Dear Candidates: Stop Being Bad at Talking About Tragedy

South Carolina

A twenty-one year old white dude walked into a church and killed nine people because they were black. In a state that still flies the confederate flag on their capital. Another white dude, another mass shooting. It’s a scenario that’s getting old—no older though than the reporting on it. Let me guess, every reporter. He was mentally ill? He was troubled? Yeah, no shit. He was also inspired by 2.1 decades of systematic racism in a state that STILL FLIES THE FUCKING CONFEDERATE FLAG.

And you know the worst goddamn part? Seeing all of the half-hearted bullshit statements from politicians that say literally nothing. It’s annoying, it’s insulting, it’s stupid. The goal is to show that they are a caring human being/politician who you can trust with an office while not saying anything that offends the white folks who still think that racism is dead. So instead of condemning acts of violence and bigotry and hatred and calling them what they are—goddamn terrorist attacks—you get a bunch of platitudes from goddamn cowards.

For example, Ted Cruz released this statement:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of last night’s shooting in Charleston, who were tragically taken from us as they gathered together in prayer inside their place of worship. While details are still emerging, I have faith in law enforcement that the perpetrator of this evil and senseless act will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Look at that. Not only does he say absolutely nothing worthwhile, but he also brought it around to his platform—Look at these people, killed during prayer in a place of worship. It’s part of the war on Christians! It’s not about the dude saying “I’m doing this because you rape our women.”

But FUCK, it’s not just the red side being shitty about things. Even y’all’s goddamn messiah Hillary couldn’t muster up the strength to say something real. She quoted MLK, a pretty easy segue into making a goddamn point, but NOPE. Just wanted to say the same shit as Cruz. “…[we] are walking with you. In grief. In solidarity. In determination. We are with you. And we will stand with you as we seek answers and take action.”

And sure, I get it. You don’t want to say anything that ends up being factually inaccurate. So, you know, don’t say “This appears to be a team of ACTUAL FUCKING VAMPIRES” and instead say the OBVIOUS. Something about a white person walking into a room full of black people and murdering them all while telling one of the survivors some horribly racist shit being PROBABLY racially motivated IN A FUCKING STATE THAT FLIES THE GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING SHITASS CONFEDERATE FUCKING FLAG.

I’m a little on edge, if you couldn’t tell.

Also, Marco Rubio said the victims were in his prayers. That’s it. Goddamn.

My problem is that these people are running for President of the goddamn United States. And all they have to say about SERIOUS, INGRAINED problem is that they are sad about it. Well, NO SHIT. We’re all sad. And mad. And frustrated because instead of a path to a solution or at least a general acknowledgement that there is, has been, and continues to be horrific racial relations in the country they want to be the leader of. Instead of Jeb Bush saying that his fucking prayers are with Charleston, why doesn’t he say “WOW, GUYS. We have a big fucking problem. Let’s talk about this in a way that will actually lead to some solutions instead of just pooping platitudes everywhere.” Instead he’s going to front like he doesn’t know the motive.

I’m just so tired of this shit. We, the unwashed masses, squabble and piss and can’t figure our shit out (because that’s the whole reason WE HAVE A FUCKING GOVERNMENT), and when we look to our leaders, all we get is a ton of bullshit. How are we supposed to improve as a country when those at the top seem disinterested in helping at all?

But there is one tiny ray of sunshine in this shitpool. Grandpa Bernie made this statement:

“The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation.”

Great, big B. What do we do now?

Wyl Villacres is a writer and registered Republican who votes Green Party. His political work has been featured in the Examiner, Time Out Chicago, and This Ordinary Guy, and Newsweek once put him on their Tumblr. Find more about him at wylvillacres.net and follow him on Twitter: @wyllinois.

 

 

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