Friday, June 19, 2015

A Moment of Non-Silence

My heart is heavy tonight, as it has been since I heard the news about the shooting in South Carolina. Here we are again.  Talking.

There are a lot of writers who have already put things better than I could ever hope to do.  That this is not about mental illness; that making it so excuses--even condones--societal illness, and on the other hand, does damage to our approach to mental illness.  That it wasn't just a massacre, and that it isn't unspeakable or unthinkable; in fact, we need to speak, because without speaking these names, and this terrible crime, we have no hope of moving forward, and because someone did think long and hard about how that night would unfold.  That maybe it's time we turned the words "thug" and "terrorist" upside down, and used them where it applies.  That we might want to compare the way in which a white man who shot nine people is arrested with the way that a black man who was selling "loosies." (Then there was Jon Stewart, whose comments brought me to tears: "I am confident that by acknowledging it, by staring into that [abyss] and seeing it for what it is ... we STILL won't do jack shit.")

All of these are astute observations about deep and pervasive anti-Black sentiment in the U.S.

But nothing changes from one blog post to the next.

What if we knew that the suspect had been inspired by ISIS training to commit his terrorist act?  Why is that no different than someone who has been inspired by white supremacist movements, or even more subtle cues about white privilege and the value of black lives?

How many more people are going to have to die, just because they're black?

Why don't we wage war on the real terrorism in our own back (or front) yards?

What am I going to do about it now?
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  1. Thank you for that clip. Jon Stewart is such a valuable voice.

    My son's Kindergarten teacher put up a large poster on their classroom door that read "Black Lives Matter". While I was grateful for all the work that she did to teach them about race this year, especially relevant since the school is in a black neighborhood, I winced every time I saw that phrase. How is it possible that we have to voice something so obvious? But, yes, we do.

  2. Reading about this massacre made my heart hurt. Yet another young man filled with hate. Yet another family that claims they didn't know. It will take some time, but the truth will come out about his life and how his family failed him by not addressing this hate that brewed. How he was allowed to explore the darkness.

    We as a country need to recognize these individuals as terrorists. Because that is what they are. Every one of them commits these acts to terrorize our communities. And it's time we as society stop assuming these families have the ability to stop this and intervene. We can't afford not to as otherwise we allow the hate and darkness to exist.


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