Jeb Bush: ‘I Don’t Know’ if Racism Played a Part in South Carolina Shooting

jeb-bush-7Since the horrific church shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in South Carolina Wednesday night, I’ve done my best to avoid adding any sort of “political” angle to the entire ordeal. Naturally I assumed this tragedy would become politicized by the media (as the media almost always does with situations such as these), but I had tried to avoid reading or watching anything that was trying to turn this into something political.

Then I came across comments Jeb Bush made during a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference which prompted me to write a response.

“I don’t know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes,” Bush said at the conference.

Seriously? He doesn’t know what was “on the mind or the heart” of a white male who walked into a black church and apparently said, “You rape our women, and you’re taking over the country. And you have to go” – then proceeded to kill nine people? Jeb “doesn’t know” what might have caused that?

Are you out of your damn mind? Is this how stupid the Republican party has become?

This shooting was about racism and hate – and that’s it.

Here, I’ll answer those two “issues” for Jeb: What was on his mind? Racism and hate. What was in his heart? Racism and hate. 

End of story.

Oh, but it’s okay, because a spokesman for Bush addressed the controversy later in the day, saying that Bush obviously believes race was a motivating factor. Oh, by the way, this spokesman did this on Twitter. You know, where there wasn’t a group of very right-wing voters to which the Republican presidential candidate was pandering for support.

It is amazing, in the aftermath of what was easily one of the most blatantly racially motivated acts of violence we’ve seen in our country in quite some time, so many Republicans I’ve seen make statements about this attack appear hesitant to use the “R-word”: Racism.

There’s no middle ground here. This isn’t an event that needs a national debate over what “the motivations” of this domestic terrorist could have been. This is as clear-cut and indisputable as you get. The fact that so many Republicans seem to be grasping at straws to find something – anything – other than racism to blame for this massacre is deplorable, pathetic and an absolute joke. And it’s even worse than so many of them are either hesitant or simply flat-out refuse to say publicly that this attack was racially motivated.

While I’ll be one of the first people to call out “the left” when they try to claim racism on issues where there’s really no proof that racism played any part, this damn sure isn’t one of those instances.

This was a racially motivated domestic terrorist attack perpetrated by a vile, bottom-feeding animal who slaughtered nine innocent African-Americans for no other reason than the color of their skin.

The fact that so many members of the GOP seem hesitant to publicly acknowledge this pretty much confirms what we’ve known for a while – racism comprises a large part of the voter constituency to which they must pander, and they care more about pandering for votes than anything else.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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