Legendary TV personality Oprah Winfrey was recently asked why deadly shootings like the ones in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, happen, and her answer hit the nail on the head.
Winfrey told “Extra” host Renee Bargh, who asked her for the “answer/solution” to these horrific massacres, “I think what people are missing is a core moral center. Churches used to do that.”
She further elaborated about church, “It was a central place you could come to and there was a core center of values about a way of living and a way of being in the world,”.
The 65-year-old Winfrey went on to say, until Americans embrace a moral center, “we will continue to be lost.”
Hate crime seems to be on the rise in the USA. A new report published by California State University at Santa Barbara shows that 2018 saw a national rise in hate crimes, and that almost all extremist homicides were carried out by the far right.
Hate crimes rose 9% to a decade high of 2,009 in 30 US cities surveyed for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism (CSHE), headquartered at California State University at Santa Barbara.
This can be seen in the recent attacks aimed at ethnic minorities all across the USA. Just recently, the suspect accused of killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, has confessed that he was targeting “Mexicans”, say US media.
An arrest report obtained by some news outlets sheds light on his arrest and his interviews while in police custody.
Officials believe the alleged gunman, Patrick Crusius, is the author of an online post decrying Hispanic migrants.
The shooting came just hours before another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.
The two incidents have prompted a national debate about gun laws, with Republicans indicating they may be open to tightening background checks on buyers.
Federal officials say they are considering hate crime charges against Mr Crusius, who could face the death penalty if found guilty of the mass murder.
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