Great handling of an obnoxious clown Trumpite!
Great handling of an obnoxious clown Trumpite!
The horrific and despicable attacks in Paris, France will dominate the news cycle for at least a week to come. However for most Americans living in America, and especially for minority Americans, the threat of being harmed by International terrorism is about the same as getting hit by a meteorite from the sky while walking down the street. The threat of being the victim of Domestic Terrorism, either violent – or nonviolent through word, symbolic attack, or state sponsored through the Law Enforcement is an everyday reality.
A “Hate Crime” is an act of Domestic Terrorism by different euphemism. The last week’s series of death threats against black kids at U-Mo, Howard, Mich, Bowie U, and now George Mason illustrates just how common race or ethnic based Domestic Terrorism is. Not even discussing the murders at a Church in Charleston. More people in the US have been killed by Domestic terrorists since 9-11 than jihadis.
Part of the reason for that is, despite the success by ISIS in recruiting a few disaffected Americans to their murderous case – Islamic Fanaticism has no real outlet in America. There is no newspaper spouting “Kill the Infidels” daily in articles across it’s front page, no cyber madrasas teaching the religion of hate, no web sites teaching how to blow up your neighbors for the Islamic fanatic cause… And no television or cable channel(s) dedicated to the views of violent Islamic Fanatics.
But there is for the racist white wing.
In a still developing situation, the city of Paris, France, is under attack by terrorists armed with guns and explosives. Many dozens of people have been killed. A still undetermined number of people have been wounded. The terrorists took dozens of hostages in a concert hall. French police and military forces have been deployed. There is mayhem and blood in the streets of Paris.
President Obama has correctly described this day’s horrific events as “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”
Terrorism is politically motivated violence against a vulnerable population that is designed to intimidate, sow fear, create panic and alter public policy.
Terrorism is serious business that kills people, breaks bodies and alters lives.
It is not a game.
In the United States, the right-wing media and movement conservatives have for decades consistently used eliminationist and other violent rhetoric to describe liberals, progressives and other people with whom they disagree. As was seen in the recent attacks on a Charleston-area black church, and other violence by right-wing anti-government militias, such rhetoric does not float in the ether of the public discourse, harmless and unacknowledged. No, it does in fact lead to action.
In recent months, the right-wing media has used language such as “terrorism” and “violent,” or that the latter is “targeting police for murder” to describe the Black Lives Matter movement. Such bombastic and ugly screeds–which are wholly unfounded, with no basis in empirical reality–have also been used by right-wing opinion leaders to describe the African-American students who are fighting against racism at Yale and the University of Missouri.
There are many examples of this type of incendiary rhetoric from conservatives and their sympathizers.
A few examples.
Bill O’Reilly has declared “war” on Black Lives Matter and in doing so described them as a type of contemporary Ku Klux Klan (KKK). At its height of popularity in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the KKK was America’s largest terrorist organization. It was responsible for the murders of thousands of African-Americans. In contrast to the KKK, Black Lives Matter is a group dedicated to protecting the human rights of all people against state-sponsored violence and police thuggery and murder.
Ben Carson, in his designated role as a black conservative whose primary purpose is to disparage black Americans and to excuse-make for white racism, recently told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that the black and brown students who are advocating for their full rights and respect at Yale University are ushering in “anarchy” and “this is just raw emotion and people just being manipulated, I think in many of these cases, by outside forces who wish to create disturbances.”
Likewise, Fox News has repeatedly described the student protesters at Yale and Missouri using the same language. O’Reilly has even gone so far as to suggest that Black Lives Matter and the students who are protesting racist treatment are part of a cabal that is engaging in “fascist” behavior and “running wild” against white people. Trumping his allusions to “fascism,” on his October 22, 2015 episode of his TV show, Bill O’Reilly even made the absurd claim that Black Lives Matter is akin to the “Nazis.”
These are implicit threats and overtures to violence as racial authoritarian fascists are a clear and present danger to democracy and freedom. Thus, they must be eliminated by any means necessary.
Other critics of the student activists at Yale University and Missouri such as The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf have even made the absurd claim that so-called “safe spaces” are being “weaponized” by student activists in order to deny free speech.
