aside White Supremacist Terrorism Has Cost Richard Collins III, His Life

Image result for PHOTOS OF TRUMP RALLIESWithin a week in May, 2017, there have been two separate “acts of terrorism” perpetrated on innocent victims by White Supremacists,’ one in Portland, Oregon on 5/26/17, where three men were stabbed with two being fatalities, because they were protecting two Muslim young women; and the other, Richard Collins 111, 23, a newly commissioned U.S. Army lieutenant and a Bowie College student who was fatally stabbed on 5/20/17, while he was at a University of Maryland bus stop.

“We the people” are still waiting for the republican President Donald Trump to publicly denounce these hate inspired “acts of terrorism” by White Supremacists with the same fervor he displays when he decries acts of terrorism by those of the Islamic faiths.

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Richard Collins III

As per a 5/23/17 AP report by Brian Witte, “A black Bowie State University student who was fatally stabbed by a white stranger was honored Tuesday (5/23/17) at the commencement ceremony where he would have walked across the stage.”

“The gown of Richard Collins III was draped over a chair in the front row, and his family accepted his business administration degree.”

 “The historically black school’s commencement was held in a sports arena at the nearby College Park campus of the University of Maryland, where Collins was killed early Saturday (5/20/17).”

“Moments after the stabbing, witnesses directed officers to a white Maryland student sitting nearby with a knife in his pocket, police said.”

“Bowie State President Mickey Burnim asked graduates to remember Collins.”

Image result for photos of richard collins iii“Let us pause now in a moment of silence and contemplation of what each of us might do to promote greater peace, harmony and love that seems to be so lacking in our country and our world today,” he said.

“Authorities have appealed for patience from both college communities as they investigate the background of Sean Urbanski, now jailed on murder charges. Police are considering it a possible hate crime, because Urbanski became a member of a racist Facebook group several months ago.”

“I know people are hurting,” Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Monday (5/22/17), “I know that people are drawing conclusions. I know that social media moves in its own way.”

“But I’m asking as the chief of police in Prince George’s County … that we take pause and allow all these investigators to do their work. They will know to a certainty what lies behind this, but we’re not there yet.”

Image result for photos of richard collins iii“Collins, 23, who was visiting friends at the College Park campus, had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.”

“Lt. Col. Joel Thomas, who runs the Bowie State ROTC unit, said at a vigil Monday night that Collins could have been an outstanding military leader.”

“Richard cared deeply about his friends, cared deeply about others and he was exactly what we are looking for when we’re selecting officers for the United States Army,” Thomas said.”

“Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan posted Monday (5/22/17) on Facebook that the person responsible must be fully prosecuted. “Violence and hatred have no place in our communities and will never be tolerated,” he said.”

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DAD OF RICHARD COLLINS III ACCEPTS DIPLOMA

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It is now, May 29, 2017, and it is probable that President Trump  will not be speaking out against these White Supremacists’ hate inspired acts towards minority groups.

On 5/26/17, Clarence Paige of the Chicago Tribune posted his commentary, “Richard Collins III’s death a grim reminder that hate thrives – even on campus.”

Excerpts:

As the group Vanguard America sees it, a white person these days just can’t catch a break.

“We hear it every day: ‘Whiteness’ is evil, and must be destroyed,” says the group on its website. “Our religion, our traditions, and our identity are dragged through the mud by the globalist establishment while millions of nonwhites flood our nation every year.”

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WHITE SUPREMACIST/ RICHARD COLLINS III

“If current trends continue, White Americans will be a minority by 2044,” their statement babbles on. “It’s time to take a stand.”

“Right. Whatever happened to lifting yourself up by your own bootstraps?”

“Why do these so-called alt-right white nationalist groups (neo-Nazi or neo-Ku Klux Klan is more accurate) tirelessly complain about intolerant, hypersensitive “snowflake” liberals even as they clutch their pearls and whine at the slightest offense to white male privilege?”

“I have tried mightily to ignore this latest surge in white supremacist activism that happens to have coincided with the rise of President Trump, until our son came home with one of the flyers that American Vanguard has distributed on the University of Maryland campus in College Park in the past academic year.”

