Most commentators have not sunk to the depths of depravity some rightwing pundits have, who claimed argued the recent church massacre wasn’t racially motivated, but an attack on religious freedom. Because when the killer told one of church members, “You rape our women, and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go”, I doubt he was referring to Methodists (Arminianism just gets people all het up I suppose). Friends of his have stated he was a racist.
What this is not is insanity, any more than any number of lynchings or murders were ‘insane.’ When three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi, no one thought mental illness was involved. Nor was it seen as some outlier, something completely alien to the culture. We used to, at least, recognize this inhumanity for what it is, the bitter, evil fruits of racist ideology.
For most racists never murdered. In the segregation era, many simply wanted to ignore the apartheid state they created (and benefited from). If they became too noticeable or unpleasant, they wanted some police force to ‘calm things down.’ Since that usually happened in those neighborhoods, it was all too easy to ignore the boot, the jack, and the fist.
Lots of people believe stupid, irrational, and foolish things, things they know yet are not true. Thankfully, they do not lead most people to murder. They still can be quite prevalent, and quite pernicious.