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Sat Jun 20, 2015, 12:19 PM Jun 2015

The lethal gentleman: the ‘benevolent sexism’ behind Dylann Roof’s racism

Modern day lynching. But he just shot random black people instead of the specific one he's angry at. Of course I bet that's always happened too.

Racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. all go hand in hand. They are illness our society has. Deadly illnesses.


And the one that Roof used to rationalize his racist act was: women are beautiful, but their grace makes them fragile. Better that they stand back and let men defend them.

This argument is hundreds of years old, of course.

It’s most clearly articulated in the history of lynching, in which black men were violently murdered routinely by white mobs using the excuse that they had raped a white woman.

Roof is the modern equivalent of this white mob. He believes that he and other white men own me and women like me — “you rape our women,” he said possessively — and so he justified gunning down innocent black people on my behalf. You are vulnerable, he’s whispering to me, let me protect you.

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The lethal gentleman: the ‘benevolent sexism’ behind Dylann Roof’s racism (Original Post) gollygee Jun 2015 OP
Ohhhh, excellent article. Thanks. Novara Jun 2015 #1
k and r for this excellent article. bookmarking, sharing. niyad Jun 2015 #2
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