I am tired of being a part of a divided country. I am tired of being a country where we cannot even agree on simplistic terms because of beliefs and past perceived sleights. I am tired of fighting about things over and over, but I will be damned if I allow my country to go back to the age where different races and the different sexes are treated differently under the law because of hatred, fear, and prejudice.
The definition of the word Terrorism according to Merriam-Webster:
The use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal
Well, according to the definition, Dyllan Roof fits it. He killed 9 African-Americans in a church. And he allowed one person to live, allegedly so she could tell everybody what he did: killing black people because of their skin color. So we have a violent act. It was intended to frighten black people with the threat of more violence. And what was the political goal? To have the political powers segregate the races again. That is the textbook definition of terrorism.
Why didn’t most in the GOP think that it could be a terrorist act right away? Could it be because that the person was White and Christian? That is the way that I see it. Even when the facts came out of Roof’s past and the things that he believed in and the possible Manifesto that he left, those GOP partisans looked for other things, like a mental breakdown, or possible trauma for him.
One problem that America has to deal with is what to do with the Confederate Battle Flag. The war that the symbol was last used for its intended purpose was 150 years ago. That is 4 or 5 generations ago. It is way past time to let it rest in peace. The flag isn’t a piece of your heritage; it is the middle finger towards the United States of America. If the Black Panther Battle Flag is racist, you might want to think about the Confederate Battle Flag in the same vein.
You also have groups like the Council of Concerned Conservatives stating that they are not racist, but the facts that Dyllan Roof used from their research is very essential because black people are inherently more violent towards whites than the other way around. Read that last sentence again to figure out what is wrong with that sentiment. In America, it should not matter what color your skin is, an assault is an assault. All that you are doing with the comparing of White vs. Black in crime stats is trying to segregate and using misapplied data to back up that thought. What is against the law should be against the law no matter if you are Black or White. And we know that it isn’t a fact of life right now in America. For those Constitutionalists out there, that should make you shiver with fear. What laws can be followed if we cannot even follow the specific rules set out by our Constitution?
In conclusion, this situation will continue to take place many times in the future. Like the President said in a recent podcast,:
"Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public," Obama said in an interview for the podcast "WTF with Marc Maron."
The Confederate Battle Flag is coming down in South Carolina, but it will still be a symbol of hatred towards Black people. We cannot erase the hatred and bigotry that has been passed down for the past 4 or 5 generations within our lifetime. We will not be able to eliminate these hate groups until the people that support them either die, are eliminated from supporting them, or discover the problems that they are causing. I just hope that my child and his children will see the fruits of the struggle that we are having right now regarding race and racism. Because if they don't I fear that this country will be no longer. And Dammit, too many people gave their lives to keep this country the best that the world has ever seen to allow racist Neanderthals to destroy it.