We have the white comfort of not wanting to pay attention anymore. George Floyd is SOOOO 2020. We’ve moved on… except we haven’t. Violence is still perpetrated because of skin color. We can just afford to ignore it and call it “moving on.”
We are forbidden to notice that Black Americans were murdered while in search of sustenance and Dylann Roof was fed Burger King after his racially motivated attack on a Black church. We must deem it a coincidence that the Black church, a key element of Black communal life, was targeted by Roof in 2015 and the Ku Klux Klan during the height of the civil-rights movement in 1963. We must turn our eyes from the fact that Gendron’s wild claims about “replacement theory” are frighteningly similar to the “You will not replace us” chants that occurred in Charlottesville in 2017.
I would say we just don’t care anymore, but that is a lie. I don’t think we ever DID care. We will be held accountable for this.