The recent tragedies in Atlanta, Georgia have exposed some sinister realities about our nation, but not all of them are obvious and straightforward.
In the immediate hours after the shooting of several salon workers in the deep south, rumors began to swirl that this was perhaps a hate crime targeting Asian women. Those fears were soon put to rest by the killer himself, who decried any suggestion that his crimes were racially motivated by declaring that his motivation was solely on account of his sex addiction.
Some within the social justice community have refused to accept this reality, however, and are continuing to suggest that this was a hate crime, despite the irrefutable evidence to the contrary.
One of our nation’s newest Senators is just such a person.
But such conclusions are rejected by protesters who see a link to rising attacks on Asian Americans in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China, and racially charged rhetoric from former president Donald Trump and others.
Warnock, a Democrat, took office in January as the first African American elected to the US Senate from Georgia. On Saturday he and his fellow Democratic senator Jon Ossoff spoke to protesters near the state capitol in Atlanta.
“I just wanted to drop by to say to my Asian sisters and brothers, ‘We see you, and, more importantly, we are going to stand with you,’” Warnock said, to cheers.
On Sunday, he told NBC’s Meet the Press: “I think it’s important that we centre the humanity of the victims. I’m hearing a lot about the shooter, but these precious lives that have been lost, they are attached to families. They’re connected to people who love them. And so, we need to keep that in mind.
Then, as if to defy the facts entirely…
“Law enforcement will go through the work that they need to do, but we all know hate when we see it. And it is tragic that we’ve been visited with this kind of violence yet again.”
The admission of the killer is apparently not enough for some lawmakers, who are still attempting to suggest that America’s racism issue is somehow the fault of their political opponents, and not any issue of the divisiveness that they continue to peddle.
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