“He was visibly upset. One of his closest white friends was falling for the white-Christian-supremacist bulljive.

I sympathized. Some people are going to disappoint you in life, I counseled. Maybe your friend is just going through a phase. Maybe he is insecure and confused about growing up. That’s the sort of easy mark that these crackpot groups always target.”

“The University of Maryland flyers appeared three times on the campus this year. Similar flyers popped up at George Washington University in nearby Washington, where the FBI stepped in recently to help American University investigate the hanging of bananas in little nooses on campus. The strange fruit was found the same day that a black woman took office as student government president for the first time in the university’s history.”

Related image“The Anti-Defamation League says more than 140 such incidents have happened this academic year at more than 100 campuses in 33 states, with more than half of them since January. The newer groups go by such names as Identity Evropa, the Right Stuff and Traditionalist Worker Party.”

“The dangers in this national hate crusade poked through with bracing clarity Friday (5/26/17) as mourners gathered at the funeral of Richard Collins III, 23, a newly commissioned U.S. Army lieutenant.”

“A 22-year-old Maryland student named Sean Christopher Urbanski walked toward them, according to witnesses, and said gruffly, “Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you.”

“Collins stood his ground. “No,” he said.”

“With no more provocation than that, witnesses said, Urbanski stabbed Collins in the chest and fled. Collins died at the hospital. Urbanski was arrested a short distance from the scene.”Image result for photos of richard collins iii

“The story went viral nationally after police found on Urbanski’s Facebook page that he was a member of an online hate group called “Alt-Reich Nation,” a website that was later taken down.”

“Campus police Chief David Mitchell asked the FBI to assist after learning of Urbanski’s connection to Alt-Reich, which Mitchell described as “despicable” in its extreme bias against women, Latinos, Jews and “especially African-Americans.”

“Yet, Urbanski was charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault but not a hate crime. Evidence was insufficient to link Urbanski’s racial attitudes to his alleged actions. His lawyer said drugs and alcohol may have been a factor.”

Image result for photos of richard collins iii“At least, we can see the claims of alt-right snowflakes proved wrong again. White people still get the benefit of the doubt when suspected of a hate crime, as they should — just like anybody else.”

“Beyond that, it is encouraging to see students and university officials push back (PEACEFULLY) against the racist right’s recruitment drives. Good people can’t hide from hate on campus or anywhere else. Bad speech must be met by better speech.”

19 comments

  1. Gronda, as we have discussed, there are over 1,000 hate groups being tracked in the US that have nothing to do with Islam; they are mostly white supremacist groups. To the dismay of law enforcement, while increasing funding for Islamic terrorists, our President decreased funding for the much greater threat of domestic terror from these other groups.

    The President was shamed into saying something by Dan Rather on the Oregon killings, but he used his official site, rather than his more read personal Twitter. My guess is he did not want to antagonize his Bannon inspired fans.

    We must be better than this. It is obvious our President is not. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I am convinced thar DDT is a closet racist, misogynist, xenophobe, islamophobe, and you name it. That is why he is more at home with the likes of a Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller,and previously General Mike Flynn and that is why he is at least trying to honor his promises to the alt-right.

      I feel less safe now than I did before DDT took office.

      He is basing policies on “fake news.”

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. This is outrageous, why are FB racist hate groups even allowed? The FB community should really monitor and shut down such inflammatory forums which may encourage young ppl to hate. This tragic incident may have been avoided if social media platforms were more responsible and local communities support our youths.

    It would help if our President said a few hopeful words, denounce racism as much as his terrorism fetish, and unite the country in time of mourning.

    • Do you suppose the 1st Amendment could have anything to do with them being on FB? Censorship comes with a high price tag, are you willing to pay the price?

      • Dear Crustyolemothman,

        This is what I wrote to 1EarthUnited: I am guessing that FB has been trying to close down these accounts, because a lot of these White Supremacists groups have been congregating on a Russian version of FB location called VKontakte.

        This really does bother me that in effect, the Russians are sponsoring these hate groups.

        Ciao, Gronda

      • Free speech comes with responsibilities, if certain speech may lead to harm/ violate rights of other individuals, then that line has been crossed and FB has the responsibility to shut it down. Ex: you cannot yell FIRE in a crowded theatre.

