The horrific, racially motivated murder spree by Dylann Roof also served as a call to action for those who see the awful events of Wednesday night as corroboration of their core beliefs about the poisonous nature of American culture.
Briefly, two key tenets of modern progressivism are that, one, racism is virtually ubiquitous. Even when it isn’t apparent, it is so ingrained by the evils of our past as to be systemic. Although blatant racists only occasionally lash out openly, there are quiet racists everywhere.
Two, the United States is a wildly violent, gun-crazy culture that must be reigned in with tougher firearms laws. These laws will—naturally—be entirely effective.
Dozens of commentaries began to pop up within 24 hours of the shootings underscoring both points, as well as being solemnly fawned over by many of my left-leaning Facebook friends. The overall tenor of most of the articles was “of
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