vester lee flanagan
America is a revenge culture: Revenge the television series, revenge porn, revenge games in sports...vengeance is a mainstay of foreign policy and a thematic obsession for film, television, and female pop-musicians.
Surely there are children who saw the screenshots from the cover of the New York Daily News, and are asking their parents tough questions this week. But their curiosity and questioning should not make us afraid.
As we mourn the dead and remember the innocent lives taken by Williams, we also need to be careful not to let one man's drastic actions allow us to ignore those who speak out about racism, homophobia, and other types of bigotry.
Joe Little of ABC Channel 10 News in San Diego had it right. He saw no need for media analysis when it came to Vester Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, who murdered two people and injured a third on air as his camera rolled. He quickly sent the footage to social media.
The scary truth behind American gun violence? It's on all of us.