Repeat after me Republicans: RACISM.

Question: Why did you come to our church tonight, Mister Roof?

Answer: To shoot black people.

Okay, fair enough. Hey E.W. Jackson, why do you think Dylann Roof just shot all those black people?

“There does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians in this country because of our biblical views.”

No, it was racism. Racism is the correct answer. Rick Santorum? What’s the reason all those folks just got killed in South Carolina?

“We’re now seeing assaults on religious liberty we’ve never seen before.”

That’s not even close. It was because of racism. I don’t know why this is so hard for you people. Lindsey Graham? Why are there so many dead people in a Charleston church?

“It’s 2015, there are people out there looking for Christians, to kill them,” Graham added. “This is a mean time we live in.”

Oh please. It’s like a scene out of The Miracle Worker: RACISM. THE WORD IS RACISM. I don’t want to put my fingers in your mouth.

And in this way yesterday…did the flailing Republicans go on, unable to make their jaws align with their tongues, or hearts, to form somehow the forbidden word: Racism. The word whose name must not be spoken, especially when there are Dead People everywhere. But then it’s been another 24 hours, after the tragedy, and of course they are all feeling better now. Surely their mouths can finally manage to emit the vexatious idiom today, somehow.

Right Rick Perry? The shooting deaths of nine black parishioners in Charleston South Carolina was

…an “accident” that was possibly caused by the over-prescription of medication.

…was racism. What the hell, Rick? When an angry white disciple of Apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia walks into an African-American church and shoots the place up, then it’s…

“…that these individuals have been medicated and there may be a real issue in this country from the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used.”

No. Then it’s…racism. Such a small word, so many difficulties. Let’s take a shot at this with Jeb Bush. Jeb? When a white supremacist vows to take vengeance on African Americans because “…you’ve raped our women, and you are taking over the country”, the reason he shows up in the middle of a black congregation with a Glock 41 in his hand is…

“They were praying. They were learning and studying the word of the Lord,” Bush said. “In times like these, in times of great of national mourning, people of faith, all of us must come together and at least reflect on this and fortify our strength and love of Christ, love of God to be able to continue to go forth.”

Oh please. He’s waving a gun around because racism. Racism, it’s the reason for the season. Do you really not know what’s going on here?

“I don’t know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes…”

Seriously? What do you think was on Dylann’s mind when he said “…blacks were taking over the world, [and] someone needed to do something about it for the white race.” What does that turn of phrase suggest to you? When an armed white man tells a group of black people he only dropped by “To shoot black people,” and then he shoots the black people, you’re not quite sure why it happened? You’re still trying to get your head around it? Why not just say “It’s racism”?

“I don’t know. Looks like to me it was, but we’ll find out all the information…Nine people lost their lives, and they were African-American. You can judge what it is.”

Sure, what it is. RACISM. It’s racism.