“…and then when all those poor kids were mowed down in Parkland, and President Obama tearfully demanded new gun legislation and reform; those Republicans blocked him yet again? From then and there, I was like, “Fuck these motherfuckers!” – Larry Wilmore
‘Lovett or Leave It’ – August 2019, podcast
( Bam! I’ve been saying this since I was a teenager. )
Why does the United States refuse to pass new gun control laws? It’s the question that people around the world keep asking.
According to Dr Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist and sociologist at Vanderbilt University, white supremacy is the key to understanding America’s gun debate. In his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland, Metzl argues that the intensity and polarization of the US gun debate makes much more sense when understood in the context of whiteness and white privilege.