“A joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant,” AP reported Sunday, “as an SUV sped through barricades and into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40 others.” A suspect was quickly taken into custody: Darrell E. Brooks, 39, a serial felon with the proverbial record as long as your arm, including arrests for Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, Recklessly Endangering Safety, Domestic Abuse, Disorderly Conduct, and Battery. As bad as his record is, however, nothing in it approaches the sheer horror of what he did on Sunday, an act that many are saying was intended to be revenge for the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. If that turns out to be true, the responsibility for Darrell Brooks’ murderous act must be placed squarely at the feet of the establishment media.
It is not certain that Brooks intended his act as revenge for Rittenhouse’s acquittal, although he did post about the verdict on Facebook just after being freed on $1,000 cash bail on November 19. He was in jail, by the way, for running over a woman with his car. Brooks’ post just noted the verdict; when a commenter responded, “Doesn’t surprise me, what a joke,” Brooks replied: “frfr…but u rite,I wasn’t surprised 1 bit.”
Brooks has also posted in support of Black Lives Matter and George Floyd, and in 2016, he posted a graphic on Facebook labeled “White Privilege 101: Racial Profiling,” claiming that police officers responded differently to whites and blacks simply standing beside a car. He also posted a quote stating: “Run them over. Keep traffic flowing & don’t slow down for any of these idiots…”
However, according to CBS News, “a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation says the suspect who drove into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, WI. was fleeing another scene – possibly a knife fight – when he ran into & over some people.” However, a law enforcement official later stated, “There was no pursuit that led up to this incident.”
The same official added, “This was not a terrorist event,” but it was unclear why not. Brooks deliberately drove into the crowd at the Waukesha Christmas parade, likely because he was enraged over the perceived injustice of the Rittenhouse verdict. How exactly is that not a terrorist event?
In any case, the real responsibility for Brooks’s murders lies with the establishment media and the Leftists who dominate American popular culture. MSNBC’s Joy Reid lamented the supposed exonerating power of “white tears.” NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who was widely reported as being the victim of a hate crime last year when a noose was discovered in his garage (the FBI determined that it was a garage-door puller), tweeted: “Ha, let the boy be black and it would’ve been life…hell he would’ve had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad.” Ohio congressional candidate Nina Turner agreed: “If Kyle Rittenhouse were Black, he would’ve been killed for holding that weapon. What’s a justice system without justice?!?!” Keith Boykin, author of Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America, added: “I knew it. Kyle Rittenhouse is proof that white people can still break the law, carry illegal weapons, shoot and kill people, and get away with it in America by shedding tears and claiming self-defense.” Fox News’ featured Leftist Juan Williams had the same point of view: “If this had been a black teenager who had done this, wow, I think the laws might have treated him a little differently.”
White actress Sophia Bush was also enraged: “The miscarriage of justice today is enraging. This is white supremacy in action. This is hideous. He murdered people, bragged about it while throwing white power signs in a bar, and then manufactured tears to claim that despite his AR-15 HE was in danger. And he got off. Unreal.” Creepy storyteller Stephen King asked: “So…the white guy goes free. Is that the message?”
No. It was a clear-cut case of self-defense, but the media’s message after Rittenhouse’s acquittal was clearly that this was another case of racism in Amerikkka, and that Rittenhouse would have been dead already if he were black. This was the message despite the fact that on the same day that Rittenhouse was acquitted, a black man Andrew Coffee IV was also acquitted of a murder charge on self-defense grounds. But the media talking heads had little or nothing to say about Coffee as they did all they could to stir up rage over Rittenhouse.
Brooks’ rage may also have been fueled by the Nation of Islam’s race hatred; he was reportedly a member of the Five Percenters, a hardline Nation offshoot. This could even have given him the idea to commit murder with his car, as vehicular jihad is a common jihadi tactic.
It is clear in any case that Brooks was incited to rage, hatred and violence by establishment media myths. The Left’s lies kill. They killed five people in Waukesha on Sunday; these weren’t their first victims, and won’t be their last. But one thing is certain: the only thing the Leftist media will do in response to Brooks’ murders is double down. Watch for still more and newly virulent race victimhood hysteria from the Left. Conscience? Pah! It’s all just because it will bring about the revolution, comrade!
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.