Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sherpa: Once Again, the Call Goes out for One-Sided Dialogue

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sherpa: Once Again, the Call Goes out for One-Sided Dialogue

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Goodness, yet another national call for a national dialogue on a national problem.

The repulsive massacre in Charleston, S.C., in which nine black people were killed in the coldest of blood as they conducted a Bible study, has some observers demanding that a discussion be held. About what, you ask? Well, that's a good question.

If you read some prevailing views, the subject that needs to be discussed is how we can stop hatred. Good plan, if we truly believe this is the special generation that will erase millennia of history and eradicate hate, an all-too-human activity cutting across every demographic.

At the risk of being criticized for being realistic, I don't believe all the facts have been gathered about the suspected killer, Dylann Roof. One would think those are needed before we have that crucial national discussion. But some experts have erased the inconvenience of ignorance by declaring what the core problems are and then demanding that the conversation begin at one of those handy talking points.

The beleaguered cry heard from some pundits including the overwrought Jon Stewart, our latest standup comic turned political expert is an indignant observation about how we never label white killers as terrorists, but only people of color, and how we "won't do jack" about mass shootings.

(Actually, I have a basically airtight solution to gun violence, a plan to "do something," if you will, and all it requires is the outright violation of three or four constitutional rights. But as long as it's for a good cause, right?)

These calls for dialogue make me wonder if we all are suffering chronic hand-cramping from trying so hard to shape the narrative of recent events. Apparently, we didn't learn anything from Ferguson, when people clung to the "hands up, don't shoot" narrative even after the Obama administration (via the Justice Department) and the Washington Post (via an editorial writer) forced us to concede it wasn't true. …

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