September 15th was the 45 year anniversarry of the 16th Street Church Bombing. Some background, for those who don’t know. In 1963, a group of white men who were members of the KKK planted bombs in a black church on a Sunday morning. When the bomb went off it destroyed a good portion of the church, blew out the windows of nearby buildings, and instantly killed four young girls. I guess those uppity negros learned their lesson, right?
It took decades for all of the men involved in the bombing to be arrested, tried, and convicted. Even though they bragged about it to friends and family. Even though the FBI had evidence that they did it. Why did it take so long? Not just because it was the South in the 60s, which was bad enough, but because dear old J Edgar Hoover saw fit to withold that evidence from prosecutors.
Just so you understand what I’m saying: in 1963 officers of our government purposefully withheld evidence that these men were guilty of killing four young girls and injuring at least 22 others because the government officials in question were dirty, racist bastards. It wasn’t until 1978 that the first of the murdering psychopaths was put in jail, and it wasn’t until 2002 when two others finally had their asses handed to them. The forth one died before he could be convicted.
This is how long families had to wait for justice.
I told you that story to tell you this one.
On Friday, September 26, the end of a week in which thousands of copies of Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West — the fear-mongering, anti-Muslim documentary being distributed by the millions in swing states via DVDs inserted in major newspapers and through the U.S. mail — were distributed by mail in Ohio, a “chemical irritant” was sprayed through a window of the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, where 300 people were gathered for a Ramadan prayer service. The room that the chemical was sprayed into was the room where babies and children were being kept while their mothers were engaged in prayers.
Someone, or a group of someones, attacked children in a house of worship. Could have, and probably intended to kill children and adults in a house of worship.
What the fuck is wrong with this goddamned country.
And no, I do not care if at some time or in some place a Muslim individual has also killed or harmed children or people in a house of worship. That does not fucking excuse this behavior. It is not ever, EVER okay to respond to ideological differences of opinion or faith by ATTEMPTING TO KILL PEOPLE.
Attacking children in a house of worship is on a short list of things that make you so worthless that shit starts to look like a good candidate for president.
And how many years do you think it will take for these families to see justice for this? How many more years do we have of it being all right to attack Muslims or people we think might be Muslims the way it was completely okay to attack black people in 1963? Which government officials will claim the glorious honor of being the ones to hush up evidence, or turn a blind eye, or just not give a shit hard enough in the victims’ general direction?
People who might be Muslim, or Arab, or look kinda Muslim or Arab or brown or strange have been sent to Guantanamo for being on the wrong side of the street on a Tuesday. If we ever deign to catch these worthless bastards, will our government prosecute them as terorists? Or will they decline to even label it a hate crime?
People (usually white people) often wonder why I’m not patriotic. This. Is. Why.