Because I was an 8-year-old boy, I was particularly fond of the monster truck and demolition rally shows. I loved all of the noise and excitement. I also didn't realize that all of the carbon monoxide filled fumes that were emitted by the trucks and cars in an enclosed space were giving me a headache and destroying my brain cells.
The mainstream corporate news media's coverage--with several exceptions see: Chris Hayes and Lawrence O'Donnell--of the Dylann Roof Charleston Massacre is a car wreck of unimaginable proportions. It is a mashup of the comedy UHF and Cronenberg's essential Videodrome.
Dylann Roof, a white racial terrorist who left a manifesto, photos of himself in white supremacist regalia and holding the Confederate flag, before killing 9 black people in a church in a state where said flag is still flown, is a lesson in the semi-permanence of white racism in the Age of Obama.
Dylann Roof is so perfect in his throwback racist Right-wing, white supremacist evil that he is a system shock. Intentionally or not, Roof further exposed the moral rot of today's Republican Party as they ran away from how he is their monster, and his rampage was racist and not "anti-Christian" as the GOP's propagandists originally suggested. Roof's murder spree has also, and again, demonstrated how the commercial mainstream corporate news media is incapable of having an adult, mature, and intelligent conversation about white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
In this spectacle and theater, loud, signifying nothing, and accomplishing very little, we have seen things I would not have imagined a week ago.
Cornel West went on CNN and went hard for the proverbial throat, when he suggested that Obama is "niggerized", and like so many blacks, afraid of white people. He also spoke truth to power: the Republicans are moral cowards who should not be praised for finally relenting that the Confederate flag is in fact the American Swastika. The host was flummoxed.
Don Lemon is a performance artist. He holds up a placard with the word "nigger" and asks "are you offended". He is also hosted a segment which explored if Barack Obama, the United States' first black president should apologize for America's slave regime and white supremacist past/present. Joe Madison looked like he was about to go "Dr. Death" David Schultz on Don Lemon and Timothy Egan.
I do wish that he was in the same studio and thus able to do so.
Politics is professional wrestling (again). Dylann Roof is Colonel DeBeers in the AWA.
[A bonus. A young and amazing Scott Hall versus Colonel DeBeers.]