In my last video (Light Over Heat #21), I commented on guns and race, racism, and white supremacy in the wake of the Buffalo mass murder. The comments I received, even the critical ones, were generally very respectful and constructive. Given the name and mission of my YouTube channel — “Light Over Heat” — I appreciate this very much.
The comments also got me thinking about the value of diversity (political, cultural, social, intellectual) in exposing us to people and ideas different from our own. From these differences can come greater understanding.
Getting into gun culture has exposed me to more intellectual diversity than if I had just stayed in my bright blue sociology bubble. In this week’s video, I talk about some of the ways I have come to see the issues raised by the Buffalo mass murder differently.
Documentation for some of the things I mention this week: Michael Bane on monsters rising to the bait from his 17 May 2022 podcast. The Anti-Defamation League’s investigation into the Waukesha Christmas parade killer’s hateful online posts, as well as the ADL’s reporting on the exploitation of Waukesha by white supremacists. The Southern Poverty Law Center on New Black Panther Party as an anti-white, anti-Semitic hate group and on the Radical (Black) Hebrew Israelites.
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