(Vester Flanagan and Alison Parker, whom he murdered)
A NY Post article today listed some of the examples of behavior by whites which Vester Flanagan deemed racist:
“We would say stuff like, ‘The reporter’s out in the field.’ And [Flanagan] would look at us and say, ‘What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist,’ ” [cameraman Trevor] Fair recounted….
Flanagan assumed everything was a jab this race, even when a manager brought in watermelon for all employees.
“Of course, he thought that was racist. He was like, ‘You’re doing that because of me.’ No, the general manager brought in watermelon for the entire news team. He’s like, ‘Nope, this is out for me. You guys are calling me out because I’m black.’ ”
Flanagan even declared that 7-Eleven was racist because it sold watermelon-flavored Slurpees.
Alison Parker once said within earshot of Flanagan that she would be "swinging by" a certain location and Flanagan evidently complained that that was racist, presumably because he thought she was making a reference to monkeys swinging in trees.
Liberals will dismiss all this as the rantings of a lone loon.
But was Flanagan's thought process rally all that different from the politically correct norm? For example, Janet Napolitano, President of the prestigious University of California, has been training professors to avoid "microaggressions" like describing America as the "land of opportunity," since that implies that people of color fail based on merit.
Other examples of "microaggressions" include such well intentioned comments as describing America as a melting pot; stating that there is only one race, the human race; and using "he" as a generic pronoun for all people.
Or think of the positions that the Black Lives Matter movement takes. Their core belief seems to be that blacks are in constant danger from whites, especially white cops. To this day they still insist, despite all evidence to the contrary, that Michael Brown was an innocent victim. And when someone -- like Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley -- says that all lives matter, the BLM crowd becomes enraged and demands an apology.
And the mainstream media -- i.e., the respectable media -- continues to push the narrative that blacks are at risk from whites, when the opposite is far more true. (When blacks commit violence, they choose whites as their victims 47.7% of the time, as opposed to whites choosing black victims only 3.9% of the time.)
In this atmosphere, is it all that surprising that a hothouse flower like Vester Flanagan would bloom? Flanagan wasn't so much an anomaly as a result of the agenda pushed by Napolitano and BLM and the NY Times and their ilk. When you goad a borderline personality like Flanagan on with nonstop talk about white racism, eventually he will see nothing but racism.
Of course, when a Vester Flanagan explodes and murders whites, it's never treated as a racial crime. It's only mentioned -- as the White House chose to do yesterday -- as an example of why we need more gun control.
But, more and more people seem to be waking up to the hypocrisy. They realize they're being sold a bill of goods, and are getting sick of it.
And, more than anything else, it's that false narrative that actually causes anti-black feelings. It's like having a roommate with a narcissistic personality: you don't end up resenting him because of his annoying little habits so much as because of his overwhelming hypocrisy.