Follow Friday: Shooting at Sikh Temple, Romney's VP Pick, and the London Olympics

Friday, August 10, 2012

Authorities have closed the crime scene in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Documentary filmmaker Valarie Kaur is following the aftermath of the Sikh Temple shooting, and was with the community yesterday morning when members entered the temple for the first time since the shooting. 

"There was blood on the carpet, there were bullet holes in the wall," Kaur says. "This is a sacred space, so this was hard for people. But I watched, and in seconds — there was no time for paralysis — people launched into fierce, organized action — scrubbing floors, painting over bullet holes, repairing broken windows, all preparing to receive the public today." 

It has been decided that a single bullet hole will be left in the main door of the temple, to serve as a reminder of the fallen Sikhs. 

Farai Chideya, distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute, takes issue with the media's portrayal of shooter Wade Michael Page as a lone wolf. While all reports indicate that the gunman acted alone, Chideya says that the white supremacist movement is much more than that. 

"Although people may go out and shoot alone, there is a very large, organized hate movement," she says. "I think we need to stop thinking of people in the hate movement as lone rangers." She has reported on hate groups throughout her career, and has found that there is an entire "economic system" behind the white supremacist movement. 

"There are fundraisers, barbecues, [and] memorabilia," she says. "This is an industry, [and] so I would like to think of this as part of a reframing of how hate movements in America operate. They're not necessarily large in numbers, but the groups that exist are well-organized and well-funded, and I think that's something that has to be talked about." 

Meanwhile, in London, BBC correspondent Rob Broomby wraps up the second week of the Olympics, where the focus has been on Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. Bolt became the first man to ever win consecutive gold medals in both the 100 meter and 200 meter races.

Broomby reflects on the overall success of the Games so far, especially after the widespread criticism of the Britons' struggles to prepare. "On this occasion, it feels like people talked up the catastrophes, and then enjoyed the party," he says. "I think people have really, really got into the spirit of it. 

Nowhere has that spirit been more apparent than in the cheers of the spectators in stadiums across London. "Everybody has been clapped, everyone has been applauded, every national anthem has been saluted," Broomby says. "Of course, the roar is always ten times louder for the Brits." 

Guests:

Rob Broomby, Farai Chideya and Valarie Kaur

Produced by:

Robert Balint

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