There has been a mass shooting at an AME church in Charleston, SC. Six black women and three black men were shot dead by a young white man who had been attending their prayer service for the past hour.
Even after years of being openly atheist and running with the outspoken atheist crowd, I can’t help but think there’s something especially disgusting about shooting people in church. I respect the idea of church as a sanctuary. People should have a reasonable expectation of safety in church.
They should especially be able to assume that the people praying beside them in church are not a threat to their lives.
According to a survivor of the shooting, the suspect had this to say:
“You rape our women and you’re taking over our country — and you have to go,”
That there is such a shining example of the intersection of white supremacy and patriarchy. In minimum word count, he shows us the following attitude:
1. “our country” –Black Americans are not real Americans.
2. “our women” — White women are property of white men.
3. “you rape our women” — Black men are more of a threat to white women’s safety than white men.
4. Which means he’s justified in mass-murdering black people in church.
And he says this as he shoots six black women. White women are delicate flowers who must be protected (but not from white men), whereas he doesn’t care about the lives of non-white women, especially if they’re black.
I just know the talking heads are all going to insist that this guy is out of his mind, lone wolf, clearly batshit, etc., and refuse to accept that he didn’t get this way on his own.
He’s a terrorist. He’s a white supremacist, patriarchy-invested, gun-toting American terrorist. And if we find out he also has mental health problems, so what? He grew up in society just like everyone else.