By now I assume you know about the shootings at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A heavy-set Caucasian male, dressed militia-movement-style, walked in and killed six people before being shot dead by a police officer who actually acted like the police officers I remember from my youth, the kind of cops whose big brass ones clanged when they walked — i.e., instead of running away from the gunfire and waiting for the SWAT team the way the cult of “officer safety” would call for them to do, he and his partner went in and shot and killed the perp. His partner got shot in the process, but that’s part of the job, risking your own life to save others.
From the description of the shooter, he is most likely a white supremacist who decided to shoot some ragheads. The fact that Sikhs aren’t the ragheads he thought he was shooting probably would have been of supreme disinterest to him, because for his ilk, anybody who isn’t American isn’t actually human and is The Enemy anyhow, so… (shrug).
At this point, we all know what’s going to happen. The Sikh community will once again step forward and remind folks that, uhm, no, they aren’t Muslims. Fox News will once again refrain from calling this an act of terrorism, because terrorists are *never* white men. Gun nuts will once again claim either alternately that a) that the shooting was staged by the Obama administration to justify imposing gun control, or b) that if the Sikhs merely discarded that whole “don’t carry guns in temple” part of their religion and send their kiddos and womenfolk armed into temple, then this temple picnic that was shot up wouldn’t have happened ’cause some 6 year old pistol packing kiddo woulda shot the gunman before he could shoot anybody else, despite nobody knowing that the gunman was there until he started shooting people from the entryway. And oh, Sikhs will once again claim that they have a religion of peace. Uhm, yeah, someone tell that to Indira Ghandi… oh yeah, that’s right, you can’t, because her Sikh bodyguards slaughtered her. Uhm, next?
One thing that will not happen is a discussion of the root cause of this shooting: The hate that fills America today. You don’t have to go far to see this hate. Just go look at the Washington Post or Fox News comment sections, and you’ll see all sorts of hate, spite, and viciousness on display. They are literally hate-fests, where folks like me won’t venture because the smell of ignorance and bigotry is so strong. Well, folks, that’s most of the “heartland” of America. Not just the Confederacy, but look at Kansas and Idaho and Indiana and lots of other places, and you see the same old disease, a lot of vicious, hateful inbred people who reject any attempts at coexisting with people who aren’t like them and who cherish their ignorance and hate as their birthright, stroking it lovingly in much the same way they stroke their pistols (no no, not *those* pistols, the kind made of steel that fire lead… though I suppose they stroke the other kind too, since their relationships with their wives are the stuff of trash TV shows that typically end up with a fistfight on live TV). Note that I’m not saying everybody in those places is like that… but a majority are.
But that will not get discussed at all, this disease in the heart of America that leads some to go beyond merely hating to actually shooting. Because that would mean admitting that America is not perfect, that America is suffering from Yugoslav Disease where there is a group of people who simply refuse to coexist with other ethnicities, and admitting that sad reality wouldn’t be “patriotic” or some shit like that. So it goes, in the United States of Willful Blindness…
– Badtux the Observant Penguin