The Media Is Catering To Republicans By Excusing The Racism Behind Charleston Church Shooting

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The media’s attempt to deny the discussion about hate being directed at black people jumped the shark today when a CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (who used to be co-anchor for ABC’s 20/20) tweeted that we can’t be sure the shooter and mass murderer is white. He could be in disguise.

This tweet begs the question and gives white people of a certain persuasion a lot of comfort:

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This tweet was issued at 9:44 AM and was quickly deleted. Mr. Cuomo didn’t respond to my question about why he deleted the tweet. However earlier he responded to another person that he took it down because it was a distraction.

Even though this was tweeted prior to the subject’s arrest, what makes it bizarre is the way he begged the question. I’m pretty sure the survivors who sat in a prayer meeting for an hour before being shot at by this racist hate terrorist got a look at him to see what color his skin was. But also. The suspect’s name is Dylann Roof and he has been in custody before. I’m pretty sure the police and the FBI know what his skin color is.

This is not to say that Chris Cuomo is a bad guy. (Please do not send him a bunch of angry tweets. That isn’t the point.) The point is how the media discusses crime, the leeway given to white criminals, and the way in which this language and appeasement stops us from being honest about the problem. Mr. Cuomo’s deleted tweet is simply but one example of the broader problem.

A large part of this problem is Fox News’ hold on the mainstream media, as we have seen the media gather protectively around Fox to defend it as a “news” organization, when it is clearly not one. This has consequences, and one of them is that Fox has managed to mainstream racism and bigotry and are currently working on mainstreaming acceptance for white Christian child molesters. No one seems to have had enough yet. The media is still protecting their own.

Another factor at play is the media club to which all mostly white men in the media subscribe. This is not a world of inclusion or dimensional experiences. It is only natural for those in power to recognize their own tribe and protect it.

It’s natural, but it’s not right. I really can’t explain what would prompt a journalist to suggest that the police might be misleading everyone about the race of the shooter (which they identified quickly after the news broke), except that the truth is so painful.

The media needs to stop trying to appease Republican/conservative frothing racism. This appeasement is what got the warning report about white right wing terrorism being on the rise buried. That would have been helpful for police around the country. Looking back on it now, it could have saved lives. Instead, the media chose to appease the loudest voices, the whining wail of the far right as they clung to their right to hate.

They have the right to hate, and we have the right to shun, name and shame.

We all need to say no more. We need to demand that the media stop giving a platform to racists (hello, Fox News) as if it is a legitimate point of view instead of a fringe hatred that should be named, shamed and shunned by society.

Now that the subject has been arrested, it is undeniable. His father bought him the gun for his 21st birthday. Did the father buy the gun after his son was in trouble with the law? That’s going to be a question he will have to answer to authorities.

Another young white male on a mass shooting rampage motivated by hatred. Or, as Republicans call them, “lone wolves” and “bad apples”.

Do you wonder why white men get excused for mass shootings but a lone black teenager carrying Skittles is accused of being a thug who deserved being shot and killed? See above. Language matters. The way the media talks about these issues matters.

Let’s call a spade a spade:

There is a white male violence problem in this country.

There is a gun problem in this country.

There is a mainstream media outlet deliberately stoking racial animus and a political party dedicated to the same (see Southern Strategy).

In order to address these inexcusable inequities, we must talk about them honestly. We must all stop appeasing the racist terrorists. To do fail to take a stand, to remain silent in the face of such horrific violence and loss, is to be complicit.

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26 Replies to “The Media Is Catering To Republicans By Excusing The Racism Behind Charleston Church Shooting”

  1. Could he be not white?

    Uh- no.

    He’s as white as Wonder Bread. As white as a Saltine. As white as library paste.

    And he’s a freaking racist murdering terrorist.

  2. The one you watch. To even ask that question shows how ignorant you are. Today is not the day for you people dumfukery

  3. Okay Chris, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….then it is what it is.

    Can’t even believe the stupidity for such a remark..that maybe he was disguised?

    No wonder I don’t watch television news anymore. Pathetic media.

  4. We all know the shooter was a Rothschild gray Merovingian lizard Illuminatus from outer space masquerading as a white boy just so Obummer could take our guns away and pave the way for the Rothschild gray Merovingian illuminati lizards from outer space to conquer us and take our guns away so Paul Atreides Muad’dib could make us convert to interplanetary Islam and raise sandworms.

  5. It’s like riots & how they describe them – Double Standard:

    Black – Their thugs, hooligans, criminals etc. Many more names than I can remember. Cops round up many & arrest.

