Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.
Reading this and similar threads makes it hard to disagree with this assessment:
" The tragedy in Charleston last week will no doubt lead to more discussion of several important and recurring issues in American culture—particularly racism and gun violence—but these dialogues are unlikely to bear much fruit until the nation undertakes a serious self-examination. Decrying racism and gun violence is fine, but for too long America’s social dysfunction has continued to intensify as the nation has ignored a key underlying pathology: anti-intellectualism.
America is killing itself through its embrace and exaltation of ignorance, and the evidence is all around us. Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter who used race as a basis for hate and mass murder, is just the latest horrific example. Many will correctly blame Roof's actions on America's culture of racism and gun violence, but it's time to realize that such phenomena are directly tied to the nation's culture of ignorance. ... "
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
Having served as president of two Washington-based national advocacy organizations, David Niose has been immersed in secular-progressive politics and the culture wars for over a decade. Niose joined the board of the American Humanist Association (AHA) in 2005, seeing secular-progressive activism as a means of combating the disastrous policies of the Bush-Cheney administration and its conservative allies.
The answer is plenty. If racism CAUSED this incident...then why don't we see more race related mass murders? Now do you think this kids racism was the biggest factor in what caused the shooting? Because that ignores that there are racists all over the place, and few engage in mass shootings.
Any guns? Guns being part of the problem? 3 things:
1) 0.02% of firearms owners commit murder.
2) Mass murder is even LESS common.
3) There are many racist people who own guns. They STILL don't commit mass murder.
So it isn't access to guns, it isn't gun ownership, and it isn't racism that caused this issue. So as far as "anti intellectualism goes" I agree...it is the people who are constantly focusing on the non issue. The issues that are politically expedient and great to talk about because they hurt your rival politicians and their lobby group. ESPECIALLY with an upcoming election cycle.
Why aren't we talking about the fact that relatively few people commit this kind of act? Why aren't we asking for a special behavioral analysis group to begin testing and evaluation of the mentally violent and unstable? How many times do people have to go on murdering with knives and guns and all this, until some scumbag politician finally decides that the interests of America might be better served in looking at the root cause of violence.
You want more gun control? That means more cops to enforce it? Last I checked the democrats were up in arms over police brutality? Who the hell is going to deal with more gun control? The incompetent ATF? Seriously. All of the stuff piling up and we STILL are not hearing calls for improved mental health care.
No. Let's continue on our self involved Facebook world and ignore the consequences of our increasingly cut off culture that isolates these lunatics even further from help.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
The question: "Why aren't we asking for a special behavioral analysis group to begin testing and evaluation of the mentally violent and unstable?" is at first glance a reasonable question but then one must ask how do we determine who is "mentally violent and unstable" before they commit an act of violence? Is every American to be subjected to a psychological evaluation?
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..." -- Oliver Hazard Perry
"I don't want a piece of you... I want the whole thing!" -- Bob Barker
For one...this asshole in SC can be evaluated. Any of them caught alive can. It can be court ordered. Additionally, any person who makes threats and is caught? Any computer records or diaries of the dead criminals as well. Not every American must Be studied. There are groups that can be isolated. We have already done this for some of the characteristics. Law enforcement profiled them a little. And most say the will commit the act, and most have a history of violence.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.