The Race To Focus On Race

What happens when the narrative outpaces the truth?

Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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If you’ve been anywhere near a screen in the past week, you’ve probably heard that on March 16th, a man named Robert Long attacked two massage parlours in Atlanta, killing eight people and seriously injuring another. You’ve also likely heard that six of the eight victims were Asian women. And if you’ve heard that much, you’ve almost certainly heard that the shootings were racially motivated.

In the days following the attack, news outlets published a string of reports blaming Long’s actions on racism. Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, made the case more explicitly than most in a viral video:

“…The Atlanta shooter blamed a specific race of people for his problems and then murdered them because of it. If that’s not racism, then the word has no meaning.”

There’s no arguing with Noah’s logic here. The problem is, what he’s saying isn’t true. Long didn’t blame a specific race for his problems. Instead, as far as anybody currently knows, he attacked the massage parlours because he saw them as an outlet for a sexual addiction that was causing him to “fall out of God’s grace”. Long was specifically asked whether the attack was racially motivated and said no. But we have more than his word to go on.

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Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Race. Politics. Culture. Sometimes other things. Almost always polite. Find more at https://steveqj.substack.com