Saturday, June 20, 2015

Updated: Charleston Killer and Racist Symbolism

Update: Warren Kinsella is right. This guy's name shouldn't be repeated.

We will be posting an article on this horrible tragedy that examines the reaction from Canadian boneheads soon, however we did want to briefly discuss part of the Charleston killer 's, "manifesto" that had published online prior to the murder of 9 men and women as well as the photographs that were found on a zip file on the website. Unbelievably, despite evidence from the Charleston killer 's own mouth at the time of the murders that his motivation was racially based and his subsequent confession, there are those who still persisted in the belief that the attack was motivated by some other factor (some on Fox News suggested that it was an attack on Christians primarily). Other claims are even more ridiculous; it was a false flag operation and there wasn't any murders at all, the Charleston killer was on drugs; he was an FBI/NSA/CIA plant to discredit "White Nationalists," and he was actually an Obama supporter (based on a very poor photoshop of the original picture).

But then there are also the photographs he posted (aside from those where he is wearing the jacket with the Rhodesian and apartheid-era South African flags) that are filled with racist symbolism:

Some symbols here include the Othala rune, "88", and the celtic cross.

The other issue is the Confederate battle flag who's continued supports still insist is not a symbol of hatred. Among those who continue to push the idea that the flag is, "about heritage and not hate) is Lindsey Graham who is currently running to be the Republican candidate for president.

We are sure how a man who wants to be the president of the entire United States could support a flag that even during the Civil War stood as a symbol of one peoples' domination over another (and, of course, the breakup of the country Graham aspires to lead) and which as since been adopted by hate groups ranging from the Klan to neo-Nazis. It is a symbol that has become as repugnant as the flag of Germany from 1933 to 1945.

And many of those who still proudly fly the Stars and Bars don't have a hell of a lot of love for the Stars and Stripes even today:

I hate the sight of the American flag. Modern American patriotism is an absolute joke. People pretending like they have something to be proud while White people are being murdered daily in the streets. Many veterans believe we owe them something for “protecting our way of life” or “protecting our freedom”. But im not sure what way of life they are talking about. How about we protect the White race and stop fighting for the jews. I will say this though, I myself would have rather lived in 1940's American than Nazi Germany, and no this is not ignorance speaking, it is just my opinion. So I dont blame the veterans of any wars up until after Vietnam, because at least they had an American to be proud of and fight for.

So yes, Mr. Graham. It is "him," however, symbolism, such as the symbolism of the rag you and he hold some affinity for, can be a strong motivating influence.

If people read the statement of the Charleston killer on his own website and look at the photographs he posted and still hold on to the delusion that the murders were not racially motivated, there's really little one can do to shake those people out of their delusions as they exist mentally in a very different world than the rest of us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Banning racist symbols, racist language, and so-called "hate speech" cannot eliminate racism. What can be done is strong action by the government against lower levels of government to ban the use and display of the flag on government property by government officials. It is people, not government, that have the right to freedom of speech.