[Other point that folks have asked about, yes, I did in fact postpone the podcast from Thursday because of the horrible situation in Charleston. The show will run next week.]
I was also reminded, moments ago, of how politics in the United States is more akin to professional wrestling than anything else.
As the public discourse around the Charleston massacre continues to evolve you will see a shift from any type of analysis that highlights white supremacy and anti-black violence to one that is more "neutral" and "reasonable" where gun laws become the focus of the debate. White supremacy, aggrieved white masculinity, conservatism, and the United States' gun fetish cannot be discussed as separate phenomena. The corporate news media fails the American people when it fails to present a systems-level analysis of the relationship between white supremacy, white privilege, masculinity, race, guns, and violence.
In this time of tumult and trouble, where black and brown lives are vulnerable, under assault, not valued, and unprotected, individuals are placed in a crucible of truth, one that reveals their personal values, ethics, and morality. Times of trouble are more revealing of one's nature than are times of peace, prosperity, and ease of life.
In the aftermath of the white supremacist mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina, Republicans and the White Right are showing us who they are...again.
The Fox News Right-wing hate machine has offered up a bizarre and delusional narrative where the mass murder of black people by a white supremacist named Dylann Roof, as the latter shouted that black people are taking away the white man's country and raping his women, is somehow really an attack on Christians. White victimology and the white racial frame are able to transform what is an obvious attack based on race to one that is really an attack on aggrieved and suffering white Christians. White victimology is political and cognitive crack mixed with meth.
One can go mad trying to unpack the insanity.
(Why didn't Dylann Roof attack any of the white churches that were nearby and far closer to where he lived? the KKK was/is a Christian identity organization that killed black people, the vast majority of whom were Christians, white slavers raped, abused, murdered, tortured, and held as human property black people who were "Christians" too? Are these barbarisms now anti-Christian violence more so than white supremacist evil?)
Black Americans who are victims of murderous violence by the police, the State, and White Americans, are usually blamed for somehow causing their own deaths. This is the essence of white racial paranoiac thinking.
To point. Charles Cotton, a National Rifle Association's ammosexual gun fetishist, is now blaming the pastor of Emanuel AME Church for enabling the murder of his congregation:
For Charles Cotton, white people's guns trump black and brown people's right to life.
And of course, the leading Republican candidates for president in 2016 will not speak plainly and directly about the connection between white supremacy and the white supremacist mass murder rampage in Charleston. How could they? White supremacy and conservatism are the beast with two backs, publicly mating in the middle of the street for the entertainment of the Republican base, the whole lot of them on the verge of a healing paroxysm and a priapism of hate.
From where you sit, what have you surveyed about Charleston and the insanity of movement conservatism, the Republican Party, and the White Right in general?