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The shooting spree executed by Aaron Alexis at the Washington, D.C., Naval Yard on Sept. 16 has given rise to a dizzying host of questions. Among them are those of Alexis’ questionable mental capacity, the Navy’s failure to take precautions despite having been warned of his alleged mental incapacity, the security of the Navy Yard and military installations across the country, Alexis’ access to firearms after having been involved in firearms-related altercations, his arrest record and many others.
Then there is the question of the troubled ex-reservist and civilian contractor’s motivation for entering the facility on Monday morning, then killing 12 people and wounding eight others before being neutralized by police. This question becomes more confusing the more that is added to the narrative. It was reported that Alexis’ military career itself was catalyzed by his anger at the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. While his father reportedly told police that Alexis participated in rescue operations at Ground Zero (he would have been 22 at the time), there is no evidence that this occurred, although he was employed within eye-shot of the Twin Towers when they were destroyed. He is also purported to have claimed that he’d suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of having witnessed the carnage of that day.
There are conflicting reports regarding Navy personnel who periodically evaluated Alexis; some pegged him as a stellar performer, congenial and cooperative, even though he was ultimately discharged over behavioral issues. It appears fairly clear that Alexis did have anger issues, at the risk of waxing pop-psychologist; threatening individuals with your handgun and discharging it into private property because you’re ticked off at someone (for which Alexis was arrested in 2004), even if you have a valid concealed carry permit, is not something stable people generally do.
To be fair, given the current climate in this country, one might be inclined to examine the racial aspect of the crime. Alexis was black, and his victims were predominantly white. While this might not be what I or the reader would ordinarily consider at first blush, it most assuredly would be the first thing considered by the press had a 34-year-old white ex-Navy reservist walked into a building and shot 21 people if most of them were black.
“He felt a lot of discrimination and racism, with white people especially.”
– Kristi Suthamtewkal, former landlady
The aforementioned conflicting reports regarding Aaron Alexis’ temperament are likely to make the investigations into his motives even more difficult. Some described him as “easygoing,” while one former neighbor testified to having been terrified of him. After returning from a contract job in Japan last year, he apparently told his former landlady and friend Kristi Suthamtewkal that he had been cheated out of money from the contract and was “mistreated because he was black,” Suthamtewkal said.
Given all of the data, one cannot help but factor in the alleged racism Alexis claimed to have suffered as a possible contributing factor in the shootings. The racial climate in America has been deliberately poisoned in recent years by the self-serving machinations of the political left, career civil rights activists and the Obama administration in particular. This has led to a near-epidemic in black-on-white crime, one which goes wholly unreported by the establishment press. Might this contrived, institutional advancement of racial tension have contributed to the rage and instability of a man who already felt disaffected due to his race?
“He did have the tendency to feel like people owed him something all the time.”
– Kristi Suthamtewkal
That sense of entitlement and tendency toward feeling disrespected among black Americans is part and parcel of the worldview spoon-fed to blacks by the political left. It is a common theme and corrosive thread that has run through the left’s racial narrative for decades. Indeed, this has been employed in order to entice blacks into political allegiance with the left, in keeping them in socioeconomic thralldom and – more recently – in re-igniting the bitterness and militancy radical black activists displayed during the Civil Rights Movement.
Was racial hatred the prime motivator for Aaron Alexis’ heinous attack this week, a factor, or a non-issue? While it is altogether possible that his were the actions of an individual with a psyche disintegrating so rapidly that even he may not have fully understood why he acted as he did, failing to consider race in light of the current political and social landscape would be imprudent indeed.