Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Mayor Eric Adams, who had called white people “crackers”, claimed that he needed his brother to head his security because of an “increase in white supremacy” in New York City.
The New York City Board of Health falsely claimed that racism was a “public health crisis” and a public school told parents to abolish their “whiteness”.
After all that time battling white supremacy, which is as easy to find in the city as good manners and parking spaces, the black supremacist subway terror attack came out of the blue.
29 people were wounded, including a pregnant woman and a 12-year-old, when Frank James, a racist gunman, opened fire on a Brooklyn subway train. James was a racial supremacist, but not the one that New York City’s political establishment had spent so much time searching for.
James was just “abolishing whiteness” by putting critical race theory into practice.
The black supremacist mass shooter has been charged with terrorism for a carefully planned terror attack, that included dressing up as a construction worker, deploying a smoke bomb and then opening fire. The racist terrorist’s victims included a pregnant woman, and a number of children and teenagers, some of whom were shot several times by the black supremacist.
Like the black supremacist Jersey City terrorists, James used a U-Haul as a base and was convinced that black people were being victimized.
“These white motherf—–s, this is what they do,” James had ranted in his YouTube videos while claiming that white people were plotting to kill all black people. “It’s just a matter of time before these white motherf—–s decide, ‘Hey listen. Enough is enough. These n—ers got to go.’”
“And so the message to me is: I should have gotten a gun, and just started shooting motherf—–s.”
And indeed that is allegedly what James did.
An initial survey of photos from the scene appear to show wounded white, Latino, and Asian victims, but no black people, suggesting that the terrorist may have targeted people by race.
Where could James have gotten his racist ideas from? While notions such as white replacement by minorities are denounced as dangerous racist conspiracy theories, the inverse, conspiracy theories that claim white people are going to launch a black genocide are mainstream.
The Black Lives Matter protests were accompanied by false claims that police shootings of black men represent genocide. Every policy, from locking up violent criminals to merit-based college admissions, is not just denounced as racist, but as the new slavery and genocide.
A Democrat political candidate even claimed that, “The Banning of Critical Race Theory is an Act of Genocide.”
When everything you don’t like is genocide, it becomes a lot easier to kill. In the mind of the subway terrorist, he may well have been acting in self-defense against a vast conspiracy of whiteness which, any day now, was just going to kill black people like, in his own words, “cattle waiting to be taken to the slaughter.” Instead the people on the subway became his cattle.
When even Pizza Hut distributes flyers to teachers encouraging them to indoctrinate their students to believe that “America is a country built on a foundation of slavery, genocide, and white supremacy”, what exactly do you expect from your friendly local racist gunman?
“America is going to come to an end,” James insisted in one of his videos, arguing that the country represented the vision of “a handful of Europeans” and that black and white people were as incompatible as different families of monkeys and whales, and could not co-exist.
Or as National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, the 9/11 firefighters and police officers “were not human to me” indicating there’s a thin line between literary awards and shooting people on the N train. Crossing the thin line involves taking their rhetoric seriously.
The incompatibility of black and white people, an idea once reserved for the margins where black and white supremacists resided, has been aggressively mainstreamed with racially segregated campus events and employee groups in corporate offices. HR and DEI offices recirculate claims that every form of professional office behavior is evil racist whiteness.
Beliefs that were marginal a generation ago are now being taught in colleges and schools.
James just put them into action. Critical race theory insists that white people are innately evil oppressors. If its proponents really believe that, why aren’t they shooting white people too?
Or, as Nikole Hannah-Jones, the originator of the racial revisionist 1619 Project hoax raved, “the white race is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world” who continues to “pump drugs and guns into the Balck (sic) community, pack Black people into the squalor of segregated urban ghettos and continue to be bloodsuckers in our communities.”
If you believe that sort of thing is true, why not act on it?
The language of civil rights has long since been eclipsed by the hysterical language of racism and the institutions, public and private, pushing racism and racial supremacism also deny that mainstreaming racism could possibly have any negative consequences. Instead Senator Cory Booker and Kamala Harris actually worked to dismantle FBI monitoring of black supremacists.
The rising wave of racist attacks in New York City, primarily against Asians and Jews, was met with failed efforts to blame President Trump even though the perpetrators were mostly black.
Instead of reckoning with the reality and the consequences of racist propaganda, New York City, like other woke cities, remained obsessed with white supremacy. While serious white supremacist attacks have happened elsewhere in the country, the Big Apple is not a likely venue for any such attacks. City and state officials who spent all their time warning about white supremacy were disregarding the more likely sources of violence like that of Frank James.
Almost 30 years ago, Colin Ferguson had opened fire on a Long Island Railroad train. In his notebook were a series of racist rants about white people and Asians. His lawyers famously blamed “black rage” claiming that the experience of racism made the killer lose control.
Ferguson and James are familiar characters in the crazed pantheon of urban life. Every New Yorker passes by them on the daily commute, looking away from the mumbling men obsessed with a world only they can see, orbiting their victimhood, until they finally fall and lash out with a knife or a gun. And people bleed in subways and on sidewalks while the news cameras roll.
Maybe both black supremacist monsters would have pulled the trigger even if there weren’t an entire industry making millions by propping up their racist fantasies.
Or maybe not.
There’s been a long list of black supremacist killers in the BLM era from Micah X. Johnson, who killed 5 Dallas cops, Kori Ali Muhammad’s murder of 4 people in Fresno, and Darrell Edward Brooks Jr. who ran over women and children at the Waukesha Christmas parade. It would be absurd to pretend that the mainstreaming of black supremacism did not play a role in that.
New York City’s leaders needed to spend less time babbling about white supremacy and more time reckoning with the racist black supremacist terrorists who are walking among them.
Before the next black supremacist terrorist attack takes place.