Yesterday it was “out of wedlock child birth, divorce, single parent homes and abortion;” today it’s “Black people, frankly.”
In an Around the Block post last week, America may be broken beyond repair, the featured photo I chose was a screen shot from a campaign ad from Blake Masters, a man running for the Republican nomination for Senate from Arizona. If Masters becomes the GOP candidate, he will challenge the incumbent Democrat, Mark Kelly.
Here’s what I wrote, courtesy of the New York Times Michelle Goldberg.
In an ad released last year, Blake Masters, a leading candidate in Arizona’s Republican Senate primary, cradles a semiautomatic weapon. “This is a short-barreled rifle,” he said, ominous music playing in the background. “It wasn’t designed for hunting. This is designed to kill people.”
If you actually clicked on the link to the ad, you’d see that Masters went on to say, “…but if you’re not a bad guy, I support your right to own one.”
Particularly after the events of the last several weeks.
As I write this on a Monday, a headline today read:
At least 12 dead in another weekend of mass shootings across America
The article went on to detail attacks in Philadelphia and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
But despite the carnage caused by the inability of this country to control guns, Blake Masters won’t shut-up! Here’s his latest outrage:
“Tech investor and Arizona Republican Senate hopeful Blake Masters acknowledges that the United States has a gun violence problem. But he also has a theory about why there’s a problem—it’s “Black people, frankly.”
Yes, you read that correctly. A Republican candidate for the United States Senate is blaming the unrelenting gun violence at schools, at supermarkets, at houses of worship and on the streets of America…on “Black people, frankly.”
Now just to be clear, all the facts are not in, but based on preliminary information, in the majority of the recent mass shootings the perpetrator was not Black.
In fact, according to Statista, between 1982 and June 2022 there were 129 documented mass shootings in the United States. Of those, 68 (53%) were done by White shooters; 21 (16%) by Blacks.
Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and June 2022, by shooter’s race or ethnicity
Not suprisingly, facts doesn’t seem to bother people like Masters.
According to Yahoo News, “it was unclear why Masters—who has pushed the baseless ‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory narrative—felt compelled to single out Black people.” And frankly, I don’t have the time or stomach to list all Masters other outrageous statements, theories and lies. Suffice it to say, at least for some of us, candidates like the Stanford-educated Masters, who was recently endorsed by the ever reliable Donald Trump, are scary beyond comprehension.
The only good news is that in a field of five GOP candidates, Masters is running third, 5-6 points below the leaders. And in current head-to-head polling, incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly is running 4-10 points ahead of any of the Republicans.
Having said that, Masters is still garnering 20% of the Republican vote in this primary. Based on what you now know about this man, I ask you, “How do you feel about our great country when your fellow citizens continue to vote for people like Blake Masters?