    White – Boys will be boys. College & groups doing same thing – Smashing & burning cars etc. Chances of arrest – pretty much nil to none.

    I’ve made these refs on blogs today & have got a number of typical — Where’s proof? I’m one that’s fed up & tired of their act like they’ve never seen/heard it — just look at pretty much any sports championship. Also fed up & tired of lazy snots — hold on that would be better described as Baggers, Rethugs, etc that expect you to dig & provide. That to me sounds like what they accuse socialists of — wanting it given or done for them!! Hypocrites!!

    Typical — Baggers, Rethugs are the worst when you look at all the Red States. For the Dems to be habitually accused of being takers & socialists – They need a Mirror check!!

  6. MSM are trolls. Do not feed the trolls.

    TV, radio and newsprint are all one-way dictation of a point of view. Like the Koran and Bible and Torah. —->
    Social media is two-way. You get called out for what you say. Or ignored.

    We need to break our 20 year habit of looking at a TV while receiving news and of giving what they post more weight than any random poster, because of the platform.

    If you ignore them, they dry up like cow pats. Just like trolls.

  7. Ok, I am going to profile here now: Looking at his pictures I conclude that: He is White, from the South, loves guns, is a card carrying member of the White Supremist, is a Blacks hating young angry man, got schooled on racism by his parents. He looks the part. Poster boy for types you must watch closely.
    So here we go….As Chris Rock says: He ain’t afraid of no ISIS or Al-Quaeda. He IS afraid of the Home grown terrorist of this ilk.

  8. Meanwhile on FOX & Friends, the hosts are desperately running with the narrative that the attack was due to the shooter’s hatred of Christianity and had nothing to do with race.

    Once again, the hired hacks at FOX News refuse to let the evidence undermine their propaganda peddling.

  9. Yes, because he totally told those poor parishioners that he had to, the “Christians” were raping their women. What a bunch of disgusting aholes. I’m so fricking angry I could spit nails!

  10. And who in the hell looked at Children of the Corn up there and thought “Gee, he needs a gun.” ?!?!? Great parenting skills there, jagoff.

  11. Dylann Storm Roof, the suspect in the church shooting, was given a .45-caliber pistol by his father as a 21st birthday present in April, his uncle told Reuters. a .45-caliber pistol.

    April – It’s only June — 2 months.

    Feb — Court records reveal that a February drug charge cited Roof’s possession of methamphetamine, cocaine and LSD. (Charges pending).

    What every father should give a pill popping, meth, cocaine, LSD user — a freaking gun.

    This is when I’d love to be able to write & pass laws as I’d have the father up on charges too. F%*#%@& Moron.

    I find these days I’m posting links to more UK or CDN sites/publications. They appear to dig up and write more facts and/or truth and have more cred than the lame US media who do more speculating andBS.

  12. What every father should give a pill popping, meth, cocaine, LSD user — a freaking gun.

    Methinks a “Duggar Defense” is forthcoming from the perpetrator’s father…

  13. Certainly a different take on the capture of this misfit compared to the black males of late who were UNARMED and killed by the police.

    The police found him, but didn’t shoot first, and ask questions later. He was taken into custody “without incident.”

    White privilege.

  14. I believe it was reported that the murderer Roof said “we want to take our country back”….rallying cry of the republicans since President Obama was elected.

  15. Using the phrase, “Let’s call a spade a spade” in an article about racism might not be the best move. It is an old phrase that has nothing to do with the subject, but it has been adopted by many racists to mean “That’s what you can expect from a Black.”

  16. ‘A law enforcement official says witnesses told authorities the gunman stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.”‘

  17. Here I was starting to like Cuomo for some of his interviews with asswipes like Cliven Bundy, he was the one that got Cliven to open up about ” let me tell you one thing about the negro”. I am hoping that tweet was because CNN has jumped the gun so many times and he was just being careful, or did he have some type of Rachel Dolezal meme going?

  18. it may not be the point, but anyone who jumps to that conclusion is a bad guy or is lost and needs some direction!

  19. Any person that sees this as anything but a hate crime is an idiot period.

    How many more innocent Americans need to be murdered in cold blood by a mad gunmen before America wakes up to the obvious problem?

    The excuses we always hear from the pro gun lobby are wearing thin.

  20. Chris Cuomo is an egotistical spoiled rotten man who came from New York “royalty.” I never watch him and now won’t even consider it. I still cannot figure out what prompted that kind of thinking–it’s rather weird. Didn’t he believe the survivors; did he think they were too black to recognize a person who was in their church for an hour as a white male. What an insult to their credibility.

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