Don’t Judge by the Color of Skin but by the Killing

The rule to not judge by the color of skin but by the content of character means justice must be blind.

We lived in Columbia for a while, waiting for a house to be finished. It was a nice little town, best known for Mule Day. That’s probably why this crime hit me so hard when I first read about it—a pizza worker shot and killed… for no reason other than rank evil.


From WKRN-Nashville: “Teen says he shot Columbia Papa John’s employee ‘to kill him’

A 17-year-old arrested for a deadly shooting that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Papa John’s employee admitted to the shooting when questioned by investigators, police said Thursday.

Darious Fitzpatrick told police he shot Gordon Schaffer “to kill him” following his arrest Wednesday. He is charged with first degree murder, felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.

Schaffer was shot just before 10 p.m. Monday at the Papa John’s at 1902 Shady Brook St. in Columbia, approximately 50 miles south of Nashville.

Police said Schaffer was hit once in the chest but was conscious and able to tell responding officers he was robbed by two black males.  He later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Schaffer was the only one inside the Papa John’s when the robbery happened.  Police said he was on the phone with his manager who heard the robbery through the phone, hung up and called police.

Police said Fitzpatrick and his accomplice had Schaffer open the cash register and, even though he complied their demands, ultimately shot him.

When asked during questioning why he shot him, Fitzpatrick replied, “He wouldn’t give me more money or my money.”

When asked if he shot him to scare him, he stated, “I shot him to kill him.”

Gee, if the skin colors had been switched, would we be reading screaming headlines about the “unarmed” black man, murdered by a white man? Would the President stand up and tell us how, if he had a son, he would look like this? If the white worker had a gun and defended himself, would we be enduring protests about the poor little thieves who had no chance?

Martin Luther King, Jr. longed for the day when men would be judged for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. I sure long for that day, too.

A killer is a killer, no matter what his skin color.

Likewise, a justified shooting is a justified shooting, no matter what the skin colors involved. Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton now? I guess they’re getting ready to lead the riots in Ferguson over the strong-arm robbery thug, Michael Brown, who evidence shows assaulted the wrong cop. Pathetic. Heart-breaking.

Here’s another case which should go quickly. The killer admitted his total dearth of positive character. Get the execution over with before the end of the year.