It is time to stop pretending that we are the United States of America. It is time we stop deluding ourselves that we are United in anything. After the events of Wednesday in South Carolina, it has never been more clear to me that we will never, ever get past a certain point, never stop the “us against them” rhetoric, that the rationale behind this was somehow not political, that, once again, it’s too soon to talk about race, guns, religion.
It is time to stop thinking that anything will get resolved. Ever. It is time that we understand that. Because nothing ever gets “resolved.” Nothing. This 21-year-old who went into a church, sat quietly for an hour and then slaughtered nine people, wanted to start a race war.
Somewhere, in Corcoran State Prison in California, prisoner number B33920, smiles.
That this atrocity happened in a black church, a historic church that has survived for nearly 200 years in a state which still hoists the Confederate flag on its state capital in Columbia. South Carolina was the first state to leave the Union following the election of Lincoln and the last to be re-admitted in 1876, in a compromise that gave the Presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes in exchange for Union (Northern) troops to leave the south.
Nothing will ever be resolved because that’s the way it happens in this country. We never get around to resolving the important things, like race, poverty and injustice. Why? Because every time we try, someone pulls out a gun and starts shooting. On Thursday, I wrote ” They keep yapping on the TV about how “they don’t know what motivated (him).” Bullshit. They know exactly what motivated him. He even said to the woman he let survive, “There’s too many of you. You’re taking over this country. You’re raping our women. This has to stop.” That he cited the Trayvon Martin murder as “justification” for this is just outlandish.
What this person did was premeditated and planned. Granted, he might be as delusional as prisoner B33920, but he went in there with intent and carried it out. He did it because there are cowards in this country who react in horror and the next moment try and explain away the motivation behind it. A “lone wolf,” “a deranged fan,” “drifter,” “disheveled loner,” a “radical hippie.” This person is none, none of those.
This was not an “accident” as Rick Perry asserted yesterday. Then what was it, Governor? A spokesman says he “misspoke.” Of course he did. Just like Joni Ernst said last year. The chorus at False News is already saying it’s too soon to talk about this. But we have to, we need to in order to move the needle.
But we won’t. Because we don’t know how to talk to each other. And we don’t have the time. I have to pay my bills, plan a trip, take my kid to practice, the list of excuses masquerading as reasons are as long as my arm. We don’t make the time.
Please don’t tell me this has nothing to do with the guy in the White House, because it does. To deny it is to deny reality.
It is too bad that George Carlin isn’t around to speak the truth. Or Robin Williams or Richard Pryor. First of all George would be having so much fun right now, as would Richard. Carlin predicted this before he died.
The unraveling continues, unabated. And yes, we can trace this back to History’s Yard Waste. Old tanned, rested and ready. Nixon and his “Southern Strategy.” Maybe even Goldwater. Funny thing, though, both of those would never be nominated in today’s GOP.
A huge first step would be taking down the flag of sedition and treason. The south says this isn’t about slavery, but, if you read the various secession declarations, those state’s who made up the Confederacy (and their ancestors) are liars, plain and simple.
Here is a sample. From Alabama: “And as it is the desire and purpose of the people of Alabama to meet the slaveholding States of the South, who may approve such purpose, in order to frame a provisional as well as a permanent Government upon the principles of the Constitution of the United States.”
The original sin of this nation continues. This was well-thought-out, well planned. There isn’t anything post-racial about America. As Pryor once asked “How long will this bullshit go on?”
Forty years later, the better question might be “When will this bullshit stop?”
Oh, prisoner B33920’s name? Charlie Manson.