With nine innocent and by all accounts decent, honorable, law-abiding South Carolina citizens murdered but not even yet buried, University of Pennsylvania professor, Anthea Butler, writing for the Washington Post has jumped on the “white privilege” band wagon because the murderer hasn’t been called a “terrorist.”
“…listen to major media outlets and you won’t hear the word “terrorism” used in coverage of Tuesday’s shooting. You won’t hear the white male shooter, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, described as “a possible terrorist.” And if coverage of recent shootings by white suspects is any indication, he never will be. Instead, the go-to explanation for his actions will be mental illness. He will be humanized and called sick, a victim of mistreatment or inadequate mental health resources. Activist Deray McKesson noted this morning that, while discussing Roof’s motivations, an MSNBC anchor said “we don’t know his mental condition.” That is the power of whiteness in America.”
Ok, Ms. Anthea Butler, I will call him a terrorist, a thug, a murderer, a killer, an insane and most likely racist henchman. Of course I know his mental condition. Every one in America (except a talking head at MSNBC) knows the killer’s mental condition. I guess what bothers me is that I don’t hear you complaining about the anti-Christian bias of the liberal press. I didn’t hear you speak out when President Obama, speaking about residents of a small Pennsylvania town said, “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.
We didn’t hear from you when the press was trying to portray George Zimmerman as a “white” man even though he is Hispanic. You can’t be for or against something just whenever it’s convenient to your political narrative — that’s pretty much what some quasi news organizations do –they put their political agenda ahead of truth in reporting. It has nothing to do with the “power of whiteness.”
Despite what you wrote, the shooter was a lone, disturbed, mentally ill, terrorist shooter. His actions do represent the racist American culture-of the early nineteen hundreds. They do not represent the feelings or actions of today’s America.
“I hope the media coverage won’t fall back on the typical narrative ascribed to white male shooters: a lone, disturbed or mentally ill young man failed by society. This is not an act of just “one hateful person.” It is a manifestation of the racial hatred and white supremacy that continues to pervade our society, 50 years after the Birmingham church bombing galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.”
Since you brought up the Birmingham bombing, lets not forget that it was William Baxley, a white man, who within one week of being sworn in as Attorney General in Alabama, reopened the decades-old closed case of the church bombing. THAT was using the power of whiteness right? When that case came to trial former white police officers, the suspects own white niece, and some white people on the jury found that terrorist Chambliss guilty.
I imagine the same is in store for the terrorist who killed nine of America’s and God’s best children.
[Note: this article was written by Ashley Edwardson]