Sunday, June 21, 2015

Time to Stop Letting White Male Terrorists off the Hook

Even deep in Florida, people are getting it. When a white male, because he is a member of the group on top of our hierarchies, commits a mass murder, in the past we have pointed to his crime as an isolated incident, and he must be mentally ill. Couldn't be, of course, that people of his race and gender typically are those in white supremacist groups and the KKK, and those leading the NRA.

Now, even in Tampa, people are calling for the United States populace to stop using the excuse of mental illness, and instead look at the truth.

"Reporters and newscasters must ask the questions that get to the root of acts of racially motivated violence in America. Where did this man learn to hate black people? Was he influenced by right-wing media's endless portrayals of black Americans as lazy and violent?"

"Media coverage should not fall back on the typical narrative ascribed to white male shooters: a lone, disturbed or mentally ill young man failed by society. This is not an act of just "one hateful person." It is a manifestation of the racial hatred and white supremacy that continues to pervade our society. The authorities have found their suspect, and we should be calling him what he is: a terrorist."