Terrorism has been practiced in the United States. It was used by a Herrenvolk white settler society built upon the genocide of First Nations peoples and the enslavement of African-Americans to control, intimidate, and murder non-whites. The decades of Jim and Jane Crow white supremacy were also a form of State-sponsored terrorism as well. Political violence continues in the present where in too many of America’s communities, police and other security forces kill with impunity, force the black and brown poor into a state of “custodial citizenship”, and act in a thuggish and illegal way towards the country’s most vulnerable citizens.
Black Lives Matter stands against such violence. The student protesters at Yale and Missouri who are fighting for fairness and justice stand against violence. Liberals and progressives as a matter of principle, a belief in the Common Good, and a humane society stand against violence.
Despite what the right-wing media, Bill O’Reilly, and the opinion leaders in the White Right routinely bloviate, those groups and individuals are not terrorists.
Real terrorists have killed people in the streets of Paris. The right-wing media needs to take note of that fact and moderate their rhetoric and abusive language accordingly.
Given the American right-wing’s casual habit of using violent language to describe their foes, and to gin up fear and anxiety among the movement conservative base, the Fox News’ right-wing echo chamber and its elites should be ashamed given the death and destruction that terrorism actually reaps in practice.
Just this week, we have had 3 towheaded troglodyte racists threaten to kill students at Mizzou, a threat to do the same to students at Howard University, a swastika painted onto Bowie State University’s, MLK Student Center, death threats against black students at Michigan Technological University…
Obviously, the protests which caught fire at Mizzou, and are now spreading around the country have the bigot set worried. So worried in fact, that bigot in chief, Donald Trump has denounced the demonstrations –
Trump said the demonstrations are “disgusting,” especially after the resignation of “weak, ineffective” campus officials, whom he believes caved to the “crazy” student demands. “Trump should have been the chancellor of that university,” he said. “Believe me, there would have been no resignations.”
Carson told Fox News late Wednesday that “we’re being a little bit too tolerant, I guess you might say, accepting infantile behavior.” He added: “To say that I have the right to violate your civil rights because you’re offending me is un-American. It is unconstitutional,” referring to the communications professor who infamously requested “muscle” to block reporters from accessing protests.
And the right wing press is scurrying to find “dirt”
Faux News Megan Kelly on “Hate Speech” – That shouting racial perjoratives (and death threats) is …Free Speech.
Let’s look at what these folks are enabling –
Another person has been arrested for making racist threats against black college students — this time in Michigan.
Police said they took a suspect into custody Thursday afternoon in connection with an anonymous threat posted on social media directed at students at Michigan Technological University, reported The Detroit News.
The university’s Department of Public Safety and Police Services spotted a message posted about noon Thursday on the Yik Yak social media platform and increased security on the Houghton campus.
The person who made the threat vowed he or she was “going to kill all black people,” authorities said.
Police immediately launched an investigation and alerted students of the threat by email.
No information was released about the suspect who was taken into custody several hours later.
The threat is at least the fourth made against black college students this week, after protests over campus racism at the University of Missouri ousted the university president.
Three Missouri men have been arrested and charged with terrorist threats, and authorities are investigating a racist threat made Wednesday against students at the historically black Howard University.
The threats follow two separate strings of suspicious fires earlier this year at mostly black churches in the southeast and then in the St. Louis area, following the shooting deaths of nine black worshipers at a historic black church in South Carolina by a white supremacist and the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson.
Michigan Tech is a research university located in the Upper Peninsula, and only about 1.3 percent of the school’s nearly 7,000 students are black, according to Forbes.
“It’s important to remember that we are a community and will not tolerate threats to any member of our family,” said Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz. “It’s time we watch out for one another.”
Yik Yak, an anonymous, geographically oriented social media network, has grown popular as a message board for college students — but the company turns over user information without a subpoena, court order or search warrant during investigations of violence or threats.
I mentioned in my post on the racial attack on the Pretty Penny restaraunt that the hill and mountain country of the western side of Virginia had become home to a large number of white supremacist, militia, and christian identity groups. Some of the groups are neo-nazis, confederate hammerskins, and KKK in Central Virginia where Chesterfield County is. Which means a lot of recruiting on the Internet, and via the bars for little tow headed troglodytes to join.
