Topic 9 Killed in the Shooting of Historically Black AME Church
20 Jun 2015 20:58
I read the following on twitter from someone whose handle is @writeli. I don't claim to be the lone voice for the Black community, but I believe it sums up everything perfectly:
"The terrorist #CharlestonShooting is a master class in systemic US racism for those willing to open their eyes & hearts to learn. Shall we?
1. Young white male raised in South Carolina, confederate state poster child with the flag still high even when the US flag is at half mast.
2. He regularly uses racist language and jokes, studies historical racist apartheid regimes, talks of violence against Blacks. No one blinks.
3. His father buys him a gun for his 21st birthday - a rite of passage for white men, not seen as a sign of violence, but of freedom.
4. This racist white male gun owner talks to his roommate about not just desire, but his PLANS, to start a race war. Roommate isn't alarmed.
5. Racist gun-toting white male goes to historic Black church with professed intent of murdering Black people. Is welcomed with open arms.
6. Racist white terrorist sits in prayer with his soon to be victims, Black men, women and children FOR AN HOUR before opening fire on them.
Let's summarize what we have so far: White male raised in racist state becomes racist, is armed by his father, murders innocent worshippers. Ok. Let's look at the aftermath of that. How do we as a country respond to that? How do our official bodies respond? How do we discuss it?:
1. Virtual media silence until social media pushes it. Mass murder occurs and no major outlet feels the need to do a breaking report.
2. When the media finally covers it, they say shooting, not murder. Suspect is described by hair and eyes, not race. The victims not at all.
3. Killer is immediately humanized. Is mental health at play? He's neither terrorist not thug. Friends are interviewed. Narrative is built.
4. Fox declares it an attack on Christians. They also talk about how one must be aware of their surroundings. Blaming the Black victims.
5. Thanks to a now heralded white Christian woman, killer is brought in, alive, tenderly handled and protected, though armed and dangerous.
6. Killer's case is assigned to a judge who calls for help for his family, a judge who presides under the confederate flag, uses the n word.
7. White people across social media jump to discussions of gun control, or how killer doesn't represent them, or worse to ABSOLUTE SILENCE.
White terrorist kills 9 in Black church, is taken in peacefully, assigned to sympathetic judge & everyday white people distance themselves. That is the system at work. White atrocities against Black bodies treated as isolated and benign by a sympathetic system. That's America. This is not about that killer in isolation, but all of them, and all of you who stay willfully blind at best and actively racist at worse. A system is a series of connected parts that make a whole. Racism is a system. It's not some lone shooter. It's all the pieces that made him. You may not be the racist judge in this system, but you're a part. Your silence is a massive, integral part of systemic racism against POC. Every time a cop kills a black person and you stand silently because it's too hard to discuss, you're doing your job in the system. Congrats. Every time you "just ignore" your racist uncle because he's old and racism "will just die away with his kind," you are doing your part. Every time you feel the need to assert your personal innocent humanity in the face of racist acts instead of condemning them? Yep, did it! Global white supremacy, the US racist system within it, relies on EVERY white person to hold up their part by refusing to feel the weight. But you stand on our backs, no matter how liberal you are, no matter how many friends of color you have. We can't avoid the weight and pain. If you want to help, do this. Step out of yourselves. Step out of the system. Say something. Do something. It's YOUR system. Own and end it. "
The above, especially the bit in bold, is the bottom line.
We're constantly told to come up with solutions and work in conjunction with others to educate ourselves and whatever else to make ourselves blend in and be more palpable to, I'll say it, White people. Our mannerisms, the way we walk, talk, dress, everything. If we can just find our place in society and blend in, we'll all be accepted and happy and race won't exist because we'll all be a part of the human race.
As stated in the quote above, this is a country built on the basis of White Supremacy. It's ingrained in EVERYTHING. Laws. Jobs. Schooling (have you EVER read an honest history book in primary school? Glossed over, watered down bullshit, and White people are the heroes. Every time). The judicial system.
I hate when people say it gets better with time. How long ago did slavery end? We've come a long way, but do we have to wait another few centuries before we're truly seen as equals? Will that be enough time? Was 150 years not enough? Still more time? How patient do we have to be?
Tragedy/terrorism strikes, and 48 hours later we're asked to heal and forgive and see the murderer's family as victims...without giving much time to acknowledging the actual victims as victims.
If it were you, how much time do you think you'd need?
Not only that, we're told we're all responsible and that we all have to do our part. What more is required? What else is there for us to do?
Well written and you are so right in what you have said word for word. This is not just a issue for people in North America but for all of us on this little rock. Each landmass on this planet has it's own racial, ethnic or other forms of intolerance brought about through generations of greed and bigotry.
In Aus a few years back when the High Court of Australia historic ( Mabo Decision ), namely overturning the legal doctrine of terra nullius - which is a term applied to the attitude of the British towards land ownership on the continent of Australia the Australian media went beserk. There was suggestions that people would be forcibly removed from their homes aboriginals would close down businesses, farmers would be fiorced off their land and we would run out of food.
Guess what the sun came up the next day and that was back in 1992. It took then a few good brave people to make a stand and it will again in this case. Question who are they going to be.