At 7:47 AM this morning, while the rest of us were getting out of bed, heating breakfast and catching up on the day’s events, Salon contributor Chauncey Devega was busy penning a column in which he asserted that all white people must answer for shooter Dylann Roof’s horrific actions in Charleston, South Carolina.
“In the aftermath of recurring mass shooting events, and right-wing domestic terrorism, it is essential that [white Americans] start to practice such acts of introspection in the interest of the Common Good,” Chauncey wrote.
When he spoke of “such acts of introspection,” he meant asking questions like the following:
- “What is radicalizing white men to commit such acts of domestic terrorism and mass shootings? Are Fox News and the right-wing media encouraging violence?”
- “Is something wrong with the white family? Why are their sons and men so violent?”
- “What should law enforcement and white politicians do about white crime?”
- “Is the Charleston mass shooting just one more sign that America needs sensible and reasonable gun control policies?”
- “Where are the white fathers in the white home?”
- “When will white leadership step up and stop white right-wing domestic terrorism?”
- “Is White American culture pathological? Why is White America so violent?”
- “Are there appropriate role models for white men and boys? Could better role models and mentoring help to prevent white men and boys from committing mass shootings and being seduced by right-wing domestic terrorism?”
Devega essentially tried to politicize what occurred in Charleston by surreptitiously acting as if Roof’s actions represent a trend equivalent to black criminality and radical Islamic terrorism.
What Roof did was horrific and should have affected the hearts and minds of every single American. With that said, his actions do not represent a trend. How often does a psychotic white man commit a racially motivated mass murder?
My point is this — is it really fair to make an equivalency between this man’s hideous actions and black criminality & radical Islamic terrorism?
I really don’t have an answer to this question, so I’m asking you. Is it fair? What do you think?