And then there are the various confederate groups – which generally leave folks alone other than a few “rebel yells” in battlefield reenactments.
Here we have another group of Dylann Roof wannabes…Which need, once again to be tied to the rise in racist rhetoric of the right.
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) –
The FBI has arrested two men they say were plotting to bomb a church in order to start a “race war.”
Robert Doyle and Ronald Chaney “ascribe to a white supremacy version of the Asatru faith,” according to court documents. The FBI says Doyle held a meeting on September 27 at his Chesterfield home to discuss “shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues.” The FBI says several vehicles were present at the home on that day, including one registered to Chaney.
According to the FBI, Doyle and Chaney met with an undercover agent posing as an illegal arms dealer on October 25. The two allegedly ordered “an automatic weapon, explosives, and a pistol with a silencer.”
On November 8, the FBI says Chaney met with the undercover agent to make the purchase, and was placed under arrest. Doyle was arrested later that day.
The FBI also says the two men were plotting to rob and kill a local jewelry store dealer with the help of a third suspect, Charles Daniel Halderman. The FBI says they recorded meetings where Doyle outlined the plan, which included robbing an armored car and attacking a gun store owner in Virginia, in order to “purchase land, stockpile weapons, and train for the coming race war.”
Halderman was arrested on November 8 and charged with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery.
Once again we see the result of NRA and conservative media fearmongering…This woman needs minimally to have her Gun Permit pulled – and shouldn’t be a gun owner. Pulling a gun for no reason, and aiming it at a group of people, including a child is reason enough. She quite simply – isn’t psychologically stable enough to be allowed on the street with a gun.
And the guy wasn’t asking for a cigarette…He was asking for light for cigarettes he had just bought.
A 67-year-old Tennessee woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after drawing her gun on a black man authorities said posed no threat to her, WTVF-TV reported.
“I have never been so afraid of anything in my whole life I don’t think,” Sherry McLain said of the encounter in a Walmart parking lot last weekend. “This guy is the bad guy and I’m the one in handcuffs walking away.”
According to the Murfeesboro Daily News Journal, security footage shows 52-year-old James Crutchfield walking past McLain and turning toward her, but not behaving toward her in a threatening manner.
McLain has insisted that Crutchfield approached her even after she drew her handgun and told him to stop. But the footage actually shows him backing away from her with his hands up before approaching another woman, Diane Miller, and telling her to call the police before running into the store. WTVF reported that Crutchfield never got within 10 feet of McLain during the encounter.
Crutchfield told police that he had asked McLain if she had a cigarette lighter since he had just bought cigarettes in the store, only for her to brandish her weapon. The footage reportedly shows McLain lowering her gun after he got away from her, only to raise it again when Crutchfield approached Miller and a child.
Miller’s daughter, Keeley Benoit, corroborated the police’s account of the incident, saying that “the gun was being pointed at the three of them and [McLain] says, ‘I’m going to shoot you. I’m going to kill you.’”
McLain, who has a legal permit for the gun, faced a $15,000 bond and was also charged with reckless endangerment.
“What are we supposed to do if we can’t protect ourselves?” she asked. “I’m 67 years old.”
The media is now reporting that the Fox Lake Cop who committed suicide did so to escape justice. Not only had he been stealing money from a charity, but he had attempted to hire a local gang member to put out a “hit” on the guy auditing the charity’s finances. Cocaine was also found in his desk at work.
So with all of that “War on Cops” thing blowing up…let’s look at the long list of principally conservative racist types with egg on their faces blaming Black Lives Matter, and the mythical “War on Cops”…
We now know that Fox Lake, Illinois police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz killed himself in what local officials are calling a “carefully staged suicide,” likely to cover up the fact that he had been embezzling public funds for years. But in the days following Gliniewicz’s death, pundits, new outlets, and advocates quickly lumped his death in with that of Houston Dep. Darren Goforth to blame police critics, Black Lives Matter, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and just about anyone else who was
worried about police brutality for fostering and encouraging a “war on cops.”
