Following President Donald Trump’s false claim that the press purposefully fails to report on terror attacks, his team released a list of attacks that were supposedly “underreported.” The list supplied, however, was entirely devoid of attacks by right-wing extremists and those inspired by the “alt-right.”
Fake news is the one thing Trump hasn’t claimed to have invented that he actually deserves at least partial credit for inventing. Trump puts out so much misinformation he is a fake news factory unto himself, an artisan of lies, a curator of untruths.
In America, deranged people can kill with racial, ethnic, religious or any of a wide range of hatreds and receive far differing reactions from the national media, the general public and seemingly even from the forces of justice.
Jurors found Charleston gunman Dylann Roof, 22, guilty of federal hate crimes and obstructing the exercise of religion for those he shot and killed during a church Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015.
In April 2015, Roof walked into Shooter’s Choice in West Columbia to buy the handgun. When the store submitted the background check to the FBI, the purchase was initially flagged. But through a series of mishaps, the clerk did not deny the sale of the gun before the required three-day waiting period ended.
These online communities for the ill and the lonely let the killers know that after the deed, which usually includes their death, they will have lots of people following them.
South Carolina does not have a hate crimes statute, and so the hate crime charges that Roof targeted the victims “because of their race and in order to interfere with their exercise of religion,” are part of the federal indictment, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.
When Dylann Roof pulled a gun at a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, his shots rang through history to the roots of the ideology of white supremacy.
Dylann Roof, the suspect in last month’s massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been indicted by a grand jury on nine counts of murder.
For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African-American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.
The building of America was a violent, oppressive, and racist undertaking, not simply a virtuous tale of brave men breaking away from the overweening British Empire.
It took an act of mass murder before the South was willing to reckon honestly with the Confederate flag and its meaning. The price of enlightenment seems awfully high.
It would have been admirable for this change of heart regarding the Confederate flag to have happened without the cruel shock of a massacre of innocents.
We can look forward to weeks of apologists trying to explain why we should ever see the Confederate flag flying anywhere near government property.
39-year-old Republican state senator Paul Thurmond delivered a blunt assessment of the Confederate flag as a claimed symbol of Southern “heritage” — and personally illustrated the vast cultural changes that have occurred over the course of American history.
Has any murdering terrorist ever failed more dramatically than Dylann Storm Roof? Intending to start a race war, he succeeded only in shocking the moral conscience of the state and nation.
The flag, emblematic of slavery to most but a symbol of states’ rights and Southern pride to others, has become something of a political football in the wake of the shootings.
Charleston shooter Dylann Roof has written about being influenced by a white supremacist organization known as the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a group with ties to certain Republican politicians.