Earlier this week the nation was left stunned when TV news reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward were murdered on live television by Vester Flanagan, a former reporter who claimed the motivation for his evil deed was to start a race war.
Flanagan claimed Parker said racist things, which is one of the reasons he targeted her specifically.
Well, we now know the list of phrases she used that ultimately sealed her fate, and to call them “racist” is absurd.
Flanagan, known on the air as Bryce Williams, murdered Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward on Wednesday on live television while they were reporting a story for WDBJ-TV in Virginia, and part of his reasoning involved words Parker used when interning for the station in 2012.
“One [of Williams’ complaints] was something about ‘swinging’ by some place; the other was out in the ‘field,’” according to a Jan. 21 internal report filed by assistant news director Greg Baldwin, according to the New York Post.
“That’s how that guy’s mind worked. Just crazy, left-field assumptions like that,” a WDBJ video editor told the Post.
“That was his MO — to start s- -t,” he added. “He was unstable. One time, after one of our live shots failed, he threw all his stuff down and ran into the woods for like 20 minutes.”
WDBJ cameraman Trevor Fair agreed.
“We would say stuff like, ‘The reporter’s out in the field.’ And he would look at us and say, ‘What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist,’” he said.
“We’d be like, ‘What?’ We all know what that means, but he took it as cotton fields, and therefore we’re all racists,” Fair added.
The crazy doesn’t end there either.
Flanagan also thought 7-Eleven was a racist retail chain for selling watermelon Slurpees.
A former classmate of Parker’s, Jessica Albert — who’s black — says there’s no way the deceased journalist was racist, stating that she recommended her for a job in the journalism field.
All of the reports and stories we’ve heard about Flanagan clearly indicate this dude was extremely paranoid, mentally unstable, and was definitely influenced, to some degree, by the awful state of race relations in our country.
Progressives in culture and media have pushed a narrative that is dividing folks by color and is creating an atmosphere where everything you do can be misconstrued as racism, making folks of all races a bit edgy.
Granted, that isn’t what caused this guy to lose his mind and shoot people — that is obviously because of his indwelling sin and mental illness — but it didn’t help matters either.
It’s truly time to stop allowing the media to stir the pot and keep racial tensions stoked like they have so we can have real discussions about the issues that face our nation without feeling the need to hate on one another.
This egregious act by a guy who was clearly racist is proof that racism isn’t limited to one particular group of people. It’s an issue that affects all of us, and it will take all of us working together to squash this junk before it gets any worse.
To do that, we need free speech, to speak openly about what’s going on in our country. Political correctness is preventing this from happening. Let’s move beyond the PC nonsense and be real with each other.
In the end, the truth and love will always triumph over the lies and hate.