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On NPR, they had one commentator discuss the Tucson shooting. Her first reaction, as she described it, when the shooter was identified: a sigh of relief that the shooter was not Latino like her, but a Gringo.

I'll cheerfully join her in that sigh, for a very different reason. When the initial reports came out, I jumped to a conclusion: it was a Mexican drug cartel hit. The initial information was very limited: it happened at an event for a member of Congress who is a hawk on border security, there were so many people wounded that automatic weapons were the likely culprit, there was talk of at least two gunmen, and it all happened very near the US-Mexican border. That all adds up, to me, to the Mexican drug cartels. And that would have been very bad news; it would have drawn the US directly into Mexico's de facto civil war. So I, too, was very relieved when it was a single white guy who'd had a handgun with a very big magazine who'd done the shooting.

Her reason, though:

It's safe to say there was a collective sigh of brown relief when the Tucson killer turned out to be a gringo. Had the shooter been Latino, media pundits wouldn't be discussing the impact of nasty politics on a young man this week -- they'd be demanding an even more stringent anti-immigrant policy. The new members of the House would be stepping over each other to propose new legislation for more guns on the border, more mothers to be deported, and more employers to be penalized for hiring brown people. Obama would be attending funerals and telling the nation tonight that he was going to increase security just about everywhere.

In short, the only reason the nation is taking a few days to reflect on the animosity in politics today is precisely that the shooter was not Latino.

In brief, "I'm glad someone else will be the scapegoat for this one."

In other forums, I saw relief that the shooter wasn't a Muslim, and I think we all can see what that means. Although it might have been better if it had; as we saw in the DC sniper and Fort Hoot shooting cases, that immediately triggers the Discretion Reflex in the media that says "we can't be certain what drove a man to go on a killing spree while shouting 'Allahu Akbar.'" That might have forestalled the rush to judgment.

No, the shooter wasn't Latino or Muslim. He was a gringo, a kaffir, a honky, a cracker. He was a white guy.

Like me.

But that's OK. We're the ethnic group that's not allowed to have pride in our ethnicity and our heritage. We've been conditioned to be unaware of those things, unless we're expressing shame.

I'm OK with that. I know my general ethnic heritage -- English, Scandanavian, and a bit of (shudder) French. And I couldn't care less. I take neither pride nor shame in the accomplishments of my ancestors, and feel no great kinship with others based on that. I've taken Mr. King's dream most literally, and don't judge others on the color of their skin, but the content of their character -- and ask for the same.

For me, it gets worse. I'm not just a white guy. I'm single, in my 40's, live alone, am pretty much a loner, and spend way too much time online. Plus, earlier this year I said "screw it" to my fading hair and started shaving my head in a style I call "resignation." I not only fit most of the Tucson shooter's profile, but that of most serial killers. So I got that going for me, too.

So, to those who obsess on racial or ethnic identity: go ahead and sigh your sighs of relief that the shooter wasn't Latino, wasn't Muslim, wasn't black, wasn't gay, or whatever. Feel relief that it was just another white guy who flipped his lid. Your own pet issues and causes won't get the extra scrutiny that comes hand in hand with identity politics, because he was of the group that isn't allowed to embrace and celebrate its own identity.

Which is something I not only do not resent, but embrace. And I long for the day when everyone else can get the hell over such meaningless things as identity politics, and learn to stand -- and fail -- on your own merits. To recognize that the accomplishments of people who looked like you or made some minor contribution to your gene pool is nothing for you to bear with either pride or shame.

Yes, the Tucson shooter was one of "mine--" in a sense that is literally skin deep.  I consider that among the least of my attributes.

Would that others shared my apathy.

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Comments (17)

Here here.Ima gonn... (Below threshold)

Here here.

Ima gonna steal the 'resignation' style name. I too shave my head because my hair was slowly sliding down my back.

Once you go bald you .... well .... something.

My grandparents came over f... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

My grandparents came over from Czeck(Slovakia). So I am the second generation from my family born in America. My grandparents would not talk to me in slovak. They took pride in the fact that they were now americans and saw no reason for me to learn their old language.

I am white and european and I do not accept any blame, guilt or condone anything done by generations past. It is just wasted energy. I am older then JT but I still have my WHITE hair. ww

Happily being White, Anglo-... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Happily being White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant (WASP for the lable makers) I am also glad the shooter wasn't Mexican. Two reasons. 1, I truly did not want proof that that level of drug violence had come to Tucson, and 2, I didn't want to listen to rounds of how great Mexicans really are, just misunderstood.

As a note, Those of us that live south of Tucson, do not consider Tucson a border town or even close to the border.

"We've been conditioned to ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"We've been conditioned to be unaware of those things, unless we're expressing shame.

I'm OK with that. "

Screw that and screw you. That's part of the problem.

I deserve none of the credit for the good things white people have done just because I happen to be white. I only deserve credit for what I do myself.

By the same measure, I deserve none of the blame for the bad things white people have done.

I'm sure as hell not going to be O.K. with 'expressing shame' about being white. Neither should anyone else. Not speaking out about that keeps us from ever getting nearer to MLK's ideal.

Being O.K. with that racism actively harms everyone by keeping us that much further apart.
You don't want to harm everyone so don't be apathetic about it.

Don't we yet realize that r... (Below threshold)
Don L:

Don't we yet realize that regardless of who this was, is irrelevant to what the pro-death left seeks to do with this one person's assault on life. They are searching deeply for any reason, regardless how implausable, to curtail free speech and gun rights. The right needs to attack their premise that one sick American out of 300 million is justification for their shamelessly pressing their political agenda. The next time it may be a sick righty -do we then toss out the entire constitution?

