I’ll never understand how American members of hate groups are raised. They are born without anger I’m sure. Then what happened?
That’s where I get lost trying to guess at coming up with answers. What have the Jews done to become almost routine targets of gun violence in America? I never heard about Jews until I moved to Anchorage a long time ago. Then I heard about Adolph Hitler and the killing of more than 6-million of them in Europe during World War ll. I still ask why.
And I still ask why some white people hate African Americans. I still ask why some white people hate Alaska Natives. I haven’t been able to come up with a reasonable answer yet to any of those questions. And no one has ever stepped up to tell me anything.
Wednesday, a white man identified as Gregory Bush shot and killed two African-Americans, seemingly at random, at a Kentucky Kroger store following a failed attempt to barge into a black church.
That and the slaughter of innocent Jews in Pittsburgh by Robert Bowers make no sense. There is something mighty wrong in our society. The mail bomber in Florida comes from the same fabric as the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter and the killer in Kentucky. Eleven Jews were killed and 6 other people were wounded in Pittsburgh. It’s ironic but Squirrel Hill, the home of the Jewish synagogue, was also home to the friendly Mr. Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood of TV fame.
In the meantime I keep hearing our president yelling things about this and that telling his followers to kick somebody’s ass – “punch ‘em in the face!” Then he tells everybody we have to unite to fight this evil and that evil. Who does he want to unite with?
There’s a strange energy in America. It’s indefinable. People talk about it as if it’s all about politics. But it can’t be. There is something more. Politics rarely drive people to guns and killings. But then again I could be wrong.
President Donald Trump has a few dog whistles he like to let loose on. Last week he became a “nationalist,” without saying any more than that. He even denied that there was anything racist about the comment despite the fact that white nationalists have made headlines for years. Shortly afterward, the mail bomber of Florida came into view and the synagogue mass killing happened, just a day or so later.
Trump has called journalists the “enemy of the people.” CNN’s offices, often called out by Trump as creators of “fake news,” were sent mail bombs by Cesar Sayoc of Florida. Well-known Democrats who are under constant attack by Trump were also on Sayoc’s mailing list. Federal authorities said Sayoc mailed a total of 14 packages containing homemade pipe bombs, none of which detonated, but all of which were real. This is not a hoax, FBI Director Christopher Wray said.
Trump is an anomaly, an unknown quantity. We never know what he’s going to do or say. Today he said at a rally he was going to tone his rhetoric down, but he was laughing at the same time and in response, his followers laughed too. What comes next, we won’t know until whatever happens. And we are mighty close to the midterms.
I suspect he will change his mind and start hollering again, calling out his solitary dogs of war to harm someone or some group. The migrant caravan is almost here at our southern border and we’re not sure what Trump is going to do or say.
At any rate, I’ll be the first to thrown rotten eggs at members of both parties since neither one has had the balls to take charge and stop the murderous epidemic we have going on in America. That’s only fair.
John Tetpon, Inupiaq, is a longtime Alaska journalist, musician and artist.