Monday, May 16, 2022

Sure Sign of a Sick Society

American society is sick to its core.  Because I was either busy or fatigued last weekend, I didn't cover the racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.  The shooter, who should have been flagged to remove his guns, was motivated by the White Genocide or Great Replacement conspiracy theory, which posits that there is a Jewish plot to use immigration from the Global South to marginalize white people in order to create an easily controlled 'mongrel' population.  It's a toxic blend of white supremacy and incel rage that has led to mass shootings throughout the past decade.  Recently, it's been promoted by Tucker Carlson of Fox.  The ten victims of the massacre were decent family people, many of them senior citizens.

As heartbreaking as the news of the Buffalo massacre is, the real horror dawns when you learn that it wasn't the only racially motivated mass shooting in the US that day... three Korean women were murdered at a hair salon in Dallas.  One knows that one is living in a sick society when there are so many mass shootings that they crowd each other out of the headlines.

I spent most of today sleeping, I must confess.  Sure, I worked three days worth of hours in two days, with three hours spent coaching, but I think that a desire not to even leave the house was as much of a motivator as fatigue.


StringOnAStick said...

I hear you. I'm struggling with finding the balance between staying informed and not being incoherently depressed from it. This racist sickness is exactly that.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

It really is depressing. How soon before yet another mass shooting drives this one from the headlines?

Richard said...

I hope you got some rest. It sounds like your work involves education and coaching in a place with trees, deer and other wildlife. It is the time for the great NeoTropical Bird Migration northwards. Probably you will see/hear some cool creatures. They don't participate in this human madness, although they do still fall victim to it. But they persist as best they can.