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© Jack Cashill
Some crime stories the media relish. Others they resist covering. In February of this year, a drunken peckerwood named Adam Purinton shot and killed an Indian engineer in suburban Kansas City thinking the man was an Iranian. The media nationwide ran with this story and shamelessly tied the shooting to the rise of Donald Trump. The Kansas City Star posted more than 50 articles on this one crime alone.
Three years earlier, the Star widely covered the story of a highway shooter who terrorized the metro for more than a month, hitting at least a dozen cars and wounding several people. Then the police arrested the shooter. The fact that he was black dimmed the enthusiasm in local newsrooms. The fact that his first name was “Mohammed” killed it.
The story of highway shooter Mohammed Whitaker quickly disappeared, even from the local news. After Whitaker’s arrest, the Star made no effort to sort out his motives, talk to his family and friends, profile the victims, or even learn why he had renamed himself “Mohammed.” A Google search on Mohammed Whitaker nets exactly 688 results. A Google search on Adam Purinton nets 130,000.
Last weekend when “Kissimmee” was trending on Twitter, there was not much in the news beyond the immediate: two cops shot in Kissimmee, ambush, bad part of town. While covering the George Zimmerman case in nearby Sanford, I subscribed to the online version of the Orlando Sentinel and never unsubscribed. Were it not for the Sentinel, I might have forgotten about the Kissimmee story altogether. A Sentinel report on the funeral of the two slain cops, Matthew Baxter and Sam Howard, drew me back in.
The killer, it turns out, called himself “Malik Mohammad Ali,” a fact reported only barely in the Sentinel and in virtually no other mainstream publication. To be fair, there is more to the story of Malik Mohammad Ali than that name. He is a U.S. Marine veteran named Everett Glenn Miller with a serious history of mental illness.
According to Heavy.com, which does a good job of getting at the social media pages of various killers before they are scrubbed, Miller’s Facebook page was filled with “derogatory posts about Donald Trump and posts about the Confederate monument issue and Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia.”
In the last seven years, mentally unstable black men like Miller have killed scores of Americans in politically motivated attacks and wounded many more. The victims are virtually all either non-black or law enforcement or both.
Ismaaiyl Brinsley of Baltimore was subject to a variety of influences, including Islam. A frequenter of mosques, he likely attended the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan speech at Baltimore’s Morgan State University in November 2014, which concluded with Farrakhan shouting, “We’ll tear this god damn country up,” and the crowd cheering and chanting, “Allahu Akbar.”
A month later, a BLM inspired crowd was marching through the streets of New York chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.” They got their wish. Days later, Brinsley took a bus up to Brooklyn and assassinated two NYPD police officers.
In that same year, 2014, Oklahoma’s Alten Nolan converted to a strain of Islam that nurtured his hatred of whites. That hatred became obvious when he beheaded a white female coworker, slashed another, and would likely have killed many more had not the company CEO shot him.
According to Heavy, Micah Xavier Johnson “liked pages connected to Elijah Mohammed, the founder of the Nation of Islam, and also liked The New Black Panther Party and the Black Riders Liberation Party.” Don’t remember Micah Xavier Johnson? The media would just as soon you forget. He murdered five Dallas police officers just a year ago.
True to form, the New York Times failed to mention that among the late Gavin Long’s possessions was an Islamic holy book that referenced “asking forgiveness from Allah and includes a prayer passage wherein it states that repeating the prayer and dying on the same day guarantees the person will go to paradise.”
The reader may be forgiven for failing to remember Gavin Long. Just a year ago this July the Kansas City man drove to Baton Rouge and ambushed a group of police officers outside a convenience store, killing three and wounding three more before the police shot and killed him.
Of more immediate influence upon Long was the Black Lives Matter movement. “My people, and the people in general will continue to strike back against all cops until we see that bad cops are no longer protected and allowed to flourish,” he had written before the shooting.
Alexander Bonds, who assassinated NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia in July, was similarly stoked by the media and BLM. His Facebook posts were filled with anti-police and anti-Trump rants. “In November,” Heavy reports, “just before Election Day, he shared a conspiracy video from Occupy Democrats that claimed voting machines were changing Hillary Clinton votes to Trump.”
On the same night that Everett Glenn Miller killed the two Kissimmee police, Derrick Brabham shot and wounded two police officers in nearby Jacksonville. Reported Heavy, “A Facebook page in Brabham’s name was filled with posts about the KKK, racism, police shootings, Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, and depression.
Virtually all of these men grew up in homes without fathers. Not surprisingly, they all had emotional issues, some more obvious than others. Unable to understand their own failures, they heard any number of voices—Islamic, Democratic, journalistic, black nationalistic—telling them their failures were not their fault, but the white man’s. They believed them, and they acted.
Today, alas, those voices are louder than ever.
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