Does this say anything about Black people?
The 22-year-old man suspected of shooting five middle-aged white men since last year — including four on south Kansas City walking trails — threatened in 2014 to shoot up a school and “kill all white people,” according to court records.
Fredrick Demond Scott, who was charged Tuesday in two killings and named as a suspect in three more, made those statements in January 2014 at Center Alternative School, as documented in a municipal citation for harassment.
Scott, who is black, has been charged with murder in the deaths of Steven Gibbons, 57, and John Palmer, 54. On Tuesday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced those charges, also naming Scott as a suspect in the killings of David Lenox, 67; Timothy S. Rice, 57, of Excelsior Springs; and Mike Darby, 61, co-owner of Coach’s Bar & Grill at 103rd Street and Wornall Road.
All five were white men between ages 54 and 67. All five were fatally shot, most from behind, in surprise attacks as they walked dogs, visited parks and, in one case, walked down a city street.
Asking again: does this say anything about Black people?
Let me help you out. The answer is no.
It doesn’t say anything about anyone other than frederick demond scott, any more than the existence of Black doctors means scott is a medical professional. Anyone who projects this one “man” beyond himself as an individual, is dealing in a ridiculous stereotype based on nothing intelligent.
Just as people who take the actions of a few White supremacists and neo-nazis, then project them to every White person or every political conservative, are doing exactly the same thing.
That’s worth remembering.