At this point, we’d be more surprised to not see an awful take from Slate. And yet, somehow, we’re still amazed by this one on the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch:

Rachel Withers writes:

Who is responsible for the terrorist attack that killed at least 50 New Zealanders as they prayed in their mosques? Looked at one way, the answer is simple: The shooter alone bears the guilt for his crimes. But the picture is wider than that.

No, it’s really not. But Rachel’s hellbent on implicating a lot more people than the shooter. Namely, “all white Australians.”

So why do I feel so guilty? And why am I so angry not just at the obvious targets, but at my country?

Could it be because you’re demented and self-loathing? Actually, yes:

I’m a white Australian. I know that blaming myself and my cohort is illogical, but I can’t escape the feeling that all of white Australia is implicated in the deaths—a white majority that has fomented and let foment hate. Though he may have labeled himself a European, [the shooter] was an Aussie through and through, growing up in a country town north of Sydney, steeped in mainstream Australian racism and our particular national brand of Islamophobia. He grew up in the same Murdoch-controlled mass media environment that the rest of us did—one that recently trashed Islam 2,891 times in a single year—and under the same governments, with prime ministers who have repeatedly stoked anti-Muslim sentiment for votes, with one major party making it central to their electoral strategy.

You might think that this is all too strong, that placing at least some of the blame on white Australia is a kind of self-centered masochism, that blaming a nation’s culture for the sins of a citizen is like blaming humanity for the crimes of one man. But it’s better than the alternative, of saying “#notallAustralians” and looking the other way, thinking, well, there’s nothing I can do.

White Australians may not be strictly answerable for [the shooter’s] crime, but we have some big questions to ask ourselves. If you’re an Australian and reading this makes you feel defensive, you should ask them now.

If Rachel wants to self-flagellate for crimes someone else committed, that’s her prerogative. But to suggest that this is a “white Australian” problem is incredibly disingenuous. Not to mention seriously messed up.

It most certainly is not.

Rachel hates herself. And she’s taking it out on people who did nothing wrong.