• Vester Lee Flanagan: Can a Racist Gay Black Faggot Commit a Hate Crime?

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    Edwin Hubbel Chapin once said, "Through every rift of discovery
    some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a
    golden link into the chain of order."

    If ever there was a "seeming anomaly" in the chain to enforce
    the orthodoxy of political correctness, it's Vester Lee
    Flanagan, also known as reporter Bryce Williams.

    Flanagan murdered Alison Parker and Adam Ward on live television
    while they were reporting on a feature story for WDBJ in
    Virginia. Parker was the reporter and Ward was the cameraman.

    The incident might be chocked up as nothing more than another
    tragic situation of workplace violence except that Flanagan said
    in a 23 page letter to ABC News the killings were out of his
    anger over "racial discrimination, sexual harassment and
    bullying at work." Although his claims of inequity were proven
    to be unsubstantiated, he said he had been "attacked for being a
    gay, black man." He also claimed the Charleston church shooting
    in June ought to have provoked a race war and the incident was
    the inspiration for his dastardly act.

    So if Flanagan had not turned the gun on himself and taken his
    own life, but lived, one can only wonder if the two murders he
    committed would have been deemed a hate crime. Parker and Ward
    were both white and straight. Flanagan was black and gay.

    So what happens when a black gay man guns down two white
    straight people expressing his motives are connected to issues
    of race and homosexuality?

    Ben Shapiro, Senior Editor-At-Large for Breitbart News and a New
    York Times bestselling author, noted in a column about the
    incident:

    "Had a white straight man killed a black gay man, released a
    first person tape of the shooting, and then unleashed a
    manifesto about being victimized by affirmative action and anti-
    religious bigotry from homosexuals, the media would never stop
    covering the story. They'd be eager to report that shooter's
    motives with all the attendant politically correct hullaballoo
    about the racism and homophobia of the United States more
    broadly. We would hear about white supremacy. We would hear
    excoriations of the Republican presidential candidates for their
    failures to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement — and
    their opposition to same-sex marriage …"

    Indeed, we would. And, Shapiro goes on to rightly argue that the
    media is more likely to depict Flanagan simply as an "outlier"
    and focus the conversation on the supposed need for gun control.

    But what about a question that goes to the heart of the matter —
    would Flanagan's crime be deemed a hate crime?

    It would seem to fit the category.

    The federal government defines a hate crime as "any criminal
    offense … which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the
    offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual
    orientation, or ethnicity/national origin."

    Flanagan's rage vented on Parker and Ward seemingly wasn't just
    against them for personal offenses, but as representatives of
    his perceived white, straight, anti-gay oppressors. Whether they
    were burning a cross on a lawn or carrying out a lynching, the
    Ku Klux Klan used the same twisted rationale against blacks and
    gays.

    Flanagan's maniacal act also seems to fit the various
    justifications given for hate crime laws. Hate crime laws carry
    tougher penalties because they are deemed to be more brutal in
    nature, allegedly do more psychological harm, and, as a bias
    motivated crime, hurt innocent third parties. In other words,
    the crime not only targets a certain victim, but is directed at
    a group. Over and again, via news footage, the public witnessed
    an excessively brutal act of wanton murder by a man filled with
    hate who meant to do psychological damage to millions, while
    striking out against all people who would discriminate on the
    basis of race or sexuality.

    Still, had Flanagan not committed suicide, it's highly unlikely
    he would have been charged with a hate crime. Even though others
    have been charged with the same for less than what he did — some
    for just using derogatory language. Why? Because hate crime laws
    are not about equal justice under the law as our Constitution
    demands. They are, instead, about tipping the scales in favor of
    people from protected groups and not others.

    Violent crime should be punished under the same standard no
    matter the victim.

    In his book, 10 Truths About Hate Crime Laws, John Aman writes:

    "[U]nder the hate crimes regime, the law no longer regards 'man
    as man,' but as a member of a group. Equal justice gives way to
    a system of 'preferential justice,' in which, as novelist George
    Orwell put it, 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more
    equal than others.'"

    Aman also contends:

    "Hate crime statutes codify legal distinctions based on race,
    ethnicity, national origin, gender, and sexual behavior. They
    alert all Americans to these distinct identities and reinforce,
    magnify, and fix in place group conflict by using the law to
    make them legitimate. The media reinforces these divisions by
    showering attention on crimes purported to be motivated by
    prejudice…Based on differences in race, gender, religion, or
    sexual conduct, such factionalism is moving our society toward
    the 'disuniting of America.' Some are calling this a 'new
    tribalism.'"

    Such laws work to create, as Aman asserts, "a perverse incentive
    to seek victimhood, since victimization enhances a group's
    'moral claim on the larger society,' and, therefore, it
    leverages political power." Quoting Shelby Steele, Aman adds,
    "The power to be found in victimization, like any power is
    intoxicating and can lend itself to the creation of a new class
    of super-victims who can feel the pea of victimization under
    twenty mattresses.'"

    News reports indicate, as Shapiro wrote, that Flanagan
    "marinated in his self-appointed victimhood status." He sought
    to use it as power over the places where he worked, but
    officials dismissed his complaints. He was constantly looking
    for people to say something to which he might take offense.

    Flanagan is not alone in such behavior. Except for the act of
    murder, his worldview either to a greater or lesser degree is
    becoming a national phenomenon.

    Is this what we've come to in this country? Whatever happened to
    that greater, former set of ideas about personal responsibility
    and impartial justice, and not identity politics, that were our
    compass?

    The point here is hate crime laws may have been enacted with the
    intention of protecting weaker and minority groups, but such
    laws and the politics surrounding them, have instead worked to
    enhance separatism, fueling and magnifying prejudices and
    antagonisms. They have exacerbated feelings of victimization,
    even to the point of violence.

    If Flanagan's fury is suggestive of anything, it has a
    connection to this. Moreover, Flanagan is the anomaly indicative
    of our country's need of God's grace in Christ to cleanse away
    the hate and partiality against any man or group — something no
    law can do.

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/vester-lee-flanagan-can-a-gay- black-man-commit-a-hate-crime-144124/

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    Illegal alien muslim Barack Hussein Obama seizes on this tragedy
    caused by one of his mentally ill homosexual, black racist nuts,
    to wave the flags for more gun control.
     

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