I never cease to be amazed by the speed and the ability of the political Right to distort the truth.
attempt by the political Right to reconstruct the Charleston massacre
as an attack on Christianity defies belief. Yet it is something
that we cannot simply sit back and allow to play out. This is a
moment when we must connect the Charleston massacre with the lynchings
that are regularly taking place against people of color generally and
African Americans in particular. The Charleston massacre,
allegedly carried out by someone comfortable wearing the flags of
apartheid South Africa and white supremacist Rhodesia, is a
continuation in the line of assaults on Black America.
fact of the matter is that there is no basis to believe that this white
man walking into a Black church and murdering Black people had anything
to do with any antipathy to Christianity, It has to do with an
antipathy to Black people. It also has the markings of someone
who probably wished to ignite a race war.
political Right will do whatever it can to move the eyes of reasonable
people away from analyzing race. When African Americans,
Native Americans or Latinos are attacked by the police, the Right-wing
moves quickly to question the motives, not of the police but of the
victims. When acts of violence after acts of violence against
African Americans are held up for the entire world to see, the
political Right does its best to question each incident and try to
demonstrate how any ambiguity in one case should somehow compromise the
integrity of any suggestion of a demonstrable pattern.
fact that the Charleston massacre took place in a church should,
however, demonstrate one fact about religion. White supremacists
are not restrained or constrained by the fact that the targets of their
hatred may be people of faith. As far as the white supremacists
are concerned, those murdered in Charleston are not worshiping the same
Creator of All Things as are the white supremacists.
thing that can be done immediately is to contact right-wing media
outlets and politicians and convey, in no uncertain terms, that we do
not appreciate their commentary on the Charleston massacre.
The `analyses' offered by these right-wing pundits remind me of
something that my father used to say: "It is better to keep one's
mouth quiet and to be thought of as a fool than to open one's mouth and
prove it." Oh, how I wish that Fox News would appreciate that