White Supremacist Terrorism in Charleston. UPDATED. UPDATE #2, #3, #4, #5, #6.

Remember how I was just saying the other day that Charleston was a lovely town? It has now been marred with ugliness of the worst kind:

Police and federal law enforcement agencies were in the midst an all-out manhunt Thursday morning for the gunman they say is responsible for killing 9 people in a Charleston South Carolina church Wednesday night in what police described as a hate crime.

The suspect opened fire on a bible study group at the historic black Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun street, killing eight people…Two other people were rushed to the hospital where one died.

Early Thursday morning, police released pictures from surveillance footage showing the suspect, a younger white man, approximately 21-25 years old, as well as the car he was driving, police said.

According to a local NAACP official, the gunman told a survivor he’d let her live so she could tell everyone what happened. According to Police Chief Gregory Mullen, the shooter sat with the churchgoers at the bible study for about an hour before opening fire. One of the victims was the church’s Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who is also a Democratic state Senator.

The Palace offers its deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims, to the Black community which has suffered egregious and unspeakable violence at the hands of whites for countless generations, and to all the good and decent people of Charleston for their unfathomable loss and pain.

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley—one of the starving grovelers at last Saturday’s big festival “to call on Jesus on behalf of America, that He might hear our cry and heal our land”—issued a statement calling for more prayers:

While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another.

Please join us in lifting up the victims and their families with our love and prayers.

Yes, by all means let’s have more prayers. Obviously, the problem is not enough prayers. The shooting victims were at a church, doing bible study, ferchrissakes. Only in the twisted mind of the conservative does a demonstrably failed policy compel ever more of the same.

And I really hate to interrupt Nikki Haley’s prayers—if only because praying temporarily prevents her from unleashing other calamities on the people of South Carolina—but those of us who prefer to dwell without our heads ensconced comfortably up our own asses actually do understand what motivates someone to “enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another.” Ask the terrorist Scott Roeder, who killed Dr. George Tiller in his church, and he’ll tell you: he considers himself a soldier in the “Army of God.”

Sound familiar? “Allahu Akbar,” anyone?

This is terrorism, people. Flip the script and put a Muslim in a white church doing the same goddamn thing, and then try to tell me the word terrorist wouldn’t be blasting from every “news” report and splattered across every paper and magazine. And terrorism does not just happen, magically and inexplicably, out of nowhere—not in the US, and not in the Middle East. It is almost invariably an emergent property of conservatism, whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or non-religious. Thus we have the spectacle of the conservative governor of South Carolina utterly mystified by the motivations of the shooter whilethe fucking confederate flag flies at the state capitol.

But fear not! Multiple law enforcement agencies are on the case, looking for a white man who killed nine black people in their church. If he is caught, we can be sure he will be swiftly brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law—although not if he turns out to be a cop who “feared for his life” while sitting at the bible study he crashed, of course. And not under terrorism charges, either: the Justice Department just announced it is investigating the shooting as a “hate crime,” not a terrorist act. The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing by four KKK members in 1963 was unequivocally deemed an act of white supremacist terrorism. But I guess that term is just a little too inconvenient right now, huh?

We can expect to watch the corporate media perform all of their usual macabre dances: The Lone Wolf™, The Mental Illness®, The Let’s Blame Anyone But Ourselves©.

No one will demonize and pathologize white culture, or white parenting, or white music.

No one will enact meaningful restrictions on (white) access to guns; if anything, they will do precisely the opposite.

No one will ask why the NSA and dozens of other government surveillance agencies and their countless, unaccountable private contractors—all singularly justified and lavishly funded in the name of fightingterrorism—were unable to stop him.

No one will drone bomb anyone and everyone whose behavior is similar to his.

No one will cage him for years without due process, or torture him to extract information about his associates.

No one will condemn any of the inherentlyviolentideology openly espoused by prominent conservative members of Congress, the clergy, and citizens at large.

Whites will do anything—anything—rather than take a good hard look in the mirror.

Lone Wolf, my ass. It doesn’t even work as a fucking metaphor: wolves run in packs.

UPDATE:

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A Facebook pic of the suspect now being sought in the shootings, Dylann Storm Roof, shows him wearing a jacket with two patches on it: they are the flags of apartheid South Africa and white supremacist/colonialist Rhodesia.

UPDATE #2:

Didn’t I just fucking say that “No one will enact meaningful restrictions on (white) access to guns; if anything, they will do precisely the opposite?”

Aaand right on cue:

Conservative pastor E.W. Jackson, a former Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia, told Fox News on Thursday that all clergy should be armed because a white South Carolina shooter attacked a historically black South Carolina church for it’s “biblical views,” not because of racism.

Fox news is unabashedly portraying the shooting as an “attack on faith,” because Christians are sooooo persecuted in this country for their biblical views.

UPDATE #3:

Suspect captured.

Witnesses said Dylann Roof stood up at the church and said he was there “to shoot black people.” I just want to reiterate: Fox News says this was an “attack on faith.”

UPDATE #4:

The cousin of the church’s pastor who was killed quoted a survivor who said Roof told the church: “I have to do it. You’re raping our women and taking over the country. You have to go.”

OUR women? TAKING OVER the country? I cannot express the depth of my contempt for these views and every single person who is sympathetic to them.

John Mullins, who went to high school with Roof, told The Daily Beast:

“I never heard him say anything, but just he had that kind of Southern pride, I guess some would say. Strong conservative beliefs,” he said. “He made a lot of racist jokes, but you don’t really take them seriously like that. You don’t really think of it like that.”

Strong conservative beliefs. I guess racist jokes are just like rape jokes: not to be taken seriously. Don’t bother to confront these comedians. Get a sense of humor, everyone! You’re so oversensitive, and PC, and shit! FREEZE PEACH!!!11!!

UPDATE #5:

SC governor defends Confederate flag at Statehouse: Not ‘a single CEO’ has complained.

Who else’s opinions do we even need? On anything? Ever?

UPDATE #6:

With the usual caveat (#notallsouthcarolinians), I’m with @BastardKeith: “New plan: take your confederate flag down, South Carolina. Then set it on fire. Then put it out by pissing on it. Then go fuck yourself.”

4 thoughts on “White Supremacist Terrorism in Charleston. UPDATED. UPDATE #2, #3, #4, #5, #6.

  1. Good post.

    Just one quibble: I’m not sure how groups like the German RAF could be explained as coming out of conservatism. But I suppose a certain number of exceptions do not necessarily kill the thesis.

  2. I don’t even get how the media is not screaming “White terrorism yet again!” after Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, et al., ad nauseam. Seriously nauseam. (I do actually get it, of course. And that makes me sick)

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