We now know that not only was Gliniewicz’s death a suicide, but the man who killed Goforth, Shannon J. Miles, has a history of mentally illness, and oncenearly killed a man over an argument over what TV show to watch, but no connection to Black Lives Matter or any other anti-police brutality activist group.
Here’s a partial list of people and outlets who used Gliniewicz’s death to push a “war on cops” narrative:
Barack Obama, as chief law enforcement officer of the United States, is going to have to stop acting like a conscientious objector in this war on cops.
Wednesday, another officer, in Fox Lake, Illinois, Lt. Charles “GI Joe” Gliniewicz, was gunned down. Last Friday, Darren Goforth, a Houston deputy sheriff, was shot 15 times by an alleged black racist.
President Obama called the widow of Deputy Goforth, but he has yet to show the same indignation and outrage he exhibited at what happened to Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson.
Note that the man who killed Goforth was mentally ill, and not connected to Black Lives Matter. Moving on, here’s Ron Hosko, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, writing in USA Today:
In the wake of the execution-style murder of another law enforcement officer last Friday and with a manhunt underway near Chicago after the murder of yet another officer, renewed finger-pointing and incendiary actions threaten to widen the divide between the police and some in the communities they serve.
Police Chief Rodney Jones, in the San Bernadino County Sun:
Garcia’s arrest in Fontana underscored what Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones said was an uptick this year in people resisting arrest and fleeing from officers. Whether that was related to the increased scrutiny and fear of police was not clear, but Jones suspects there’s a connection.
“You can’t ignore the fact that the timing is consistent with the media coverage of what has occurred in Ferguson and in New York and in other cases. The timing is fairly consistent,” Jones said.
In the past month alone, four police officers or sheriff’s deputies were killed in the line of duty across the country, and at least one of the killings was a suspected execution.
On Sept. 1, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a 30-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois, was fatally shot in a marsh while chasing three people.
Around Fox Lake, residents expressed their own sorrow over the death of the immensely popular Gliniewicz.
‘This particular officer is a pillar in my community and definitely going to be missed, and (he) touched so many lives,’ said Gina Maria, a 40-year-old teacher who lives in the community.
Dozens gathered for hours along a street in the village to show their support for law enforcement officers.
Thirty-year-old Dan Raminick held a sign that said ‘Police Lives Matter.’ He lives a couple miles away and said officers came by Tuesday evening and thanked the crowd.
Caitlyn Kelly, a 22-year-old student, said she felt compelled to come out after other recent police shootings. She held a sign that said ‘Blue and Brave . . .
It Gliniewicz’s death comes just four days after Texas sheriff’s Deputy Darren H. Goforth was shot and killed while filling up gas in Harris County.
Sheriff Ron Hickman blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for the cold-blooded killing.
A motivation for the shooting in Illinois is not yet known.
Late last week, Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was gunned down at a Houston-area gas station. And then yesterday in northern Illinois, Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz was killed, sparking a manhunt for three suspects.
It’s against this backdrop that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apparently sees an opportunity: the far-right senator wants Americans to blame President Obama, among others, for the brutal gun violence.
“Cops across this country are feeling the assault,” Cruz told reporters after a town hall meeting in Milford, New Hampshire. “They’re feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see, whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all.”
Yesterday, Cruz went further, accusing the president of “silence” on the issue, which the senator described as “completely wrong” and a “manifestation of the divisiveness, the partisanship and of the hostility to law enforcement that has characterized the entire Obama administration.”
It has been more than 36 hours since the mysterious death of a police officer in Illinois. And despite having at least 100 investigators surging for Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz, and his killers, that is. Authorities appear to be nowhere close to catching them, multiple vigils for the man known as G.I. Joe, springing up, with the search for his killers now expanding. Investigators are going door to door, near the crime scene searching for suspects who were only described as two white males and one black male. Gliniewicz was shot early yesterday morning at their spotting, what he described as suspicious activity. Well Gliniewicz’s death comes just days after a Texas sheriff’s deputy was killed, execution style while pumping gasoline into his patrol car. A crime that is led to new complaints about the anti-police rhetoric, we have been hearing, in particular from some of the Black Lives Matter protests, but law enforcement officials are not the only ones questioning the movement now.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, on Fox News:
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said on “The Kelly File” tonight that President Obama has an obligation to speak out against the anti-police rhetoric that is coming from groups like Black Lives Matter.
