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Ajamu Baraka on Gun Control

 

 


Race-motivated mass shootings aren't about gun control

Where are the marches in white communities condemning racism and standing with black people? Why no 'Je Suis Charleston'? President Obama, as the government's chief propagandist, defined Dylann Roof, the white nationalist assailant, as a pathological, hateful loner who had easy access to guns. The words "terrorist" never crossed his lips or the lips of any other officials of the national government.

Then, the state and corporate media followed-up this framing with a fascinating sleight-of-hand stunt: instead of focusing on the domestic security threat posed by violent, racist right-wing extremists groups in the country, the old trope of gun control--along with a new twist, removing the Confederate flag--became the new focus! The implication was that by removing the Confederate battle flag, that would somehow move the country towards racial reconciliation, much like electing a black president was supposed to do.

Source: Black Agenda Report OpEd by 2016 vice-presidential hopeful , Feb 25, 2014

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