For Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, there are few things in this world that aren’t a constant reminder of the racial struggle he faces in his head. And clearly there’s a lot in King’s head as he also believes he is in fact black.In any event, “Talcum X” most recently blasted the New York Daily News, the paper with the unfortunate status of being King’s employer, as racist. Their crime? Reporting on a high-profile crime in New York City, referring to the alleged murderer of jogger Karina Vetrano as a “demon.”
King followed up the tweet with a rambling, incoherent 1500+ word essay attempting to explain how the headline is racist. In one of the few paragraphs where he actually addresses the headline, King states “By calling Chanel Lewis (the suspected killer) “a demon” and “a brute,” the headline devolved into language that has been used to dehumanize and even lynch black men in America for the past century.”
Given that the number of blacks who were killed by lynching in all of America (fewer than 4,000) is less than the number of blacks being killed by other blacks in any given year, it appears the alleged “dehumanization” isn’t translating into any action in response. The headline wasn’t dehumanizing black people, it was dehumanizing a man accused of violently raping and killing a woman, which most rational people would find inhuman.
However, it turns out there actually is a racial element to this story, just not the kind of racism King wants for his narrative.As BizPacReview reported: The murderer of a 30-year-old jogger in Queens, New York indicated he killed the woman because she was white.
“I don’t like those people over there,” confessed killer Chanel Lewis, 20, told a black detective, the New York Post reported.
Lewis refused to talk to a white detective but when black detective, Barry Brown, interviewed him he waived his miranda rights and gave two videotaped statements.Brown is regarded as “best detective in Queens for getting confessions,” sources told the Post.
He told the detective that he was angry and took it out on Karina Vetrano in Aug. 2013 as she jogged by him.
“I was angry. I had some issues at home. I just lost it. When I saw her, I just hit her and kept hitting her. I hit her and choked her,’’ he said, according to the Post.The accused murderer gave “very detailed, incriminating statements” where he described “each step of the assault,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a news conference.
Lewis’ DNA was found under Vetrano’s fingernails, on her back and on her cellphone, Boyce told reporters.
“The perp said he had a bad temper. He confessed on video about the assault specifically. He did not want to admit to the rape,” a source close to the investigation told the Post.
King would never admit it (because he wouldn’t have a career if he did), but such hate crimes are vastly more common than the reverse.
If King is concerned with rhetoric turning to violence, he should start by reflecting on his own.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]