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Waffle House Shooting: A White Shooter, a Black Hero, and White Presidential Silence

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2018 at 11:43 PM
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Waffle House Shooting: A White Shooter, a Black Hero, and White Presidential Silence

APRIL 23, 2018 / JOHN PAVLOVITZ

The shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House and its aftermath, say everything about this Presidency:

A white shooter.
People of color brutally murdered.
A black, gunless hero saving strangers.
A silent white President.

It’s all been on full display:

No calls by FoxNews to ban angry young white guys.
No white evangelical televangelists taking to social media to condemn the evils of racism and the danger of gun proliferation.
Nothing about the victims of color.
Not a damn word from GOP leaders.
Barely even any cursory “thoughts and prayers” for the dead.
No Presidential praise for the black man who saved countless lives without a weapon.

(By the way , his name is James Shaw Jr, Mr Trump.)

All of this, a week after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks, within hours of a Neo-Nazi rally in Georgia, and just days before the manufactured racist holiday, “Confederate Memorial Day.

This week is a microcosm of Trump’s America:

Contempt for people brown skin, by white people specifically emboldened.
White privilege expressed in violent rage, with a weapon far too easily procured.
A refusal to hold white, homegrown criminals accountable for the terrors they inflict—and to name them as terrorism.
A purposeful Right silence in the face of people whose lives dispense with their preferred false narrative about people of color and the dangers in the world.
A mass murder where none of the GOP tropes fit, and so there is no high horse to mount, no soapbox to stand upon, no pulpit to pound—and instead, only silence and hiding.

This week brings many fresh reminders.

It reminds us of the goodness within all people; of the similar selflessness that resides in disparate humanity, regardless of its pigmentation or orientation or nation of origin; of the incredible courage we are equally capable of.

It reminds us that people like James Shaw Jr are precisely what is making America great, and that we are called at all times to be prepared to stand up to the monsters when they appear—whether wielding weapons or legislation or bully pulpits.

It reminds us that white people rarely get painted as the villains here, even when they easily earn such titles—and that people of color have rarely received a hero’s welcome, even when clearly being heroic.

It reminds us how far we have to go until Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness really are accessible to everyone.

It reminds us that we can’t rely on our elected officials and our paid clergy to champion diversity and equality; that we the people will have to do do that; repeatedly, loudly, passionately.

It also reminds us that our nation is not going to be made great because of this President and those like him—but in spite of them.

This week we are seeing who we are, America.

by on Apr. 23, 2018 at 11:43 PM
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Elkamelka
by KayGee on Apr. 23, 2018 at 11:50 PM
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I saw the young man interviewed. Classy and brave. Nice to know there are still amazing people in the world.
M4LG5
by Gold Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 12:26 AM
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I'm sure if the shooter was muslim or black or any other POC and the hero was white, he would be saying something.

IF he does say something....its too late, in my opinion, and it would be without genuine praise.

Marie207
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 12:54 AM
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I can see these disturbed kids with lifetime issues are going to keep doing this. 

Sparkles4Lui
by Ruby Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 5:17 AM
Has he said anything yet?
PamR
by Ruby Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 8:37 AM
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He would be screaming about border walks and stopping immigration. If the young man who stopped the shooter had used a gun, he would have said everyone needs to be armed. A young black man who stops the shooter without a weapon? Nothing for him to exploit.

Quoting M4LG5:

I'm sure if the shooter was muslim or black or any other POC and the hero was white, he would be saying something.

IF he does say something....its too late, in my opinion, and it would be without genuine praise.

MonarchMom22
by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 8:42 AM
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I don't think we will hear anything from the administration about this incident becuase it would highlight the decision to overturn the Obama administration ban on those with mental illness (as determined by a court) to own guns.  

Unless they can somehow make the FBI at fault here, there won't be any comment.

anxiousschk
by anxiouss on Apr. 24, 2018 at 8:51 AM
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It's what he does.  It's what any immature person does.  Only acknowledges the things that agree with/confirm what they want.  

This doesn't fit my narrative? Oh, then it didn't happen.  

billsfan1104
by on Apr. 24, 2018 at 8:53 AM
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He hasn’t said anything about Toronto either to be honest.
With the other shootings, Obama, Clinton and other came out and said something, and they haven’t for this shooting either.
elizabooks
by Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 9:06 AM
Seems weird as this has been all over the news.
Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 9:54 AM
Right?!? That seems...wrong. I doubt Mr Shaw is looking for trump’s approval, but still...

Quoting Sparkles4Lui: Has he said anything yet?
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