The racism, the white supremacy, the sense of white entitlement manifested by this young man (as evidenced by his claim that black folks were taking over 'our' white country) is woven into the very DNA of this nation. It was there in the very amniotic sac that birthed America.
It has been the backbeat of everything that has happened since. There hasn't been one day that this country didn't operate under the implicit if not explicit assumption that it was for white people, and whatever folks of color we allowed to exist among us.
There hasn't been one day in this country's history when the message was made clear that #BlackLivesMatter. Not one day that the institutional realities in this country were at odds with the evil meted out by this young man. He may have acted in a more extreme and visceral way, but make no mistake, this country sends the message every day, from its schools to its police forces, that black lives are expendable; that 'they' are persons to be controlled on behalf of 'us.'
This terrorist, this murderer is not foreign to you America. He is not a stranger. Not an interloper. He is your son. Nurtured in your home. Our home. He is us. And he learned your lessons well, sadly." Tim Wise
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