Published at Bearings on June 24, 2015.
Will we really do nothing? Will we again ignore the fact that racism is embedded in our society? Will we claim that the shooter is a lone individual rather than a symptom of our white supremacist culture? Will we cluck our tongues in sympathy while ignoring the patterns of violence and death inflicted on black people by white people? Will we avoid the labels of terrorism and hate because we seek a story that will keep our own hands clean? Will white people, once again, ignore what this shooting tells us about whiteness, history, and our nation?