Target: Todd Kincannon
Goal: Demand that a man apologize to the families of the UC Santa Barbara shooting victims for offensive comments on social media
Todd Kincannon is the chairman of the Simpsonville, South Carolina Election Commission and a former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party. He is already well-known for his offensive and misogynistic commentary, but has crossed a line with his recent social media post about the victims of the University of California Santa Barbara shooting. The tweet, from Kincannon’s own personal Twitter account, reads:
“No idea how my son will die, but I know it won’t be cowering like a bitch at UC Santa Barbara. Any son of mine would have been shooting back.”
This would be an offensive statement at any time, but being written in the wake of such an immense tragedy raises it to the height of abhorrence. The depth of hatred revealed by this comment is a testament to the power of the culture of misogyny that contributed to the tragedy in the first place.
Kincannon’s history of aggression toward women who disagree with him only heightens the need for an acknowledgement on his part of the appalling nature of this remark. Let him know that basic human decency and our culture of respect for the deceased demands a sincere and public apology for a transgression of this magnitude.
Dear Mr. Kincannon,
Your recent Twitter remarks regarding the victims of the UC Santa Barbara shooting are shockingly insensitive and depraved. Innocent lives were lost, and whether the violence could have been stopped or stemmed is irrelevant to the respect that is owed to those who died. Especially in light of the killer’s own stated motives with regard to women, your use of such a female-specific derogatory obscenity is only contributing to the culture of misogyny that fueled this senseless act of violence in the first place.
Such disregard for the sanctity of life and the unimaginable sorrow of loss is the mark of a person entirely without empathy or humanity. Your sincere and public apology to the families of the victims would only be the beginning of what decency demands to make amends for your abhorrent actions.
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