Last night, Jon Stewart showed that there are some world issues that cannot be cast under even a sensitively and incisively …Read More
Today has been one of those days where the news is paralyzingly awful — where, indeed, you’re likely to want to use a word like “paralyzing” to describe the near-consistent sensation of despair the incessant terroristic affronts to the lives of America’s black population cause — but where there’s nothing more counterproductive than words like “paralysis.” As many have written today — after Dylann Storm Roof’s murder of nine black people during a prayer meeting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC — this is not the time to meet news with mental “paralysis” or an easy head-shake about “random acts of violence,” but with an actual attempt to comprehend and upend the hideous depths of the country’s rampant racial imbalances. These have once again been exposed (as they consistently are), not just by the massacre itself, but also from the aftermath, during which major news networks such as CNN and Fox were slow to report it (Fox, for example, kept running their interview with Donald Trump as news came out).
Rachel Dolezal’s “silence-breaking” interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, along with a second series of interview excerpts with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, didn’t reveal all that much we didn’t already know. So far, the biggest takeaway has been that Dolezal — in the cultural hot seat this week, to put it mildly — claims she has no deception to confess. She essentially ends up sticking to her story, saying she identifies as black. She even seems to give credence to the (widely criticized) theory that her identity is something akin to transgender, and that she experienced a sense of racial dysmorphia from an early age.