America wouldn’t have a gun violence epidemic if it weren’t so easy for paranoid fanatics and those with violent tendencies to score as many guns and as much ammunition as they think they need for whatever purpose they think they need it for.
Add the racist rhetoric coming from the White House to the ease of acquiring a small-arms cache and all of a sudden we see people coming out of the woodwork to act on those fantasies and tendencies.
Racism is obvious because there’s no way to be subtle about it. People who aren’t racists don’t use language that sounds racist. It just doesn’t occur to them to use that kind of language; it’s not part of who they are.
Self-avowed racist David Duke understands that it’s racism. And Congressman John Lewis, who has been on the business end of racism, understands that it’s racism. If those two ends of the spectrum agree, how can anyone claim otherwise?
Yes, it is free speech. It’s also racist speech. It can be both. We need to get over our habit of sugar-coating racism to not offend the delicate sensibilities of racists, regardless of whether the president has called them to arms.
Mass gun slaughters have become part of Americans’ daily lives. Yet the people with the power and authority to do something appear oblivious to the roles that guns and racism play in our nation’s gun violence epidemic. Meanwhile, we wait patiently for the president of the United States to schedule a rally in southeast Wisconsin to scare up some more racist gun violence for his cause.