It's safe to say we are coming off of one of the worst weeks that the United States has ever seen, and possibly one of the worst in modern human history. At least 19 children were just brutally murdered in their classrooms by an incel shooter – only 13 days after a white supremacist targeted People of Color in a grocery store.
It's obvious to everyone what is happening. Senator Joe Manchin is twiddling his thumbs while young white and latinx males are violently lashing out in response to loss of control in a culture musically and sexually dominated by hip Black folk. This is the Black century, and the incels can't handle it.
In order to elevate the conversation surrounding white male gun violence, we've selected 20 thoughtleader tweets for you to read and internalize. Needless to say, we don't necessarily agree with the literal interpretation of all of them; a lot of emotions are in play when the wellbeing of children are involved. But the truth of the emotions behind them certainly are so very, very true.
So please reflect on the humanity and wisdom in each of these tweets. In some small way, these testimonies to an era collectively form the Constitution of today, to be revered tomorrow.
And build some space in your heart for the newest batch of lost young ones now looking up at us from their graves. They are pleading with us to fix the mass shooting problem. How will we respond? What will you tell those dead children?
Swalwell (Congressman for CA)
There's a reason why the gun violence problem doesn't happen outside of America. Americans are the only people in the world who have unlimited access to deadly weapons. It's time to end gun violence by taking away these murder implements by whatever means necessary.
Christopher Titus (comedian)
Even Titus agrees.
Barack Obama (former president)
Two years after the brutal murder of George Floyd, a valued member of the Black community, gun violence and white supremacy are still running rampant. It is so important to remember this, and to not let the discourse get polluted and derailed by the NRA-GOP complex.
The Rolling Stones
America doesn't just have a gun problem. It also has a white people problem. And that problem has a party, because 'murica.
Stop being blind to this stuff. Now, more than ever, open your eyes.
Michael Ian Black (comedian, actor, writer, and director)
Snopes already debunked the great replacement theory, but if it was real it would certainly have a positive impact on a world in need of healing from epidemic gun violence targeting folks of color.
Morgan J. Freeman (actor)
We have a disease in this country and it's the inherent colonialism, misogyny, transphobia, and racism of whiteness. We must address the disease as medical doctors do, not coddle it. ENOUGH.
Chance the Rapper (rapper)
It's time for Black folks (and allies) to stand up globally and make the Black Century their own – to truly wield power and show how it's done when not run by maniacs with guns and an inferiority complex.
Bishop Talbert Swan (bishop)
Even the Christian church agrees at this point.
Keffals (Twitch streamer)
Conservatives are holding back progress by clutching onto their firearms, deathly afraid of Black and trans folk taking over and subjecting them to *shudders* rainbows. Replacing ontologically evil conservatives with People of Color and those horrific rainbows would do a lot to heal us right now.
Ethan Klein (podcast host)
We need to do everything we can to protect our children at school, but that doesn't mean the doors of schools need to be locked like a prison. Instead of trying to make schools "safter" by making them like prisons, we need to address the real problem behind violence in this country: white males with guns.
Dr. Mia Brett (PhD)
White supremacy is caused by domestic violence and domestic violence is caused by predominantly white males. Blend it all together into a toxic soup and there's no wonder more and more go off the deep end and decide to implement bloody patriarchy at the end of a gun barrel.
Alex Vitale (Sociology professor at Brooklyn College)
Whenever your racist uncle says that "good men with guns" stop "bad guys with guns," link him this article and these tweets by Alex Vitale. The police ultimately did nothing to stop the incel shooter from mowing down children because they were big cowards with big coward ow ow scawy feelings. Abolish the police, and lock the entire Uvalde PD up for life.
Exavier Pope (VP at NABJSports)
We need to release the photographs of all of those bloody and dead children to prevent the party of mass shooting to trivialize and abstractify it. Grind their faces into those photographs, every day, until we get change.
Elizabeth Spiers (NYT Contributor)
She is speaking her truth about misogyny, and we're here for it.
Robert Reich (Berkeley professor)
Republicans will blame everything besides the real problem, which is Republicans. We can no longer allow that to stand.
Rob Reiner (actor)
Rob is absolutely correct here. The group of people responsible for the recent mass shootings and school massacres is the white people party (Republicans) and I will shout it from the rooftops and I will not freaking relent. Say NO to more child sacrifices for the demonic forces animating the GOP.
Mehdi Hasan (MSNBC host)
Mehdi hits the nail on the head as usual. Democrats don't blame Republicans even though they easily could. At the end of the day, it's important to remember that when they seek to go low, we seek to go high. When they aspire to be literal bad guys, we seek to enshrine protections, humanity, and inclusion into law.