It is not inexplicable. Look up that word. It does not define what it happening.
This was recently posted about Republican leaders who can’t tell us the truth about racism in America. It is a mystery. It is inexplicable. It is unfathomable.
But it is completely explicable. It is completely understandable. You just have to be a white American to not understand it, and you have to not want to understand it, because–and you know this–there is no penalty for refusing to see and to understand.
We are unable as white people to confront our own racism. We cannot handle the idea that a body of people like us but merely differently colored is consistently treated as “other” and excluded from so much of the benefits of American society and participation in American life.
Yes, there is a 400 year history of this treatment by white Americans. Yes, the Constitution and founding of this nation made them unbreakable slaves. Yes, a long war was fought with the conclusion that these second-class residents could become citizens. Yes, one hundred years later (one hundred!) laws were passed to enforce the right to be citizens. Yes, we have a black president.
But racism still paralyzes us. We still cannot handle the presence of black Americans in white society. We can’t call what happened in Charleston “white racist terrorism” because we are afraid to talk about what happened with the facts of what actually happened.
Politicians like Bush and Haley and Huckabee and Paul and the rest are shameful cowards that they cannot tell the truth to white people.
A white man took his gun into a church with black worshippers to kill them because his teachings and his culture and his world view and his American birthright told him that black Americans were going to “take” America away from him, and the only solution was to kill them — these nine black Americans gathered simply to worship Christ.
Not because they were Christians – there were a dozen other white churches within blocks. Because they were simply black, and American, and in the way.
When we stay silent, when we turn our heads, when we pretend that because *we* are nice that we have no responsibility—we are participating, because we are not speaking up.
We simply must demand that our leaders lead us, tell us the truth, make hard choices, act like leaders.
Or we must have different leaders.
Those nine people who were shot by a white Christian American male are the witness.
Say their names. Say their deaths. Say their worth.