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Four Ways That “Dylann Storm Roof Vs Lee Boyd Malvo” Meme Is Complete Bullshit.

20 Jun

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Lets get down to brass tacks. I hate all your terrible “gotcha” political dadmemes. Usually I politely grit my teeth and quietly seethe as I scroll by them, but once in a while one crosses my social media dashboard that exhibits a special combination of smugness in it’s “gotcha” sensibility while also being 100% wrong and I have to break it down. You know, like a certain Tumblr meme about how violent trans women are. Or this one. I feel like singling this one in particular because it only makes four points and *ALL OF THEM ARE WRONG*. That’s a special sort of intellectual dishonesty.

First of all, you can’t simultaneously argue that Malvo is the DC Sniper and that the murder was “racially motivated”. Both conclusions are based on conflicting testimony from two different trials that were years apart. In the 2003 trial, Malvo confessed to being the triggerman in all the murders and his motivations were vague at best. A significant portion of said trial hinged on the idea that he had been brainwashed by violent videogames. No seriously. A few years later, he amended his confession, claiming partner John Allen Muhammad was the mastermind of the killings and retconning in the whole “kill six whites a day” motivation years after the fact.

When you look at the facts, the “racially motivated” claim falls apart instantly. Here are the victims of Dylann Storm Roof:

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Here are the people who were killed by Malvo and Muhammad. Half the people killed in this alleged “racially motivated anti-white” mass-shooting aren’t white:

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Dylann’s motivation is well documented. There is no vagueness or ambiguity. Organized white-supremacist movements are falling all over themselves to distance themselves from the guy. By comparison, Malvo and Muhammad’s supposed “anti-white” motivation didn’t come up until years after the fact.

Speaking of John Allen Muhammad, guess who wasn’t outfitted with a bullet-proof vest during his arrest?

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I mean, look. All three of these individuals and criminals and deserve to be (or have been, in the case of Muhammad) punished. I’m not arguing about the relative severity of their crimes or whether any of them were better or worse people. But your smug over-simplified “gotchas” to downplay institutional violence against black people and the relative kiddie gloves approach they are taking with yet another “troubled” white murderer are transparent bullshit and I will call you out on that.

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