June 22, 2015
Jim Goad on Charleston: A Racial Fort Sumter?
Jim Goad writes:
Finally—after years of what seemed like an endless string of hate-crime hoaxes and other overblown cases where a fabricated or trumped-up white-on-black race-hate angle turned out to be dubious or nonexistent—America appears to have a genuine, bona fide white-on-black mass murder inspired by racial hatred on its hands.
This incident might be the one that, as the blacks are fond of saying, takes it to that other level. (…)
When I heard about last Wednesday’s spree, I thought of the 2010’s Hartford Distributors shooting, wherein Omar Thornton, a black former employee of a beer distribution company, shot eight white former coworkers to death before killing himself. Thornton’s white girlfriend would claim that he’d been taunted with racial epithets while at work, although even the nonwhite employees at the company denied that any such events ever occurred.
As with last week’s Charleston shooting, racial animus appeared to be a motivating factor for Thornton. The main difference is that you’ve likely never heard of Omar Thornton, while you are already painfully aware of Dylann Roof.
That is no coincidence. I’d even suggest it’s by design. (…)
This creates unnecessary resentment on both sides. Blacks get the false impression that they’re being disproportionately murdered by whites—rather than, you know, other blacks. And many whites who’ve been victimized by black violence feel that either no one believes them, no one cares about them, or that everyone feels that they deserved it anyway because of, you know, history and stuff.