        Liberals also demanded removal of ALT- Right FB, Twitter pages. Due to political pressure the social media giants complied. Just google, “facebook twitter ban censor alt right”. Does censorship of Alt- right sites violate their 1st Amendment rights? Does our rights as a sovereign individual depend upon political affiliation?

        Personally I’m not an alt-right Trump supporter so I can care less if they’re banned, but I can see the free speech argument addressed by conservatives. Interesting point you’ve brought up Crusty.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      I do have a FB account which I don’t use. I am guessing that FB has been trying to close down these accounts, because a lot of these White Supremacists groups have been congregating on a Russian version of FB location called VKontakte.

      According to a January 2016 post by the Atlantic, “The social network has become a home for white-power groups who were pushed off of Facebook for hate speech, or who want to connect with fellow racists in other countries.”.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. I’m still waiting (obviously in vain) for Mr. Trump to say something about this promising young man who was about to begin his military career as an Army Lieutenant. While perhaps drug and alcohol played a role in this tragedy, to me it’s fairly obvious that racism also did, given Urbanski’s following of the Alt-Reich FB page. I’m not sure why this doesn’t automatically make this a hate crime.

  4. This is part of a disturbing pattern, I think, not just with Trump but with many of us. The disturbing pattern is that when black lives are killed, there are a few prayers, or silence, or worse. I even wrote about that in my most recent blog post: https://blindinjusticeblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/addressing-silence-on-black-lives/. But what you said about Trump not addressing this tragedy with the same fervor as Islamic terrorists is also extremely true and sad.

    • Dear Brendan Birth,

      There is truth in what you say about there being too much silence when Black peoples are victims but there are lots of us who fight this.

      These White Supremacists are an equal opportunity offender where any and all folks who are of a minority status can fall victim.

      Welcome to the blogging world. There are a few of us who got our start with the Trayvon Martin case. Progress was being made until Donald Trump took residence into the White House. Check out Xena’s blog of “Blackbutterfly7 as she also started blogging with the Trayvon Martin case.

      After the Trayvon Martin case, I rarely blogged until the Michael Brown case came along which is a story that just about everyone in the media and justice systems got wrong.

      Thanks for stopping by and Ciao, Gronda

  5. You really don’t want to have me expanding on my views on how to deal with these creatures.
    History teaches they will sew a wind and reap a whirlwind they will not have the backbone to deal with.
    (Sorry Gronda- I’m in a rant mood, which usually follows reading another history of WWII and the reasons why it arose)

    • Dear Roger,

      Personally I would love to tar and feather these guys while they are strung upside down as I inflict indescribable pain but alas, that is just my imagination run amok.

      You would hope that we would learn our lessons from history. There is truly nothing new under the sun.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Another day dream of mine would be to have a time machine and drag a few of them back to Berlin in May 1945 just as the Russian move in and see what they think then about how well Hitler did for Germany.
        Take care and keep safe Gronda

  6. How on earth can they imagine they’re ‘lifting themselves up’. They’re lowering themselves and slopping in the mud like pigs. Looking at the killer’s eyes it appears he’s high on something. It seems to me Facebook needs to hire people to find these damaging websites before they poison so many lives. 😦 — Suzanne

    • Dear Patriciaruthsusan,

      WELCOME!

      Facebook is acting to shut down these folks’ hate speech but it is not doing enough. A watch-group gives Facebook a B- for this category. But those who have been kicked off are gravitating to VK which is a Russian version of Facebook where almost no one gets kicked off.

      Thanks for stopping by and Ciao, Gronda

      • I would think Russia would worry people within their country will begin to feel empowered and start mischief there. I’d think that would be the last thing they’d want. Of course, if it’s Russian hackers or hackers hired by Russia online instead of ordinary citizens that’s a whole different story. 😦 — Suzanne

        • Dear Suzanne,

          I doubt that Russians wouldt get away with these actions. It is a police state. What is worrying to me is the build up of Nazi/ White Supremacists type groups in other countries outside of Russia. This VK can be used by Russian operatives as a tool to cause chaos in these other regions.

          Hugs, Gronda

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