Call It What It Is-Terrorism

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You’ve surely heard of the horrific events that unfolded on Wednesday at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. But let’s just get one thing clear: Dylann Storm Roof is a racist terrorist.

Not a mentally ill twenty one year old.

Why is it that every time a white male goes on a shooting spree they are almost instantaneously labeled with mental illness? This labeling only works to diminish clear, intrinsic motives. In the case of Roof, racism.

Roof’s blatant racism is so obvious it’s truly appalling Fox News is calling it an “Attack On Faith.”

A person whose Facebook profile picture is them fashioning a jacket with the Rhodesian flag emblazoned is clearly trying to tell you something. They hate black people. And they think blacks should be ruled by white people.

Blessing-Miles Tendi, a lecturer in African history and politics at Oxford, told the Huffington Post that “The Rhodesian flag is important in terms of symbolism, for Rhodesia subscribed to white supremacy. A minority, racist, colonial white settler state subjugated a majority black population in the then Rhodesia for approximately a century.”

Todd Blagett, a former white nationalist record label owner, told the Wall Street Journal that Rhodesian flags are often “sold at National Alliance, Aryan Nation, and Ku Klux Klan events.”

But this was an attack on faith right?

Just ask any of these Republican presidential candidates:

  • Rand Paul: “What kind of person goes into church and shoots nine people? There’s a sickness in our country, there’s something terribly wrong, but it isn’t going to be fixed by your government. It’s people straying away, it’s people not understanding where salvation comes from.” A racist terrorist does Paul. A lack of salvation in America did not cause this, a profound hatred of black people did.
  • Lindsay Graham: “I just think he was one of these whacked out kids. I don’t think it’s anything broader than that. It’s about a young man who is obviously twisted.” Honestly how did you become a senator? It’s truly terrifying people voted for you and you have such a warped view of reality. But yes, please run for president you seem like you’d be a great choice.
  • Rick Santorum: “You just can’t think that things like this can happen in America. It’s obviously a crime of hate. Again, we don’t know the rationale, but what other rationale could there be? … This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this time and we’re now seeing assaults on our religious liberty we’ve never seen before. It’s a time for deeper reflection beyond this horrible situation.” Do you live in America, Rick? Assault on religious liberty? Who wrote this up for you and how did you not fire them on the spot?

These statements, granted they were released before Roof admitted and disclosed his motives, are unimaginable. NOT the fact something like this could happen like Fox and CNN are saying. Every news station reported that moments before opening fire, he told the congregants he came to “shoot black people.” And these are the statements presidential candidates come out with.

What is their response now that he has admitted to this atrocity and stated he wanted to “start a civil war”?

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