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Racist Murderer Owned Divisive Flag [UPDATED]

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Here’s how you can take a huge news story and make it completely different, just by changing a few colors.

Ruth Sherlock, The Telegraph (UK):

The Telegraph has obtained exclusive pictures and video footage from inside the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan, revealing details of the gunman’s life in the days before he murdered Alison Palmer and Adam Ward…

In a raid on the apartment on Wednesday, police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag.

To recap:

Dylann Roof is a white, heterosexual racist who murdered black people. He owned a Confederate flag. Therefore, we need to ban the Confederate flag.

Vester Flanagan was a black, gay racist who murdered white people. He owned a rainbow flag. Therefore, we need to ban guns.

Because not all flags are created equal. Isn’t that right, CNN’s Sally Kohn?

In addition, Kohn sees no reason to believe an insane racist murderer didn’t have a legitimate complaint, as long as he checks off the proper boxes:

Once again, it all boils down to which party in a dispute is the designated victim.

    • Dylann Roof is pale of hue, so that explains everything: White people are racist.
    • Vester Flanagan’s skin was of a darker tone, and he was gay, so there must be some other explanation: White people are racist.

Hat tip to John Nolte. He’s been right about this story from the start, which is, of course, racist.

Update: When Will ABC News Release the Full Vester Flanagan Manifesto?

Update: Before he killed himself like the coward he was, Flanagan (AKA Bryce Williams) made the following claim about Alison Parker, one of the people he had just murdered on live television.


Then he posted cellphone video of himself committing the murders. If there’s a connection to be made there, a lot of people don’t want to make it.

What were those “racist comments”? Marisa Schultz and Frank Rosario, NY Post:

The words are a part of everyday conversation — “swinging” by an address and going out in the “field…”

The 24-year-old white reporter [Alison Parker], who was murdered on live TV along with her cameraman, used the phrases as an intern at ­WDBJ TV in Roanoke in 2012, according to an internal complaint filed by Flanagan, who was black.

“One was something about ‘swinging’ by some place; the other was out in the ‘field,’ ” said the Jan. 21 report by assistant news director Greg Baldwin, which refers to Parker as Alison Bailey (her middle name).

These days, most people who have ridiculously hypersensitive complaints like this will merely tweet about them. At worst, they’ll try to have the “aggressor” fired or kicked out of college or otherwise shunned. We call these people social justice warriors, or SJWs.

Vester Flanagan took it to the next level. Unfortunately, “trigger warning” is no longer just an annoying, overused phrase.

Any thoughts, Ms. Kohn?