A white man shot up a Waffle House in Nashville, and killed four people. The belief by officials is that more would have been killed in the "iconic diner" if a young man, James Shaw Jr., had not disarmed the suspected shooter, Travis Reinking (who was captured in the woods), while he was fixing or reloading his AR-15 rifle. On Sunday, every major network hailed Shaw as a hero. The Mayor of Nashville thanked him for saving lives.
But because he is black and the suspect is white, and the dead are people of color, our president has said nothing about this mass shooting. True, Trump is owned by the NRA, and this organization (or death cult) impatiently wants the current and unprecedented sequence of resistance against American gun madness to cool and cease, and, in essence, doesn't care who shot who. It just does not want the shooting to excite more resistance. The fact that the victims of the Waffle House shooting are not white, but de facto second-class citizens, will make it easier for it to enter the void at the end of the current news cycle. Trump can comfortably sit this one out.
NOT A WORD from our putrid, punk-ass President about James Shaw Jr., a true American hero, or the Domestic Terrorist he disarmed, yet he out here tryna pardon dead muhfuckas like Jack Johnson? Maybe he’s waitin to point out the ‘Many Sides’ in that Waffle House?
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) April 23, 2018
There is also lots of justified talk about this mass shooting being racially motivated, and therefore another act of domestic terrorism. But again, only white American Christians who are killed by Muslims have the honor of being the victims of terrorism. White Christians killed by white people are just unlucky and have to moan and go on. Let me repeat this: If you are a white person killed by a white supremacist, you are nothing. If you are a black person killed by a white supremacist, you are less than nothing.
All 4 victims of today’s heinous Waffle House attack were young people of color with their whole lives ahead of them.
Law enforcement must view today’s tragedy as a racially motivated hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism. Hate crimes are on the rise. #TravisReinking pic.twitter.com/cJudBRowET
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) April 22, 2018