I was having a discussion on Facebook with some friends over how people tend to automatically assume it was someone from the middle east or an asian that set off those bombs (some very interesting tweets). We were exploring the fact that a ton of people have already assumed that it was a foreigner and not a white terrorist. My friend pointed me to a very interesting article (written by a white guy) that talks about how no one thinks that a white person could have perpetrated this latest violence. Here is one of my responses during our conversation:
“We like to think of ourselves as enlightened, but as a country, we’re not. There are still so many people out there ready to jump to conclusions about who did it. They always want to blame people from the middle east or in some cases, Asians. Absolutely no proof, yet they’ve already made up their minds. I read the story you linked to about white privilege and I have to say it rings very true. People seem to ignore the fact that we’ve had a very large number of white terrorists in our country, yet conveniently forget about them when something like the Boston bombings happens. I find it even more disturbing that the Colorado movie theater shooting was done by a white guy, yet they don’t mention that he’s a white terrorist. They blame guns or they blame mental illness. They never mention that he might be a white guy who just wants to kill as many people as possible. Same thing with the shootings at Sandy Hook. A white guy, but it’s the fault of the guns. Columbine High School, two white kids go crazy and shoot up their school and kill teachers and students, yet again, they blame guns and metal music. The only time race is EVER a factor is when the person doing the mass killing is not white. When we find out who did these latest bombings, I can tell you this. If he’s white, no one will say a thing about him being white. If he turns out to be practically any other race, you can bet your house that someone is going to play the race card and try to say “I told you so.””
What a tragedy!
At least, this is what they say about the people who were killed. A bunch of others were injured, but luckily they made it out alive. Many others got out unscathed. As I said about those that got out with only minor injuries…lucky.
I also keep hearing people say “Thankfully God was watching over the survivors!” They also post things on Twitter and Facebook saying essentially the same thing.
God was looking out for them!
God protected them!
God wasn’t protecting anyone.
How can I say such a heartless thing? I don’t see it as heartless. I just see it as the truth. I find it fascinating that people say that God was looking out for the survivors. Screw the survivors. What about those that died? Who was looking out for them? Nobody…because there is no God.
God supposedly looks out for people that truly believe. He looks out for people that live good lives. What does that say about those that were killed? Where they bad people? Did they break laws? Were they evil? Criminal? Only they truly know what kind of lives they led.
And then there’s the shooter, a 24 year old guy named James Holmes. What about him? Police say he thought he was the Joker. Before this, he was apparently a premed student. Not such a bad thing. It’s interesting to think about though. How do you go from being premed to killing innocent people in a crowded movie theater? One thing we can probably say for sure is…he knew what he was doing.
He knew he was going somewhere where the crowds would be large and held in a confined space. Anyone who is familiar with a movie theater knows that in most cases, you walk up s short walkway, then travel up a few steps to get to your seats. Once you’re settled in and ready to see the movie, there are only two ways out: the emergency exit or back the way you came. Fact is either way you have to go back down those steps to get there, to get out. James knew this. He knew people would be stuck up a handful of steps. He knew how they would be seating. He knew once the film was going and people were into it, it was going to be a turkey shoot.
And then there’s God. Did God see the evil inside this person? Did God stop him from accumulating all those weapons? The body armor? The gas mask? Did God try to stop him from going into that movie theater? Was he up there in heaven looking down at him while he slaughtered women? Children? Good people who probably had nothing against him? No. He didn’t. If God was there, looking over the bloodshed, he knew what was happening. He knew people would die.
God looked over that scene and he didn’t seem to mind.
And what’s happening now? James is getting exactly what he wants. Everyone is talking about him as if he were a celebrity. He’s all over the papers, online news sites, Twitter, Facebook, Google+…everywhere. We’re giving him exactly what he wanted.
God bless the survivors? The victims? No.
God bless no one.
- Police confirm at least 14 dead, 50 injured after movie theater shooting in Colorado (minbcnews.com)
Data used in the article was sourced from CNN.com.
Article by Ruby Jones (@Ruby_M_Jones), Emily Carmichael (@Executive_Emily) and Richard Allen (@RichardAllenRH).
I don’t normally get into politics too often on the blog, but just last night as projected by CNN.com, Rick Santorum won Minnesota’s caucuses and Missouri’s nonbinding primary. As of the writing of this blog entry, it was still unknown what the results were for Colorado.
Now I’ve never really identified with anyone party. I will admit that most of my political views have been more toward the left so I never really cared much for what happened to the Grand Ol’ Party, but this is definitely interesting. While I didn’t really dive headlong into the story, I did skim them over to see how the numbers looked and for a while it seemed as if Mit Romney was going to be the one to run against President Obama in the fall elections. Then suddenly, light a bolt of lightning, Newt Gingrich came out and won South Carolina and just like that it felt like people were thinking “ok, now it’s game on.” I was thinking the same thing, hoping to see at least a semi-entertaining Republican run similar to what we saw a few years ago between Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Now here we are again thinking it’s between the two big dogs, but no! Santorum says “What just a minute!” and pulls out two huge wins! Perhaps not massive delegate-wise, but it’s definitely turning heads. For a race that seemed to be coming down to only two men, Santorum came in and change the game.
HOLD THE PHONE!
Just checked CNN.com and as of this moment, they updated the Colorado results and Santorum is about 300 votes behind Romney so he has a big change to take Colorado as well.
I gotta say, I have no idea why, but this is almost exciting; sort of like a horse race. Some of you might think that I am a closet republican. Nope, sorry to disappoint. I’m not a racing fan either, but if I were around while a horse race was going on, I’d stop for a few minutes just to see who came out on top. SImilar situation here.
Gotta say this is going to be a very interesting Election year. Regardless, I have to say whichever candidate they throw at Obama better be on his toes because with unemployment numbers looking better, the stock market improving, and the kept promise of ending the Iraq war, it’s gonna be a hard sell trying to convince America to replace him.