Vester Lee Flanagan, a gay, black, former reporter for a local TV station in Roanoke, Virginia, gunned down two white employees of that station in a murder which he recorded and posted to Facebook. Flanagan, who worked professionally under the name Bryce Williams, sent a 23-page manifesto to ABC News in which he said:
This makes Flanagan pretty much the black equivalent of Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter. He only killed two people, as opposed to the nine whom Roof killed. But in his manifesto Flanagan expressed admiration for Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho and also the Columbine killers for their prolific numbers.
And his motivation was the same as Roof's: race war.
Roof's shootings remained on the front page of the New York Times, in one form or other, for roughly ten days. As a results of his mass murder, six states banned the confederate flag, and so did a number of corporations. President Obama flew to South Carolina to attend the funerals of the victims and delivered a eulogy. There was much talk of the scourge of white racism and how terrible it is when blacks are the victims of white violence.
Will President Obama attend the funerals of the newswoman and cameraman who were killed in Roanoke?
Will rivers of ink be spilled bemoaning the scourge of black-on-white violence?
Will the NY Times keep this story on the front page for more than a week?
Will there be calls for the banishment of some symbol of black nationalism?
Rhetorical questions, obviously.