But, fuck it.
Let’s talk about Charleston.
Let’s talk about how, at least in my media market, nobody broke in with coverage for what seemed like FOREVER.
Let’s talk about how gross the reluctance to call this “terrorism” is.
Let’s talk about how damaging it is to have black voices snuffed out because “we don’t have the facts” and “we might never know the motives”.
We KNOW the motives. The shooter left someone alive for the specific purpose of telling everyone what a racist monster he is.
We apparently should be talking about mental health. (Which, yes. But then all perpetrators of this type of crime should be given the same treatment, not just the white ones.)
We apparently shouldn’t be talking about guns! Never the guns. It’s not the fault of the guns! Long live the god damn guns.
You know what?
We should be talking about the fact that maybe sometimes criminals (even white ones!) are just fucking evil, and there should be no sob story on the planet to mitigate that fact.
We should be coming down hard on the Don Lemons and Joe Scarboroughs (and honestly, cable news as a whole) of the world who are falling all over themselves to make excuses and caveats and performing some pretty impressive mental gymnastics in order to not call this what it was: hatred.
We should be talking about how this “was not an unthinkable act“. About how this keeps happening and will continue to happen until we talk about it, frankly and honestly, and until people actually listen to the group being victimized by this disgusting status quo.
In a CHURCH.
I’m refusing to engage with people who are quick to call the Michael Browns and Trayvon Martins “thugs” but who want to tell me that Dylann Roof somehow, somehow, must have lost his way and taken the wrong path. And I refuse to entertain any argument presented about how the Confederate flag has meaning for people of the South outside of being a symbol of slavery and oppression, and therefore, now is not the time to talk about removing it from FREAKING GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. Nope.
It’s exhausting. I’ve said this before, “I’m tired“.
Jon Stewart’s monologue last night was great, yes. But, you know what? Minority voices have been saying the same things FOREVER. Forever. Stewart is not going to be around forever to drop truth bombs on people who are allergic to believing that we have a huge race problem in America.
What else is it going to take?
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