Clarke pointed out that Obama’s comments following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson breathed life into the Black Lives Matter movement.
“He’s got an obligation to come out now and walk some of this back, remind people of the important role that law enforcement officers play, and no longer will this anti-cop madness, this anti-cop slime, be tolerated,” Clarke said.
“We know the political class, including the president, have turned their back on us, and we’re kind of out here alone now,” Clarke added.
He said that even though many law enforcement officers don’t feel supported by the president or the attorney general, they are still going to serve their communities.
Clarke pointed to the tragic death of Fox Lake Police Department Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who was shot in the line of duty just 30 days before his retirement.
And another police officer, Lt. Joe Gliniewicz of Fox Lake, Illinois,was found shot to death Tuesday morning, the latest law enforcement officer to become a murder victim this year.
A recent poll finds a majority of voters believe there is a “war” on police officers and that comments by politicians critical of law enforcement are making it more difficult for cops to do their job.
Peterson blames much of the violence on Black Lives Matter itself. And he has harsh words for Democratic politicians who have been looking to appeal to the group.
“Black Lives Matter is not a mainstream group, and no legitimate political party should be associated with them,” he said. “If a party is known to be affiliated with Black Lives Matter, that group should be shunned for associating with a group that is akin to the KKK and the skinheads.”
“Tell me again it isn’t open season on cops #BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter,” tweeted author and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich hours after Gliniewicz was found, stripped of his gun and pepper spray, in a marshy area of Fox Lake early Tuesday.
John Kass, Town Hall:
The killing of Fox Lake, Illinois, police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz had nothing to do with our hashtag politics about which lives matter.
Gliniewicz, whose body was found in a marshy area near Fox Lake, was just a cop who’d been doing his job.
And there isn’t a police family in America that didn’t take note of what happened in Fox Lake, just as they took notice last week when Harris County, Texas, Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was shot and killed in an ambush while pumping gas into his patrol car.
“You want to consider the facts and take the politics out of it, but if you’re police or from a police family, you can’t help but thinking that it’s open season on us,” said longtime Chicago police Lt. Joseph Schmit, who has two sons on the job.
“This is the president’s problem, because he has not allowed law and order to be the rule of the day in the United States. Lawlessness has been the rule of the day,” Christie said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” after the hosts recounted recent killings of police officers in Illinois and Texas, and another shooting in Nevada over the weekend. “And now the president says little or nothing about these police officers that are being hunted.”
WAR ON COPS: OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED IN CHICAGO SUBURB
Is the murder of the Illinois police officer another violent result of the Black Lives Matter movement which promotes the killing of cops and encourages more racial division across the country?
The death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a father of four and an Army veteran known as “G.I. Joe,” here Tuesday marked the fourth fatal shooting of a law enforcement officer nationwide in the past two weeks. Although the overall number of on-duty deaths is down from last year, the rash of killings is fueling a new debate over the risks of being a police officer in the post-Ferguson era of anti-police protests.
“It’s a trifecta” that officers are facing, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police. “There’s a hostile element within the community at large. There’s in many incidences a lack of support on the part of elected officials and police management. And there’s this ubiquitous social-media effort to discredit all police officers because of the extraordinarily rare misconduct by a very few.”
While the news of GI Joe’s death broke nationwide on Tuesday, Sept. 1, Fox’s resident quack doctor Keith Ablow sat on the set of the network’s “Outnumbered” show and lamented how the president has “inflamed racial discord in this country and put a target on the backs of American police officers,” using the recent murder of a Texas deputy at a gas station as a jumping-off point.
“This is not the only incident of this,” conservative firebrand Andrea Tantaros interrupted, teeing up co-host Sandra Smith to introduce the Fox Lake incident. “This is happening time and time again,” Fox & Friends First’s Ainsley Earhardt chimed in. “This is a dangerous place for the country to be,” Liz MacDonald fretted before Tantaros pivoted back to the role of Black Lives Matter rhetoric in cop slayings.
