Racial Violence and It Isn’t a News Story

Off the top of my head I can think of two angles on this story, both having to do with racial violence. I saw it in the New York Daily News site: “Suspect says he murdered New Jersey teen as revenge for U.S. military killings in Middle East: police.”

The shooter accused of gunning down at least four men in two states said he murdered a New Jersey teenager as revenge for Muslims killed overseas.

According to court documents, Ali Muhammad Brown described his June murder of 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin as a “just kill” and said it was an act of “vengeance” meant to compensate for U.S. military killings in the Middle East.

In addition to Tevlin’s murder, Brown has been charged will fatally shooting three men in Seattle. All four men were gunned down in remote areas late at night, NJ.com reported.

He is currently held in Newark, but he may be extradited to Washington state.

Brown is a devout Muslim opposed to U.S. intervention overseas, especially Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran, prosecutors said.

“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life,” he told investigators, according to the documents.

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FIRST ANGLE

Wow, four white Americans killed by a Muslim black man because they were white Americans, and I had never heard any of this till this morning?

There is a pretty amazing double-standard on these things, isn’t there? I didn’t hear the President humanize the victims as potential sons, or express “outrage” over the killings (which were unquestionable murders, in this case, with no criminal acts suggested on the part of the victims).

SECOND ANGLE

But, let me make some people angry. What is the difference between what this beast did, and what a clean-cut, uniform-wearing American outside Las Vegas did one day when he blew up 15 innocent people heading to a wedding in Yemen?

Each termed his targets “guilty” because of color and nationality. Each left grieving relatives to wonder why their loved ones were “selected.” Yes, I get that there are nuances, but those nuances are pretty much lost when it’s your son (or daughter, father, mother, aunt, cousin, etc.)? Wouldn’t you agree?

Someone has to stop the killing.