So, we’ve had two acts of homegrown terrorism while I’ve been off doing meatspace stuff. I see some jackass tried to torch a Planned Parenthood, and some shitstain with a gun shot up a community college, killing at least ten people. But of course, this will all have nothing to do with the right-wing war on reproductive health care and this country’s refusal to engage in some sensible gun control. And they won’t be called terrorists. Just lone wolves. And I haven’t read much more than headlines so far, but I’m sure someone’s already busted out their imaginary copy of the DSM and their non-existent psychiatric degree and called at least one of them mentally ill.
I have only a few things to say at this time:
1. Both of these acts were acts of terrorism. The people who committed them are terrorists. Period, full stop.
2. It’s time we stop blaming mental illness every time a right winger or white dude does this stuff. A person doesn’t have to be, and often isn’t, mentally ill to be an angry, violent asshole.
3. This shit will not stop so long as we worship guns and fetuses in this country.
4. The people who need to understand points 1, 2, and 3 will deliberately ignore them.
5. Fuck those people.
I’m not going to read the news tonight. I’m going to extend my condolences to the victims’ families, friends, and colleagues. I’m going to offer Jedi hugs to the people whose community and college were just torn apart. I’m going to offer a solidarity fist-bump to the folks whose building was set on fire by some douchewagon who can’t stand the idea of women, trans men, and non-binary folk controlling their own fertility. And I’m going to support them in any way I can as they rebuild.
I’m not going to cede this country to the homegrown terrorists who think they can control it by violence.
And I’m going to remember that a lot of good people standing shoulder-to-shoulder can change the fucking world.
My friends, that is just what we are going to do. That is what we are doing. And that is why they fear us so.