Aaron Alexis, the former Navy reservist who killed a dozen people in Monday’s Navy Yard shooting, no doubt had psychological problems aplenty.
But evidence suggests that those problems were aggravated by the message that the Democratic-media complex has been steadily pumping out, namely that a black American can never expect justice.
In the past, the media have desperately sought to blame mass violence directly on the right, as they did after the shootings in Tucson and Aurora, Colo., or to blame the right indirectly by focusing on guns, as they did after the Sandy Hook school shooting.
That doesn’t work here. As the saner among the media elite know, the blame circles back upon themselves. They helped create the atmosphere in which an emotionally unstable black person finds it easier to blame whites than he does himself.
Friend and employer Kristi Suthamtewkal told NBC News that Alexis “felt a lot of discrimination and racism with white people especially.”
The deeply troubled Alexis had been involved in several serious disputes in the past, at least two of which had prompted him to shoot at inanimate objects.
In Seattle in 2004, Alexis was arrested for shooting out the tires of a construction worker who, Alexis told police, had “mocked him” and “disrespected him.” Although the police report does not specify the race of the construction, the language suggests that he was white.
The case was referred to Seattle Municipal Court for charges of property damage and discharge of a firearm. In this case, as in several others throughout his life, Alexis seems to have escaped serious punishment, if anything, because of his race.
In Fort Worth in 2010, Alexis was arrested again, this time for shooting a hole through the floor of a woman’s apartment. In this case, too, there is no reference to the race of the woman he had intimidated.
This incident was part of the “pattern of misconduct” that led to his discharge from the Navy in 2011. Despite the two arrests, however, Alexis was able to secure work for a defense contractor and maintain his security clearance.
Suthamtewkal spoke of Alexis’ “growing sense of entitlement and disrespect.” Said she, “He did have the tendency to feel like people owed him something all the time.”
Friend Michael Ritrovato told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Alexis was “a liberal type” who supported Barack Obama. Despite Obama’s presidency, however, Suthamtewkal felt that Alexis “was not happy with America” and was threatening to move out of the country.
In his unhappiness, he was not unique. A comprehensive poll taken by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal this summer showed that Obama failed in the one area in which even the opposition hoped he would succeed: bridging the racial divide.
In the month of his inauguration, 79 percent of whites and 63 percent of blacks held a favorable view of race relations in America.
By July 2013, those figures had fallen to 52 percent among whites and 38 percent among blacks, a calamitous decline, rarely addressed, never explained.
Although there are as many reasons for the decline in those numbers as there are for the decline in Alexis’ mental health, one fact seems undeniable: The media have continued to drum into the head of African-Americans the pervasiveness of racism in America, Obama’s election notwithstanding.
Indeed, by repeatedly interpreting criticism of Obama as racially based, the media have aggravated the tension between blacks and non-blacks.
For instance, when Jesse Jackson hurried home from Belgium in March 2012 to grab his share of the George Zimmerman-bashing limelight, he quickly dismissed the effects of the Obama election.
“There was this feeling that we were kind of beyond racism,” he told the Los Angeles Times on March 23. “That’s not true. [Obama’s] victory has triggered tremendous backlash.”
This was pure black grievance industry messaging: If things had changed for African-Americans post-Obama, they had only gotten worse. “Blacks are under attack,” Jackson assured the media, which phrase the Times used in its absurdly provocative headline.
In his paranoia and rage, Alexis seemed not at all unlike former L.A. cop and fellow Navy reservist Christopher Dorner. In February 2012, Dorner found it much easier to hold a white establishment accountable for his homicidal spree than the personal demons that beset him.
We do not have to wonder from which sources Dorner pulled his insights. He told us. “Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead.”
It remains to be see from which source Alexis gleaned his inspiration, but it is not hard to imagine.