“[The Trayvon Martin case] prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?”
That’s from the Charleston shooter’s manifesto. No doubt you’re thinking this “Council of Conservative Citizens” is an obscure far-right group, well isolated from power.
The list of politicians in Mississippi who have participated in CCC events, compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2004, includes 23 Mississippi current and former Mississippi politicians. Of the 23 listed, 15 still hold elected office in Mississippi today.
Whenever these hate crimes occur, many people are quick to trot out the “lone wolf” meme, arguing this was a freak occurrence of exceptional racism. Instead, the shooter was inspired by everyday racism, the kind that you’ll spot on Fox “News” or on the extreme end of the Republican party. The kind of racism that raises $100,000 for their schools (and yes, they do have schools) and donates $64,000 to Republican candidates. The kind of racism black people encounter daily.
So how can we stop the next hate crime, when the murderers are as racist as everyday citizens? How are going to cut off the fuel for this hate, when it gushes freely from law-abiding people?