WORDS: 746 — Let’s face it, “white supremacy” is in the moment but all this culminates into is the same old racial, and religious hatred since the country’s founding. Oddly, when you think of the old adage, “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink it” as describing a problem of missed opportunity…apparently you can spout racial hatred and people are willing to drink from that cup of anti-human behavior… or be convinced to “drink the Kool-Aid”. So then I ask, why is that? What makes some 18 year old be seduced by racial hatred to the point that he meticulously plans an assault on a grocery store with the only goal of killing people of a different color, and carries it out?
Those who bother to read my posts might find a common thread… I tend to prefer that solutions to human problems come from addressing human decision-making rather than the usual attempts to control the actions themselves made from their decisions. It’s like my recent posts on abortion… we tend to make laws governing the action of performing the deed when I tend to favor trying to affect the decision that led to the action. Trying to control human action through a litany of laws and court decisions runs dangerously close to affecting our freedoms in general. We, as a society, tend to make such laws with complex legal language.. with years of debate. Yet understandably I can concede that it’s far easier and far quicker to see some level of result (or not) to feed to the public from prohibiting an action than create a social program, equally administered, to influence the decision-making process before the action is taken.
I have a deep concern that as we in American society do the groping to control our human-instincts-gone-wild with legislation and laws that are invariably going to influence a degradation of our general freedoms. For the moment, Wiki reports…
The United States does not have hate speech laws, since the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that laws criminalizing hate speech violate the guarantee to freedom of speech contained in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
By contrast social media sites have engaged in direct prohibitions in hate content, which is permitted, and growing in support in spite of opposition screaming some sort of loss of free speech. Yet we have “hate crimes” . Of course I believe in principle what those laws intend to cover, those crimes are still the result of following some level of “hate speech”.
I Think It’s All About Critical Thinking.. To Ward Off The Rampant Conformational Bias Governing Our National Divide
In other words, we go back to education. It’s the composite concept of teaching problem solving skills and critical thinking skills. Our “free speech” does NOT equate to “unbiased” speech… or being unbiased until you confirm what you are seeing and/or reading “makes sense”. But wait… is not this all a part of the greater issue… the greater influence gaining ground in America, white nationalism? The vanishing of white America? White replacement theory? One would think the young would be more accepting toward assimilating human racial diversity given the young dominate social media, which crosses all borders. Yet, certainly with this 18 year old shooter in Buffalo, he ended up vulnerable to receiving racial hate to motivate his violence.
I don’t think as a society we have any other choice but to immediately adjust school curriculum to include age appropriate and developmentally appropriate problem solving and critical thinking skills, along with some behavioral concepts. I recall going through elementary school in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s where there was still “Home Economics” being taught, primarily to female students. Not long after us Boomers started school “Home Ec” classes were phased out. Perhaps if we approach some of our social trends in a similar manner. What’s wrong with teaching elementary kids (the higher grades) usage of social media to learn, and source out accurate information?
I hope they just don’t lock up this kid without some honest psych evaluation (beyond just the can-he-stand-trial-and-know-right-from-wrong thing) and behavioral cause & effect on how he got sucked into committing this crime under his own decision making. Was this the failure of his upbringing.. or a combined nature vs. nurture thing?
No need to drag this post out any further for now. Perhaps in the weeks and months ahead we will have more results from the investigation as the trial unfolds.