Whites still live in state of denial on race
GEORGE E. CURRY | 6/29/2015, 12:49 a.m.
(NNPA) – Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley is fond of saying, “Slavery was America’s original sin, and racism remains its unresolved dilemma.”
But the unwillingness to face up to the raw racism that led to the murder of nine African Americans attending Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, proves that the problem is more than just an unresolved dilemma. Judging by public opinion polls, most Whites live year-round in the 51st state, the state of denial.
First, let’s deal with the facts. Around 9 p.m. on June 17, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old avowed White supremacist, entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and murdered nine unarmed African Americans, ranging from 26 to 87 years old. Each victim was shot multiple times.
We have the murderer’s own words that his goal was to start a race war, according to law enforcement officials who took Roof into custody.
Rather than address obvious racism, our non-friends on Fox & Friends and other Fox News network programs attempted to make the massacre about religion, gun control and anything other than the actual culprit racism.
Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy referenced hostility toward Christians. That theme was echoed by Bishop E.W. Jackson when he noted that we don’t know why he went into a church, but he didn’t choose a bar or basketball court. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani also postulated that maybe he hates Christian churches.
But we aren’t talking about any Christian church. We are talking about a historic Black church that had been carefully targeted by the shooter.
Within minutes after his name was made public, Roof’s White supremacy views became widely known. A photo on his Facebook page showed him wearing patches with the flags of White minority-ruled South Africa during the apartheid era and Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Both flags are popular symbols associated with White supremacists in the U.S.
Another photo posted on Facebook by one of Roof’s friends showed him leaning against an automobile sporting the license plate Confederate States of America.
Several days after the rampage, Roof’s racist manifesto was discovered. In it, he said:
“Anyone who thinks that White and black people look as different as we do on the outside, but are somehow magically the same on the inside, is delusional. How could our faces, skin, hair, and body structure all be different, but our brains be exactly the same? This is the nonsense we are led to believe.
Negroes have lower Iqs, lower impulse control, and higher testosterone levels in generals. These three things alone are a recipe for violent behavior.”
Toward the end, he wrote:
“I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”