Before 1940 almost genocidal like attacks by White Supremacists was sadly common place. From 1877 to 1950 some 700 recorded lynchings took place in the traditional South alone. It was a one sided war of White against Black. In my mind the worst of those murderous decades, from 1880 to 1920, was a simple continuation of the genocide that began with slaughter of Native Americans. Hundreds would be killed at a time, it was a bloodbath.
From 1955 to 1970, a period sometimes refereed to as the modern Civil Rights era, massacres, like those experienced in the decades before, didn't happen. The worst by far was the murder of 4 innocent girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama in 1963. It is an amazing and frightening to realize that the massacre of 9 innocent Blacks in Charleston, South Carolina by some freak named Dylann Storm Roof was the worst attack on Blacks, in the name of White Supremacy, from the beginning of the modern Civil Rights era, around 1955. Let that sink in for a moment. And we, all of us, are breeding the hate, in one way or the other.
Sites like; Infowars.com, Fox News and The Blaze are the top 3 that incubate an outright horrible base of racists, mostly White against Black. On the other side; Twitter, Huffington Post and a few others spew reverse racism in the other direction just as vile. It is a stew of hate, racial and political intolerance on such a level it will, one day, motivate violence on a scale we have just experienced. I would not be surprised if it is revealed that Roof frequented one of the above mentioned Conservative domains.
The facts are that America is flirting with a race war. Not an apocalyptic battle front with tanks and cruise missiles but a continuous tit for tat type war more reminiscent of the gang influenced Black and Brown wars of the mid 1990's. That war lasted for a decade. Some of you are now scratching your heads, you've never heard of the Black and Brown violence that likely took hundreds of lives. The millennial Whites are a different breed. Like Roof they are multicultural within their social pecking order. It was reported that Roof had Black friends and probably listened to Hip-Hop on some level yet he donned the flag of Apartheid South Africa on his jacket and proudly displayed the Rebel Flag on the front bumper of his car. It's a gang mentality coupled with the misplaced pride of the racist South. A very dangerous brew.
Who knows Roof may have had a racist Father, Grandfather, we'll soon find out when the dissection of this monster begins. We will know every detail in a week or two, then we can examine the results of the social and family autopsy and try to determine if this sort of event will happen again. If so; what will trigger it? And it's not a simpleton political speech from the President that quickly delved into a discussion on gun control. The madness of this situation must be discussed, out loud, White, Black, Latino, Asian and Native American need to have a open discussion.
Many of the comments on the sites I mentioned before speak of the impending race war. Or they speak of false flag operations and government conspiracies. But the truly scary commenters speak on a more elemental racist level with violent undertones. Or they are totally overt racists that simply don't give a damn if you know it or not. Racism knows no race. Intolerance knows no religion. And until we admit that out loud, in public, all of us together, this will happen again and it will only get worse.
Maybe this so-called race war is starting but it's not front line type battle that's been glorified by militant White racists for going on 4 decades, it's a gangland guerrilla campaign that lasts for a decade, or longer. It is "hit us, we'll hit you" gang war.
Is this the new America? Did Roof just write the evil first chapter of something truly horrible. Well, history was made today and when history is made times change, in a hurry.