The authors, identical twin sisters called Charlotte and Harriet Childress, “are researchers and consultants on social and political issues,” whatever that means, according to their Post shirttail bio. They have a book called “Clueless at the Top,” which is not an autobiography but a meditation “on outdated hierarchies in American culture,” whatever that means. Their website informs visitors that the twins “received close to a million dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation.”
The NSF is a federal agency, so your tax dollars have subsidized the authors of what can only be described as a racist rant. Here’s the opening:
Imagine if African American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we’d have political debates demanding that African Americans be “held accountable.” Then, if an atrocity such as the Newtown, Conn., shootings took place and African American male leaders held a news conference to offer solutions, their credibility would be questionable. The public would tell these leaders that they need to focus on problems in their own culture and communities.
But when the criminals and leaders are white men, race and gender become the elephant in the room.
Nearly all of the mass shootings in this country in recent years–not just Newtown, Aurora, Fort Hood, Tucson and Columbine–have been committed by white men and boys. Yet when the National Rifle Association (NRA), led by white men, held a news conference after the Newtown massacre to advise Americans on how to reduce gun violence, its leaders’ opinions were widely discussed.
There is so much wrong with this, we could write a column about it. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what we are doing even as we type.
To begin with, while it’s true that all but a few mass murderers have been men, the twins cherry-pick their examples and simply ignore nonwhite killers. They leave out Colin Ferguson, the black man who opened fire in a Long Island Rail Road train in 1993, killing 6 and wounding 19. “He had a number of problems in his life, and every problem he was involved in he attached some racial motivation to the person and institution he was dealing with, regardless of their race,” detective Mel Kenny of the Nassau County Police told the New York Times.