In their desperate attempt to demonize black people, conservatives have jumped on a completely unsubstantiated, easily disproved rumor regarding UCC shooter Chris Harper-Mercer — specifically, that he was a Black Lives Matter protester. Unfortunately for them, facts are a thing, and Harper-Mercer’s writings reveal that he was not quite in line with the movement. One could even say that he would side with the opposite end of the spectrum, the Police Lives Matter “movement,” if forced to choose. In fact, he said it himself.
In a blog post on Kick-Ass Torrents, Harper-Mercer lamented the horrific and unprovoked shooting of Texas police officer Darren Goforth, even going so far as to insinuate that the Black Lives Matter protests inspired the killing.
“On the houston shooting it was reported that the suspect was influenced by black lives matter protests/movement,” he wrote. Noting that he could not confirm if the highly-touted right-wing assertion was true, he explained that ” with all the issues about police and blacks/protestors in the news the past couple of years, it certainly seems like someone would be inspired to take action.”
“With the constant chants of anti police rhetoric this was bound to happen, adding that he’s “on the side of the officer, and generally don’t agree with the black lives matter protests.”
While many hammered Harper-Mercer — hard — for his obvious attempt to demonize protesters, others praised him — like TheKremlin, who complained that “politically correct leftist white-guilt people” were engaged in attacking “anyone who doesn’t ad-up in their mental picture.”
“I fully agree with you,” the shooter responded. In another comment, Harper-Mercer whined that “people portrayed as victims by the black lives matter movement” — like Michael Brown, who was unarmed when he was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson — “are not innocent.”
Despite these inconvenient facts — coupled with his self-identification as a conservative Republican on his dating profile — right-wing blogger and Dumbest Man on the Internet (Google it) Jim Hoft — the man who lied about Officer Wilson’s “orbital blowout fracture,” a story that made it to Fox News before it was squashed by the truth — was more than happy to publicize a rumor that seems to have begun with a random post from “Vanguard 14” on Twitter.
While Hoft did mention that the rumor was unsubstantiated, his readers happily took it as gospel:
A close look at Vanguard 14’s, Twitter timeline reveals him to be a self-described “White Preservist” who is begging for a race war — literally begging:
Many of Vanguard’s tweets deal with the idea of “White Genocide” (or, as some of us call it, the #Honkeycaust), the false and rather moronic belief that the white race is being systematically blended out and eliminated worldwide.
Asked to back his claim,Vanguard tweeted out a doctored version of Harper-Mercer’s blog post with altered text reading “I do generally agree with the black lives matter protests”:
Challenged to prove him wrong, I did, which was easy:
With Vanguard being a well-known white supremacist with more than 13,000 followers, one must wonder why Hoft considers his word to be of enough value to simply label the assertion as unconfirmed rather than “complete and utter bullshit.”
YouTube conspiracy theorist DAHBOO7, who heavily reported as fact the Jade Helm 15 paranoia, also mindlessly parroted the white supremacist’s claim.
Harper-Mercer, armed with a long gun (a favorite of conservative shooters), murdered nine people before his own life was ended, and injured numerous others. Prior to the shooting, he seems to have posted a warning on noted internet wasteland 4chan, where many were more than helpful in providing encouragement:
While his motive is yet unclear, a glance at the shooter’s Kick-Ass Torrents profile reveals a fascination with the Illuminati, lesbian porn, and mass shootings. In fact, the last torrent he uploaded was about Sandy Hook:
He also wrote an absolutely beamingly supportive blog post attempting to justify the actions of Vester Flanagan, who opened fire on two reporters (former colleagues) on live television.
“People like him have nothing left to live for, and the only thing left to do is lash out at a society that has abandoned them,” he explained, calling Flanagan a “victim not only of his own perception but also of our social media soaked enviroment.” Then came the chilling bit:
On an interesting note, I have noticed that so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems the more people you kill, the more your’re in the limelight.
“If anyone gets the chance, go on youtube and see the footage of him shooting those people,” Harper-Mercer suggested. “It’s a short video but good nonetheless.”
There are many issues on which conservatives could focus, but instead they would rather use one of their own to smear a civil rights movement. Makes sense, right?
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