I am having a hard time figuring out what to say regarding the murders in Charleston. While I am leery of hate crime laws, this fits the definition perfectly.
How many times have I said that white racism is the least of the problems facing American blacks? How many times have I complained about the trivial charge of racism leveled at whites and police?
Now comes this horrific incident, and we all have to pause and think hard about the racial situation today in America.
I still think that this one killer is part of a lunatic fringe that does not represent white society. I have said before that white racists are powerless to keep black people down. Fifty years ago, they could, but not now.
But they can kill black people, as proved in Charleston.
I am encouraged by the reaction of the police who responded and within a day had their man in custody. Contrast that with say, the murder of Medgar Evers in the 1960s. It took decades to achieve justice in that case.
I am encouraged also by how the white and black communities in Charleston have come together much as Jasper, Texas came together after the killing of James Byrd. Justice was quickly brought to Byrd's killers. Jesse Jackson was told that his services were not needed. Hopefully, the folks in Charleston will send the same message to Jackson and Al Sharpton when they come trapsing down to Charleston. Sharpton has no grounds for his "No justice-no peace" nonsense in this case.
I am not so encouraged by the comments of South Carolina politician J. Todd Rutherford, who lashed out at Fox News with the blood libel that the killer took his inspiration from Fox. Who at Fox News has ever verbally given thought to anyone about "blacks raping white women"? Nobody. Rutherford's comments are irresponsible and reprehensible.
I honestly don't know how to conclude this piece. For the individual American, all we can do is to resolve to be nice to each other. It will be much harder for whomever is the next president. That person will have make bringing the people together a top priority. The current president, for all the high expectations and hopes, has failed in that regard.