I'm not sure I should get w... (Below threshold)
Don:

I'm not sure I should get worked up about this, but gringo is a "hostile and contemptuous term" in my dictionary. Should I give her the benefit of the doubt in calling this nut a gringo or is she referring to him as one of many gringos? I can agree with the former but if she meant the latter, she can kiss my ass.

That NPR columnist needs to... (Below threshold)
DJ:

That NPR columnist needs to be canned.

She doesn't look past the latino connection before allowing common human decency to step in to express sorrow for a genuine tragedy. For her, the race card trumps all. Should she truly be "progressive" and "color-blind", she'd have held her breath waiting to hear if the assailant was an American and not an illegal alien.

I'm waiting for NPR's respo... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I'm waiting for NPR's response. But I won't hold my breath. Dollars to donuts, "gringo" will be referred to as "a term of endearment".

Since Hispanics are no longer a "minority" in the Southwest, can we call Hernandez a "racist!"?

At least NPR is still cater... (Below threshold)
Roy:

At least NPR is still catering to their main demographic - i.e. the one that categorizes people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character.

I'm a single white male of ... (Below threshold)
ChiefMinion:

I'm a single white male of European descent, live alone (with my greyhounds), often shave my head, 40's, bit of a loner... MY GOD JAY! Were we separated at birth?!?

Seriously, great post. All the protected PC groups can breath a collective sigh of relief. The killer was a white guy. That crowd can handle it. They need more hate directed at them after all, past transgressions or something like that.

You see, I don't care what "group" he falls into once you get past the point where he is off his nut. The skin color or motivations of a loon don't interest me, only that he is a loon.

The libtards don't care what his motivations are either. Whatever they are, they will be twisted to meet their ends. They won't waste this opportunity to take away more of our freedoms. It's already started.

I would classify that nutty... (Below threshold)
914:

I would classify that nutty skinhead as more of a dingo.

Wow, Juan Williams got cann... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Wow, Juan Williams got canned from NPR for less.

And this: "...they'd be demanding an even more stringent anti-immigrant policy."
A flagrantly dishonest representation of the current argument about immigration policy. While you sigh there in relief, little missy, it's anti-ILLEGAL-immigration.

And this: "The new members of the House would be stepping over each other to propose new legislation for more guns on the border, more mothers to be deported, and more employers to be penalized for hiring brown people."
Oddly enough, it was not a "new member of the House" (that just got shot by a gringo -Thank God!) who favors stronger anti-ILLEGAL-immigration policy. Oh, and wait ... she's also a Democrat. Sigh.

A not last, but I tire of people like this woman: "In short, the only reason the nation is taking a few days to reflect on the animosity in politics today is precisely that the shooter was not Latino."
No. It's because he was white. Not because he was not Latino. He was also not black, Muslim, or anything else. And furthermore, people were not "reflecting on the animosity in politics". They were yelling and pointing fingers with great animosity.

You know, every time a black person kills another black person, I don't "sigh in relief" that it wasn't a white guy that did it.

This is what they call "journalism".

Well, I hardly think conser... (Below threshold)
914:

Well, I hardly think conservatives will be jumping to save this trash from the incinerator. But, rest assured the liberal activist type's will be crying for therapy and leniency.

I say, shoot the MF'r dead on the spot and save the taxpayers money and liberal BULL SHIT!!

From the COMMENT section of... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

From the COMMENT section of the article:

Daisy Hernandez (DaisyHernandez) wrote:

"Many of you are upset by my use of the word gringo… but I don’t see as many of you actually disagreeing with my argument: the only reason anyone’s talking about the impact of “toxic talk" is that the shooter was not Latino. If he had been Latino, the shooting would be used to actually justify toxic talk and anti-immigrant policies.

About “gringo": a word in Spanish can often have multiple meanings depending on the country or even just the community in a country. Wikipedia has a good explanation of how the English dictionaries think gringo is offensive slang, but “according to the definition in the dictionary of the Spanish Royal Academy which defines the Spanish language" the word gringo “does not carry a negative connotation."

Perhaps Ms Hernandez should be advised that she's in the United States, not Spain - and that the primary language of the United States is English, not Spanish.

And the dodge about "the only reason anyone’s talking about the impact of “toxic talk" is that the shooter was not Latino."....BULLSHIT Daisy!

Let's call a spade a spade Ms Hernandez. You're a closet racist!

Ms. Hernandez is now out of... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Ms. Hernandez is now out of the closet. She is a racist hater of white people.

I am an American. Any othe... (Below threshold)
Pile of Pooh:

I am an American. Any other identifier is irrelevant.

Oh (expletive deleted).... (Below threshold)
Oldflyer:

Oh (expletive deleted).

I don't know which irritates me more. JT's racist response , or the original slam against "Gringos" by the racist Latina.

I have read a lot of bizarre comment on this tragedy. This may approach a new low.

I have news for JT. I do not identify with Lochner in anyway. The fact that he was born with white skin notwithstanding. To the best of my knowledge, the sickness that drives him is subcutaneous. In other words, his skin played no part in his derangement.

I hate to break it to the Henandez woman, but I am still as opposed to the illegal invasion across our border as ever. I am sure that the drug Cartelistas, being the rational thugs that they are, would never attempt to kill such a prominent Democrat politicians That act would almost certainly awaken Obama and his DHS. It is even possible that they would take meaningful action to stop the arrogant violation of our sovereignty that makes stretches of the southern border region a "no go" area for "Gringos".




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