Omar Thornton, formerly of Connecticut killed 5 people at the ‘Hartford Distributors’ plant he worked for. The family of Thornton claimed that he was constantly harassed the whole time he was at the plant, with hanging nooses in the bathroom, and written threats for his life with regards to him being black.
Very few people will ever know the extent of the death threats or harassment, because one group of friends or family will portray it one way, and the other group another. That being the case, this shooting was triggered by either the man, Thornton being a paranoid-schizophrenic, or that he was constantly harassed and driven to this breaking-point.
‘But we elected a black president, so there’s no way racism happens anymore.’
Ever hear somebody express that thesis before, and give it credibility. Foolishly enough, a lot of people think that way. They think the days of openly racist feelings are over because the government said so, with the ‘Civil Rights Act.’ Some inaccurately associate racism with slavery, and segregation, and think cause those things no longer exist that racism no longer exists. Ignoring the fact, that the seeds of a racist sub-conscious perpetuate negative feelings towards blacks, and puts the onus on blacks to relieve those doubts.
Of course society will not let you express racist feelings, but that is not keeping racist people from coming to conclusions about someone because of their skin color. I don’t doubt that this man was driven to this point by being constantly harassed. He was the only black employee in the plant, and in the neighborhood. It is not unreasonable to think that the people of that community felt more comfortable having an all-white neighborhood. Otherwise whites would not be so eager to leave their communities that were becoming more populated by blacks.
Most will say they are just words, and a kill-spree like that cannot be justified. I’m not one to side with the likes of the Columbine murderers, Dylan Klebold, and Eric Harris, the DC snipers Lee Malvo, and John Muhammad, or the Virgina Tech shooter. Those motherfuckers were twisted, paranoid-schizophrenics. And it’s not like every person kills someone because they call them names. But if someone’s life is being repeatedly threatened, and there are nooses hanging around, directed towards them on a everyday basis? That is going to drive them to the breaking point. And the perpetrators who made those threats are not victims because they were killed. It’s the same as throwing rocks at a bear, when it mauls you, you’re not a victim, you’re the instigator.
You make death threats for years, don’t be surprised when that person you are making death threats to, kills you. That’s a form of self-defense, where Omar fucked up is he didn’t stick around to get acquitted. But the cops probably would of shot him anyway.