Racism is bad no matter who expresses it. It turns out we now know that the gunman that killed 9 people in Charleston, SC was apparently acting out his racism. For whatever reason, he wanted to start a race war, according to at least one source.
We will soon know more about this case than we ever wanted to know as it is the focus of national news media. But what is the motivation for making this story a national headline while others don’t appear in the news at all?
Here in GA, in the city of Roswell, there is a crime spree being perpetrated by a pair of men dressed all in black, covering everything but their eyes. These two break into a home, kidnap one member of the family while the other members of the family are held hostage, and the kidnapped member is forced to make a withdrawal from the local ATM machine. Click here to read the story from Roswell’s Patch.com website.
According to an interview from at least one of the kidnap victims, this pair made racial statements about how they “hate white people”, and made comments about recent news stories from Ferguson and Baltimore. Click here to view the report from 11-Alive News here in Atlanta.
These guys have attacked two homes in Roswell, and are possibly linked to three other attacks similar to this in Buckhead over the last few months. Where is Reverend Al Sharpton on this issue? Where is the commentary from President Obama or from Hillary Clinton? But I can’t exactly fault them… Where is the national headline describing the manhunt underway for these two criminals?
Okay… You have a point. I knew you would bring it up… No one has been killed in these home invasions… yet. There was a very similar story of a home invasion in Washington D.C. just last month where the family was killed. Do these guys need to escalate to murdering a family before the news picks up this story? At that point, isn’t it just a little too late?
Of course, at that point, just as in what happened in Washington D.C., I don’t expect the president to make a comment. He didn’t make a comment about the D.C. killings and the racial overtones of that crime. Hillary didn’t jump on the band-wagon with Al Sharpton, who was also absent. But the crime in D.C. was carried out by a black man on a white family… Where is the outcry over that racial attack? Why are there no cries for it to be declared a ‘hate crime’, as they are calling from the DoJ to press on the Charleston shooter?
Racism is bad no matter where it comes from, no matter who expresses it, and no matter what form it takes. But racism will never go away until everyone feels the need equally to suppress it and squash it from our society.
One last point… Contrary to popular belief, ours is not the only society that practices racism on a daily basis. I’ve traveled all over the world, and I can bear personal witness to racism in muslim countries, most European countries, and every Asian country I’ve been in… We do not have a monopoly on racism, no matter what Rev Al would like you to believe.
That being said, we obviously have a long way to go before racism is a dead issue in this country. We’ve come a long way since the racism of the early 20th century, but we still have a journey to reach a zero-tolerance society.