ROOT OF THE “RACE PROBLEM”
The entire concept of race is a social construct created in the Middle Ages when more advanced Europeans encountered less advanced cultures. It was economically advantageous to dehumanize them for both conquest and profit such as the slave trade. That ungodly development has haunted this country since before its birth.
Growing up in a culture war environment in the 60’s, I read horrific reports of lunatic cult members called the “Manson Family” who were attempting to start a race war that he had been predicting prophetically that didn’t happen. Charles Manson claimed the Beatles were sending him “messages” through their music, especially “Little Piggies”, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, and “Helter Skelter”. He uses heavy drugs and anti-establishment rhetoric to convince them. The wealthy celebrities in Hollywood were seen as the oppressors whose murders would cause such alarm that the white people would overreact and start the war proving him correct.
Last week in Charleston, SC, a high school dropout with a history of arrests and drug abuse shot and killed nine people trying to start the same race war. His primary motivation was based on recent events involving Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin. His paranoia that “blacks were taking over the world” is very much different from Manson’s.
It is depressing that level of social distrust trust in government and law enforcement has returned to those of the turbulent ‘60’s. To those who have read Manson’s biography, “Helter Skelter”, it is clear that the emotional damage growing up in such dysfunction is dangerous to our society. Is the breakdown in the American family becoming epidemic? How a father could purchase a 45 caliber handgun for such a social misfit illegally is beyond me. he has later has changed his story to Dylann’s buying it himself illegally. Either way, the existing gun laws were not enforced. We live in a culture where laws are routinely ignored. A recent report showed an 86% drop in workplace hiring of undocumented employees inspections. These type of things exacerbate the lack of confidence in our government but to me are not the biggest concern. Sure we need more responsible public servants, but what about responsible parents?
I never thought I was normal, never tried to be normal.
The parents of those involved in Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston, McKinney, Ferguson, and Baltimore show the real crisis. I first was taken back by the complete lack of awareness of James Holmes, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris’s parents in their sons’ activities and attitudes. Dylann Roof just seems to be log on the fire. To fix society, we need to start addressing our homes. What currently passes for “normal” is the problem.