Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Racist Joke Gets Man Killed

This is a horrible story.
A black man shot a white former co-worker to death on Easter, claiming he did it because he overheard the victim telling a racist joke seven years ago, authorities said Monday.
Seven years seems an awfully long time to hold a grudge because of a simple joke. Really, I can hardly believe it. Perhaps the alleged joke (like alleged murder, but funnier!) was just an excuse by the suspect? After all, we don't even know what that joke was:
Douglas refused to recount for detectives the joke that angered him, according to court papers.
Now I don't get so angry over Chris Rock's "racial overtones" even though he's often clearly racist in his humor; similarly, if this guy had been mentally balanced, he wouldn't have seethed for seven years over a freaking joke. Now since I don't know what happened, I'm going to speculate.

It's all the liberals' fault.

That's right, it's their fault. What group develops a pathological obsession with racial identity, enough to find racial bias where not even a trace of it really exists, enough to make every activity of a white person racist and deserving of censure. Maybe this guy had been turning the issue over in his mind so much because the message from the Democrats was that any real or perceived (mostly perceived) racial slight deserves to be dwelt on - it would have done no good to curse Berkeyheiser under his breath, figured it was his problem, and get on with enjoying his life; no, the suspect should have let the perception of racism consume his life and twist his mind enough for him to contemplate murder.

Because, really, that's the right response to insult - weakness, obsession, and murder instead of strength of will and civilized behavior.


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