December 04, 2015

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Of course, there is one thing most shooters in America have in common and you”€™d have to be blind not to see it: They”€™re white. Racism is alive and well in America and white supremacy is literally killing us one by one. A couple of weeks ago, white male senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ill.) pointed out that since 9/11, the people attacking us have looked “€œmore like me.”€ He said, “€œThey are generally white males who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools. Those are terrorist attacks.”€ This is a sentiment also pushed by Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), who told America, “€œ750,000 refugees have been resettled in America since 9/11. Not a one has been arrested on domestic terrorism charges in the United States of America.”€

So that’s pretty much it. Politicians nailed this long before we did and the only way we could have prevented this shooting and others like it would be to give them more authority. The government could provide more paternity leave, less workplace violence, more inclusion, less disenfranchisement, more diversity, and less gun violence. That’s what’s behind most of the attacks here in America and around the world.

I feel like I”€™m forgetting one other thing linking all these tragedies. Oh, yeah! Sorry. There’s one more force that’s diametrically opposed to our way of life and has set out to erase us entirely from the planet and that’s climate change. As the President of the United States very eloquently articulated a few days ago, “€œToday, there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change.”€ It’s “€œimperative,”€ as he puts it, that we put that above the “€œterror threat.”€ I”€™m assuming by “€œterror threat”€ he means “€œpaternity leave.”€


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