Fox News pulls a Rachel Dolezal

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In an earlier post on last night’s tragic mass murder in a Charleston church, I urged commenters not to “trivialize this tragedy by using it an opportunity to advance whatever political opinion you may harbor; do not use it as a cudgel against others…. Our enemy is hate; it is not each other.”

I stand by that plea. At a time like this, we don’t need to sink into endless rounds of “your side caused this!!” nonsense, as if the act of a single deranged individual could tell us anything about the relative merits of one political party or ideology. Liberals didn’t cause it; conservatives didn’t cause it. One man’s hatred and perhaps insanity caused it.

Unfortunately, Fox News almost immediately gave us a perfect example of an attempt to hijack this tragedy, rearrange the facts and use it for crass political purposes. It’s so egregious that it should not be ignored.

A young white man, believed to be Dylann Roof (above), walks into one of the most politically prominent, historic black churches in the country and kills nine people, all black. According to reports, he told a survivor that “You rape all our women and you’re taking over our country and you have to go,” and it is highly unlikely that he is referring to Christians in that remark. Based on that report and other evidence, the FBI says that it is treating the attack as a hate crime.

Fox News then takes that fact set and twists it into something else entirely.

An attack in which black people are targeted at random for murder for no reason other than their race — an attack testifying to the continuing violence done by racism in this country — is stolen and repurposed. Suddenly, it is transformed to fit the popular Fox narrative of “An Attack on Faith,” on Christianity and on those who hold biblical values. Why?

So that the largely white viewers of Fox News get to revel in being its victims and targets. So that their sense of persecution gains confirmation.

“If we’re not safe in our own churches, where are we safe?” asked Elisabeth Hasselbeck, no doubt making black Americans all over the country ask the classic question:

“What on Earth do you mean by ‘we’?”

Yes, we are all shocked by the murders; yes, we all feel the pain involved. And yes, the fact that this took place in a church compounds its horror. When Gov. Nikki Haley said in a press conference that “the heart and soul of South Carolina has been broken,” she was right.

But let’s at least acknowledge this for what it is, and not turn it into something it isn’t. Ask yourself: If a black man walked into a white church announcing that he was there to kill white people, would Fox still report it as “an attack on faith”?

In recent days, we’ve all had a lot of fun at the expense of Rachel Dolezal, the blond white woman in Washington state who tried to pass as a black woman and thereby expropriate the African American experience of discrimination and repression for herself. Why would she do such a crazy thing?

Well, with the segment above, Fox News is attempting to do much the same thing, but on a much larger and more serious scale. They attempt to steal the pain and agony that many black Americans feel at being targets of hatred, so that Fox and its viewers can wrap themselves in that comforting mantle of persecution instead.

It’s just astounding.

 

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FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Roof said he bought the gun he used in a local gun store.

So which is it? HE bought the gun, or his father gave him the gun for his 21st birthday? 

Dusty2
Dusty2

@FIGMO2 


Figmo2


I like your search for the truth.  It does seem that some reporters fill in with their imagination when they don't have the real facts.  Later we get the "actual"  report  (maybe)!  Must be a tough job, this instant reporting!

myimmortal
myimmortal

jay must be really busy since he hasn't blocked me yet. I guess he's hard at work writing his next idiotic dribble about how bad white folks are and their violent tendencies. Of course while ignoring the many thousands of violent crimes committed daily in the inter-cities across the country...


You ignorant America hating people....

Dusty2
Dusty2

hmmm After reading some of the comments here, may I suggest that the next topic for Mr. Bookman be "Remembering patriotism!  We are all Americans!"


Seems that a whole lot of people have forgotten in this sunny morning of hearty hate. 

JamVet
JamVet

@Dusty2 

Find me one conman here who ever writes wonderful things about America.

Or even the merest gratitude for living here, Dusters.

Just one.

Good luck!

myimmortal
myimmortal

@Dusty2 Mr. Bookman don't care anything about that. He along with his ilk have got to keep the country divided for poltical reasons. Stoking these racial flames keeps the dem votes flowing from minority groups. Its just what libs do. To hell with the country...

JamVet
JamVet

@Dusty2 @JamVet 

So go ahead, find me all of these patriotic posts by your fellow conmen!

Good luck!

Dusty2
Dusty2

@JamVet @Dusty2 

Could it be that you only read liberal comments, JamVet? And THAT is your version of patriotism?

td1234
td1234

Militia right. 


"“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”

George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234 

Quoting George Mason are we?  How about this quote from George

That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free State

myimmortal
myimmortal

The GOP should be held accountable for all these mass killings since they are trying to divide this country!

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@myimmortal 

You might need to mental assistance from your Obamacare considering your present frame of mind.

td1234
td1234

@myimmortal Says a person that supports the party that identifies itself by minority coalitions and sells itself by talking about how bad the white man has treated them.  

myimmortal
myimmortal

@td1234 @myimmortal But but but if we all just hugged each other more we wouldn't have all this violence. I just hugged a homeless man and it felt great!

JamVet
JamVet

@ElemennoP @myimmortal @td1234 

Geez, you and the other hayseed td, can't even recognize when you are being played?

Trolls outtrolling other trolls.

Niiiice!

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

After children were gunned down in Newtown the gun jerks proved they don't have an ounce of humanity. Here they are again, two days after another massacre, posting the same BS with no thoughts for anyone but their themselves and their selfish need for penis enlargers. Then they have the audacity to call themselves CHRISTIANS.

It is how I know that God does not exist, because if it did, the people who desecrate the memories of children with their gun fetish rantings would be piles of dust instead of the crappy human beings they are.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

“The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals,” Mr. Stewart continued, “and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.”

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

Catching up: "Then why punish those that want hand grenades for self defense ?"

Private citizens can own hand grenades, they can own 50mm cannons, they can own tanks...they just have to be prepared to pay the proper fees and have the proper legal authorization papers.

"well regulated"...remember that?

fedup52
fedup52

@Doggone_GA Don't give them any ideas DGA.  Before you know it the kochs might own a few nuclear tipped missiles and point them at the libs.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@barkingfrog @Doggone_GA No, that's not correct.  I think ALL law abiding citizens would be punished if Congress took away their right to own guns because a few NON LAW ABIDING citizens abused that right.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

For td to identify with Thomas Jefferson is a farce, as well as a desecration of Jefferson's evolved intellect and spirit

td1234
td1234

@MaryElizabethSings Jefferson would listen to your delusional rantings for about 5 minutes and then spit in your face from laughter. 

myimmortal
myimmortal

@MaryElizabethSings I'm sure Jefferson would support gay rights and abortion and believe America should be a peaceful country and not even have a military.

JamVet
JamVet

@td1234 @MaryElizabethSings 

Then he would simply stomp on you and use you as garden composting...

jezel
jezel

In the discussion of gun control...we should remember how many unarmed Jews...Hitler massacred.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@jezel Maybe it's just me I don't see where that has anything to do with gun-control.

myimmortal
myimmortal

@jezel If we would have unarmed Hitler it would have never happened. We must rid the world of all guns and knives!