Hours later, primetime star anchor Megyn Kelly interviewed Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke — an all-too-frequent Fox guest who seems to spend more time bashing black activists on TV than actually, you know…sheriffing. Clarke willfully linked Gliniewicz’s death to how President Obama has “breathed life into this anti-cop sentiment” with his “inflammatory rhetoric.”
That same evening, a cocksure Clarke told Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs that he has been to Fox Lake and knows that Gliniewicz is one of the town’s “finest,” gunned down while “engaged in self-initiative policing, the best policing there is.” He added: “War has been declared on the American police officer.” On Twitter, the lawman continued: “Time to take to the streets to counter Black LIES Matter. Fox Lake, Illinois.”
And on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 5, Eric Bolling used his weekly “Cashin’ In” monologue (titled “Wake Up, America!”) to connect Gliniewicz being “blown away in cold blood” to a “crisis” of law enforcement officers being killed, in part because President Obama has failed to publicly state that “Blue Lives Matter.”
So far, 33 police officers have been killed by gunfire this year, a 23 percent decrease from last year, and still on a pace to make 2015 the second safest year for police in at least half a century. And even that 33 figure includes Gliniewicz, and two officers who were accidentally shot, either by themselves or by another officer.
Starting about 15 years ago, something surprising happened. Mortality rates for whites began to rise, even though mortality rates for all other races and ethnic groups continued to decline. Some psychologists believe it is a s a result of stress due to the loss of jobs, ability to earn a living, and future insecurity. A lot of the same elements driving the conservative sect into the sort of reality dysfunction as we see on Faux News and obvious lies from conservative pundits and politicians and incessant fear mongering. For example this recent whopper by Sean Hannity, that President Obama had approved “250,000 Syrian immigrants a year” (AKA “evil Muslims” to tear down fragile conservative christianity). And because less than 1% of the Faux News audience is black, black folks just don’t feel the need to go out and jump off a tall bridge, despite higher unemployment.
Researchers on Monday released the results of a statistical survey showing a striking increase in the death rates of white, middle-aged Americans who have less than a college education. The researchers didn’t draw any hard conclusions as to the reasons for the spike (“This paper really is a question, not an answer,” one observer told theWashington Post), but they offered a couple of speculations. Economic forces are likely at least partly to blame, they said.
Between 1999 and 2013, white men and women ages 45-54 saw their mortality rate increase by a half-percent per year, reversing decades of improvements up until that time. The main causes were suicide and the use of alcohol and drugs (both legal and illegal), according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The paper was authored by Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel laureate in Economics, and his economics-professor wife, Anne Case. Both are professors at Princeton University.
The increase equates to about 500,000 additional deaths in all.
The rise is all the more striking given that in nearly all advanced countries, death rates for most groups have been falling , as people have quit smoking and as medical care has improved.
Substance abuse plays role
Blacks, Hispanics, younger whites, and more educated whites in the United States all continued to see their death rates fall, according to the paper, though mortality is still higher among blacks than among whites.
Researchers pointed in particular to the rise of heroin use in recent years, nearly all of which happened among white people.
A disproportionate number of people in the demographic that suffered the spike reported feeling more pain, both physical and psychological. That usually comes with a rise in alcohol and drug use.
What about the economy?
How attributable is the problem to economic forces? It’s impossible to know for sure without more study, but the paper’s authors themselves speculated that the economic crisis of 2008 might have been a major factor.
And indeed, it might well go back further than that. Earlier studies have noted alarming increases in the suicide rates among middle-aged Americans, which researchers have attributed at least partly to economic troubles. As for working-class whites, one need only look at the comments section under any political news story (and many non-political ones) to see that many of them, whether legitimately or not, are feeling, as a group, economically displaced and socially marginalized. Disruptions caused by the outsourcing of jobs overseas, falling representation by labor unions, stagnant wages, and falling demand for unskilled and semi-skilled labor might be taking their toll on their physical and psychological well being.
Ergo – Spending way too much time watching and absorbing fear mongering by Faux News about minorities – and way too little time ‘fessing up to the addiction problems with prescription meds, Meth, and Heroin, allowing these drugs to make massive inroads into the community.
Watch Faux News and die…Literally.