by G. Brown
This overcast, gloomy Monday is more depressing than most. It’s the first Monday after one of the country’s deadliest weekends at the hands of domestic terrorists.
Twenty-nine people killed in two separate mass shootings. In Dayton Ohio, a 24-year-old white gunman killed nine people when he opened fire on people as they headed to bars and clubs in the Oregon district around one in the morning.
Just 13 hours earlier, a deadlier attack on helpless shoppers in El Paso Texas targeted by a 23-year old white gunman who killed 20 people and wound 26 others.
As most Americans tried to grapple with the sheer horror of innocent victims gun downed like animals, politicians began spinning narratives about why the violence occurred. Some blamed mental illness, some blamed video games. The worst of the worst came from a guy trying to spin this as a Democrat problem…
The El Paso shooter was a left wing extremist and a member of the democratic party.
This is not #TrumpsTerrorists, this is a Democrat terrorist who was radicalized by left wing extremists like Antifa.
— Mike Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) August 4, 2019
One politician tired of the B.S. from politicians and the media decided to name names. When a reporter asked him, “Is there anything in your mind that the president can do now to make this any better?” Presidential candidate and Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke could not contain his anger, his composure or his pain saying, “…you know the sh## he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Members of the press, I don’t know…what the fu##….it’s these questions that you know the answers to. I mean connect the dots about what he’s been doing in this country. He’s not tolerating racism, he’s promoting racism. He’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and violence.”
“He’s not tolerating racism, he’s promoting racism.”
Democrat Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke lashes out after an emotional day, telling the press to “connect the dots about what [Trump] has been doing in the country” after a mass-shooting in his hometown El Paso. pic.twitter.com/zWI2t47AVY
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) August 5, 2019
And finally, after two years of hearing the man in the White House align the office with White supremacy, another politician reaches the point of enough is enough and calls it what this really is. Seeing violence shake his hometown of El Paso pushed O’Rouke to where millions of other Americans have been standing aware and woke for decades…racism in America is a powder keg that simply needed someone to light the fuse.
Any person of color in this country could have told you this before now. Like O’Rourke, many White people are finally ready it seems to stop being polite and ready to confront the real threat. It’s not Black people living in Baltimore or Chicago or brown people coming across the U.S. Mexican border.
That awareness is the reason hashtags like #TrumpsTerrorists,#MassacreMcConnell were trending over the weekend. Trump supporters say it’s not fair to blame this wave of racism on the President, but it’s not fair that 29 families have to bury loved ones because hatred made them a target. It’s not fair that the man elected to the highest office in the land traditionally used to unite and encourage people is instead using the power of the office and tax dollars to fund his hate rallies where people chant “send them back” and suggest “shoot ’em” as solutions to a misconstrued illegal immigrant problem.
The guy who tried to used doctored postings of shooters claiming to be Democrats is as tone-deaf as astrophysicist Neil De Grasse Tyson declaring more people die in surgery mishaps or former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw blaming both sides.
People have been gullible and supported pie in the sky promises that have faded into yesterday’s headlines. As O’Rourke says, it’s time to stop dancing around the truth about where all this racial tension, hatred and animus is coming from. It’s time to look the problem square in the eyes and say “Enough Mr. President”.