Christopher Harper-Mercer, the shooter at an Oregon community college was a Republican of “mixed race” who apparently didn’t like Christians.

Okay, so who broke the irony machine?

Oh, and he had a MySpace page.

What 26-year-old has a MySpace page in 2015?

Apparently Christopher Harper-Mercer had one at the time he decided to go all “white man crazy” and shoot up a classroom, killing nine of his fellow classmates and wounding seventeen others. On his MySpace page, Christopher Harper-Mercer described himself as a conservative and of a “mixed race” – like, whatever that means. His father is white, and his mother is black.

Yeah, somebody at the U.S. Dept. of Conspiracy Theory has some explaining to do.

Investigators believe that Chris Harper Mercer, the gunman in the Oregon college shooting, was a hate-filled individual with anti-government and conspiracy tendencies, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the probe said Friday.

 

Mercer’s communications and activities suggest he was supportive of the white supremacist agenda and opposed organized religion, said the source, who did not want to be named because of the ongoing investigation.

 

The 26-year-old gunman, who was killed in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers, also liked to discuss military history, the source said. Authorities have obtained some of his writings and a note he left behind. (source)

I mean, are they running low on bullshit to feed us?

Or, is this just the way it is now that we’re post-racial?

But anyway, If I didn’t know any better, I’d think there’s a bin filled with loaded firearms and an endless supply of ammunition that sits in the middle of every room, in every mental institution in America, to which every “crazy person” has access.

But, thanks to documented research, we know this isn’t so.

The truth is that only a very small percentage of mental patients are violent.

Yeah, somebody at the U.S. Dept. of Conspiracy Theory has some explaining to do.

I mean, are they running low on bullshit to feed us?

Or, is this just the way it is now that we’re post-racial?

Christopher Harper-Mercer
Christopher Harper-Mercer

But anyway, If I didn’t know any better, I’d think there’s a bin filled with loaded firearms and an endless supply of ammunition that sits in the middle of every room, in every mental institution in America, to which every “crazy person” has access.

But, thanks to documented research, we know this isn’t so.

The truth is that only a very small percentage of mental patients are violent.

So what’s the big deal about race? Well, one thing we know for sure is that race cannot be separated from acts of violence. I’m not suggesting that one’s race determines one’s proclivity to commit acts of violence – that’s what someone racist will tell you.

However, though largely ignored by many, there is a double standard on the reporting of criminal acts along racial lines. And, this double standard quite naturally shapes our perception of entire groups of people. Which, as you know, often works against racial minorities. Yes, don’t be mad at me for stating the obvious; I didn’t make up the rules.

For example: When a white guy kills people in a mass shooting it’s never discussed as pathology. However, when it’s black-on-black crime it’s something in the DNA of black people.

If a white guy shoots up a school nobody asks, “Where’s his dad?” Whereas, if a Black guy gets arrested for jaywalking the obvious question is.”How long has his dad been in jail?” And, given recent events, a connection between non-crazy-black-guy and Black Lives Matter will be made.

And of course, as is the case with a white shooter, the assumption is that he was mentally ill. Which is sad, because rarely, if ever, is a connection between PTSD and the perpetrators of shootings in black neighborhoods made by anyone.

Instead, all those shootings in Chicago, in particular, exist as yet another example of “stuff black people do.” You know, because black people killing other black people was something that Africans brought to America on the slave ships.

There’s always some asshole on social media – or in a blog post and comment section – quick to parrot ignorant thought, devoid of any semblance of understanding of the residual effects of what has long been government-driven class warfare as income inequality has been on the rise.

Oh well, like Jeb Bush said, “Stuff happens.”

Yep. even if the shooter is a racially ambiguous white supremacist with anti-government leanings and a mother who bragged about all the guns in her home on social media, stuff happens. Because, of course, it’s not like he’s black and anyone saw this mass shooting coming.

Oh well, crazy right-wing nutjobs aside, what happened in Oregon this week was tragic and completely unnecessary. While we debate over tighter gun laws in the wake of yet another mass shooting. Perhaps, this time, someone will introduce the climate of fear that permeates our society.

The type of fear that is largely politically driven that breeds the type of ignorance required to have Donald Trump leading in the polls.

It’s the type of fear that motivates misguided individuals of a certain demographic like Christopher Harper-Mercer,  who are willing to grab any number of firearms to commit mass murder. You know, America: same shit, different day.