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The Difference with White Bullets

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A Socially Speaking Commentary from Perry Redd

In the land of “exceptionalism” where justice and equality are core principles, the question of the hour is, does America play favorites…pick “winners and losers?” In light of the heightened awareness of the country’s racism—and the resistance to accept that as a fact—I’m compelled to highlight the bold-faced contradictions that this country—my country—is spoon-feeding and white-washing you, me and every American within earshot. We’re ignoring it’s racism…yet again.

Another white male, 57-year old Robert Lewis Dear, stepped out of his car and shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. It’s been credibly reported that the suspect accused of carrying out the shooting spree, made remarks about “baby parts” to investigators after his surrender.

Within the short analysis of this story, there are five key problems that I want answered:

• Are not guns the problem here?
• How does a mass shooter get to shoot police…and live?
• In the aftermath of this shooting, is his mental health an issue?
• Why are Americans even the least bit hesitant to call the attack what it is: terrorism?
• Why isn’t the press zeroing in on the basis for his attack, Christianity?

You might be able to tell that I’m pretty upset by this latest incident. I’m upset that another gun incident has occurred in this country while Blacks are daily vilified in the mainstream media as the “bad guys.” I get equally upset that high-profile Americans are scared shitless by conservatives in this country; so much so that they are mute on issues that might one day bite them in the ass one day.

Whether Wall Street’s theft of Main Street, or police shootings of Black men, white people won’t lift a sorry finger to call wrong wrong, until it smacks them in the face. What am I talking about? Well, it’s been reported that U.S. figure skating icon Nancy Kerrigan says she was “devastated” when she heard former skater-turned-police officer Garrett Swasey had been killed during a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado. She told the Boston Herald Swasey was like a brother to her growing up and skating together in Stoneham, Mass.

The Nancy Kerrigan twist demonstrates my observation. Of all of the shootings in America—just this year alone!—you ain’t heard a damned thing from a Nancy Kerrigan—or countless other notable names—about senseless gun violence.

Swasey, an officer for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, was one of three people killed in the shooting spree this past Friday that left several other people wounded. The other victims’ names had not been released early Sunday. (By the way, isn’t it strange that law enforcement immediately released the name of this slain officer after the officer is shot, but they fight like hell not to release the name of an officer when they shoot and kill a Black male?)

Law enforcement officials say they haven’t determined a motive for the shooting, although one official told the Associated Press that suspect Robert Lewis Dear said something about “no more baby parts” after his arrest. AP said the official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case, but he’s discussing it anyway…why isn’t he in jail? Somebody knows who the leaker is!

And worse, killers like Robert Dear call themselves protecting life…life?  Sure, they argue that God would have their blessing in doing so.  That’s as ludicrous as extreme Islamic Jihadists suicide bombing in the name of Allah.  Christians need to quit it…anti-abortion supporting Christians are worst than rotten, rank garbage.

But back to the problem.  When human beings are shot and killed, guns are the problem.  Mentally ill people (or sane ones for that matter) can’t shoot a soul without a gun; thus guns are the problem.  Those guns create an uneven balance of power that terrorizes unsuspecting people.  Terrorists know this, that’s why the gun is the preferred weapon of choice.  Those that use those guns (or supply shooters with those guns) are no less than terrorists.

And thus, my point: different rules for different folks. White people get to break laws, get breaks when they do, and walk away with their lives still salvageable. This reminds me of James Holmes, the 2011 Colorado theater shooter. The man killed 12 people and injured 70 more, booby-trapped his home with explosives and was holding a gun when the police showed up…how did he get to live? And Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri?

Yes, you see what I see, but the question is, will you admit what you see? In a land that espouses justice for all and equality under law, there can be only one reason for arguing against this overt disparity: racism.  And if you are among those that agree with a Donald Trump, that there’s too much “political correctness” by apologizing for being racist, then count yourself among the diminishing, gun owning, “angry majority.”

These different—no, disparate—punishments for whites ought to make you ashamed to be an American, but of course, you’re not. You know that you’re as wrong as two right shoes, but as long as you live in denial, just know that your life is now compromised for the sake of a few white bullets.

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