SOUTH CAROLINA, OTHER STATES, DITCH CONFEDERATE FLAG

BUT NOT GUNS

Unquestionably Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina, is to be applauded for suggesting that it’s time her state stop flying the Confederate Flag on the grounds of the state Capitol in Columbia.  Virginia’s Governor McDonnell has proposed that confederate symbol sporting vanity license plates also be ditched and other states have proposed the same.  Now for all the Confederate-flag-and-gun-lovers out there, you will still be able to tote your guns concealed on your person and fly your Heritage of the South flags at home.  Not to worry.

In the wake of the deaths of nine African Americans in Charleston at the hands of Dylann Roof, we should all be pleased that some people are paying attention and in some quarters “Black Lives Do Matter.”  But I have yet to see any parallel movement on the issue of limiting guns across the country.  Yes, a couple of left-wing Congresspersons have meekly suggested that we need to institute mental health checks along with the purchase of guns, but I’m betting that even this modest proposal will result in absolutely nothing.   What this does is to place Dylann Roof firmly in the category of “not responsible by reason of insanity” since this seems to be the only acceptable motivation for his deadly act, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. 

To many people, I suspect, his motivation is totally irrelevant since he will undoubtedly be convicted of his crimes and could be put to death.  Thus, in the minds of those who aren’t interested in the root causes of his attempt to foment a race war, the Dylann Roof problem is solved.  It’s a convenient means of avoidance, of not examining how this twenty-one year old came to believe that it was his personal, patriotic duty to prevent African Americans from taking over the country and to stop Black men from raping White women.  The silence is deafening. 

On the other hand, Obama’s use of the word “nigger” on Marc Maron's podcast has sparked a firestorm of righteous indignation among certain quarters of the nation’s media.  Here’s some of the terms Fox News used on the Kelly File and on Fox and Friends to critique the President’s podcast remark:

            Lowered The Stature Of The Office Of The President

            Beneath The Dignity Of The Office

            Rapper In Chief

            Obama Dragged Into The Gutter-Speak of Rap Music

            Further Dividing the Country

            Continuing Class Warfare

            It’s Outrageous

This from the folks who have called the President a criminal and speculate that he is a secret Muslim.  We could expect no less. 

Here’s the context of the President’s remark: 


“And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don't overnight completely erase everything that happened two to 300 years prior.”

Yes, indeed, what an outrageous, Black-gutter-rapping-class-warfare-fomenting, statement. 




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