while you may have a rough time on occasion, you have never shot innocent people for being different. Mentally ill does not equal evil, and conversely, evil does not equal mentally ill.
To the good people of South Carolina, I ask you not to be scared. Not to let this domestic terrorist win. Get to the polls, vote out the assholes who prosper politically by pitting people against each other. Get rid of the assholes who are proud of a heritage they should not be proud of. Read about the Birmingham church bombing, and then try to learn the lessons of what happens when white supremacists are allowed to terrorize other races.
Finally, if you see your local wanna-be militia, your terrorist sleeper cells living among you; demand that your government and law enforcement treats them as they are. They aren’t militias to protect your freedom from tyranny. They are murdering thugs who train to terrorize and intimidate. Murdering terrorist groups that threaten the very government that allows them to parade around in their stupid camo gear with AR-15’s slung over their shoulders.
ISIS doesn’t have shit on a white racist with a handgun.