Let’s just get this out of the way.
White people are racist. All white people all the time. If there’s any case ever of a white person not being racist, it’s probably because he’s racist.
Are you white? Do you pay attention to black murderers? It must be because you’re racist? Wait, you don’t pay attention to black murderers? It’s because you’re racist. Why aren’t you paying attention to black murderers? You racist.
We’ve moved on, apparently. Barely 48 hours after a gunman murdered 12 people and injured others in another U.S. bloodbath, the national news media had other things on their minds.
Some of the mystery of the crime — if there’s any “mystery” in the shattered logic of a deranged mind — died with the alleged shooter, Aaron Alexis. He will have no perp walk, no long and agonizing court trial. He appears not to have been an ideologue or a terrorist. He was a young man with demons and guns; we have seen his kind before, in Jared Loughner, James Holmes, John Hinckley and other infamous shooters.
He was also African American, and this apparently matters, says eminent criminologist James Alan Fox.
“It’s not nice to say it, but white America tends to be more intrigued about the minds and motives of white murderers,” said Fox, who is a professor at Northeastern University. “There have been black [mass shooters], but it’s hard to remember who they are. The D.C. sniper is an exception.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have achieved Catch 22 Racism.
There aren’t actually that many black mass shooters, but recently Omar Thornton comes to mind. Why aren’t we discussing Omar?
“He said, ‘I killed the five racists that was there bothering me,’” said Will Holliday, Thornton’s uncle. “