A homosexual, African-American former TV journalist who had been fired from his job two years ago took his revenge on two white co-workers Wednesday, live on the news.
The two victims, WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, were reporting live on a feature story from a local waterfront building complex when suddenly multiple shots were fired, striking Parker as she fled and knocking over Ward, whose camera continued to record before the feed was returned to the television studio, where a stunned anchorwoman tried to grasp what had just happened.
Shortly after, the station general manager announced that the two were dead. Parker was just 24, and Ward was 27. Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed by Parker, was wounded in the back but was reported stable after surgery.
The shooter was a former WDBJ reporter named Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, who went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams. Flanagan had been fired two years ago because of multiple conflicts with fellow workers.
Jeffrey Marks, WDBJ’s president and general manager described Flanagan as “an unhappy man” and “difficult to work with,” always “looking out for people to say things he could take offense to.”
“Eventually after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him. He did not take that well,” Marks said. When he was fired, police had to escort him from the building.
Flanagan apparently faxed a 23-page manifesto to ABC, explaining his reasoning, if his ramblings can be called that, for shooting the two young journalists.
As Flanagan was fleeing police, before he shot himself, he sent out multiple tweets about the shooting. In those messages, he said that Ward had once filed a complaint against him after working on a story together. He also alleged that Parker had once used a racial slur but had still been “hired” by the station, perhaps referring to her promotion from intern to reporter.
The most chilling aspect of Flanagan’s rampage, though, is that he filmed himself committing the shootings and posted the video online. Throughout the day Wednesday, the video was posted at various sites and then removed by the Internet’s self-appointed censors. As of last night, several working links to the video were still online at Allen West’s website.
In Flanagan’s video, shot from his point of view, the killer locates the two reporters and their interview subject, and closes in casually. None of the three victims seems to take notice of him as he moves to within inches of the back of Ward’s head.
Flanagan then turns toward Parker, can be heard muttering the word “bitch” under his breath and points his handgun at her. He does not fire at first, though, lowering the gun. He can be heard on the video breathing heavily, as if working himself up, then suddenly he raises the gun and shoots Parker quickly multiple times before shooting Ward and Gardner.
In his manifesto, Flanagan wrote, “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while … just waiting to go BOOM.”
He blames his anger on racial and sexual discrimination, that he had been “attacked for being a gay, black man,” and says that the Charleston church shootings sent him over the edge, leading him to buy a gun two days after that event. He expresses admiration for the Columbine and Virginia Tech shooters.
CNN reports that Flanagan also wrote, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE (deleted)!!!”
In the shooting aftermath, expect the usual voices to call for more control. Existing laws obviously didn’t stop a self-professed “powder keg” from buying a gun with intent to kill, so naturally the solution is more restrictions on guns.
What you’re not likely to hear much of is discussion in the major media of the obvious racial nature of this shooting and the real roots of it.
Here we have an aggrieved, perpetually angry gay, black man who clearly blames his problems on straight, white people. Rather than taking responsibility for his own life decisions and attitudes, he turns to violence, looking for some sort of payback.
If this sounds familiar, you may be flashing back to Ferguson, Missouri, or Baltimore or New York or any other city where the black community has been consigned by government policies to ongoing poverty and hopelessness. You may also be responding to the barely concealed hostility of homosexual activists toward Christians and other conservatives.
There is a poisonous atmosphere that has spread across America in recent years that makes people fall into separate tribal nations, shaking their fists at the other tribes.
The United States was once seen as a great melting pot where people and cultures from around the world mixed together and created a stronger social alloy known as American culture.
No more. The politics of “diversity” have split this nation into dozens of competing factions built along racial, ethnic or political lines, each convinced that it is the most victimized and most deserving of special treatment.
That poisonous attitude comes from the top. You know who’s responsible. … Open borders, siding with black criminals over police, favoring Muslims over everyone else, giving racist groups like the Black Panthers a get out of jail free card, forcing gay marriage on people who see it as a sin, chipping away at religious freedoms … it all adds up.
Our so-called leaders are convinced that we all deserve to be punished for poisoning the air and creating global warming. Shouldn’t our leaders be held accountable for the poisonous racial atmosphere they’ve created?