Within 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.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”