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Was Micah Johnson (the Dallas cop killer) racist?

Was Micah Johnson (the Dallas cop killer) racist?


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Isn't targeting someone for murder due in large part to their race petty clearly racist? Yet, of all the things I've seen written or said about him, I haven't seen him described as a racist. What's your opinion?
 

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Isn't targeting someone for murder due in large part to their race petty clearly racist? Yet, of all the things I've seen written or said about him, I haven't seen him described as a racist. What's your opinion?

I said it himself when he said he hated white people and wanted to kill white cops. No doubt at all that he is a racist. Of-course there are some that will make the ludicrous claim that only whites can be racists but intelligent people know that is just BS.
 

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Isn't targeting someone for murder due in large part to their race petty clearly racist? Yet, of all the things I've seen written or said about him, I haven't seen him described as a racist. What's your opinion?

Yes, Micah Johnson was racist. He said he was targeting white cops, so I think it's pretty undeniable at this point.
 

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Isn't targeting someone for murder due in large part to their race petty clearly racist? Yet, of all the things I've seen written or said about him, I haven't seen him described as a racist. What's your opinion?

We can't ask him, can we.
 

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According to Obama, its hard to understand the motives.
 

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We can't ask him, can we.

Nope, he is quite throughly dead. All we have to go on is his actions and statements prior to being blown all to hell. I'd trust making a judgment on those things over anything he'd say now even if he could talk.
 

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I voted "I don't know."

He blamed white cops for his lot in life, and he took action against that. In other words, he targeted his actions solely against his perceived aggressors.

Were Russians who fought against Germany in WW2 racists because they took up arms against their aggressors? Slightly different, but not that much. It's only wholly different if you choose to wear blinders and only look at the action absent any motivation.
 

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We can't ask him, can we.

I would bet the DPD have a recording of his comments, you do not believe the Chief of Police?
 

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I voted "I don't know."

He blamed white cops for his lot in life, and he took action against that. In other words, he targeted his actions solely against his perceived aggressors.

Were Russians who fought against Germany in WW2 racists because they took up arms against their aggressors? Slightly different, but not that much. It's only wholly different if you choose to wear blinders and only look at the action absent any motivation.
He also said he hated Whites, that is ALL Whites. Yes, he is a Racist.
 

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Isn't targeting someone for murder due in large part to their race petty clearly racist? Yet, of all the things I've seen written or said about him, I haven't seen him described as a racist. What's your opinion?

I'm pretty strict with my definition of race.
I don't think I saw anything racist said by him, so I'd say no.
 

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if he selected people as targets only because of the color of their skin, how could the bastard NOT be found to be a racist
 

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He told a black police negotiator that he was strictly looking to kill white people.

“The suspect said he was upset at white people” said Brown. “He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.”

Yes, he was a racist. I can't believe anyone would think otherwise.
 

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Words have meaning, not just nouns and verbs, but adjectives as well.
Who did he want to kill..Cops, What kind of cops..White.
Who did he actually kill, White Cops.
I think Micah Johnson qualifies by most measures as a racist.
 

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I voted "I don't know."

He blamed white cops for his lot in life, and he took action against that. In other words, he targeted his actions solely against his perceived aggressors.

Were Russians who fought against Germany in WW2 racists because they took up arms against their aggressors? Slightly different, but not that much. It's only wholly different if you choose to wear blinders and only look at the action absent any motivation.

I didn't read that he blamed white cops for his lot in life. What was wrong with his lot in life?
 

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I voted "I don't know."

He blamed white cops for his lot in life, and he took action against that. In other words, he targeted his actions solely against his perceived aggressors.

Were Russians who fought against Germany in WW2 racists because they took up arms against their aggressors? Slightly different, but not that much. It's only wholly different if you choose to wear blinders and only look at the action absent any motivation.

Racism has become just a throw away insult now.
I think "I don't know" or a presumptive no is the best choice.
Until concrete evidence emerges.

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Racism has become just a throw away insult now.
I think "I don't know" or a presumptive no is the best choice.
Until concrete evidence emerges.

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It really has.

I also feel like racism has become "the new abortion" in the sense that it is impossible to debate rationally.
 

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Racism has become just a throw away insult now.
I think "I don't know" or a presumptive no is the best choice.
Until concrete evidence emerges.

Join me in, Makeracismgreatagain, errrr Makeracismmeansomethingagain.

Evidence, like his own words? But then again you would not want to get anyone mad at you for pointing out the truth.
 

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It really has.

I also feel like racism has become "the new abortion" in the sense that it is impossible to debate rationally.

Except in this case he made it perfectly clear by his own words and actions. :roll:
 

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Isn't targeting someone for murder due in large part to their race petty clearly racist? Yet, of all the things I've seen written or said about him, I haven't seen him described as a racist. What's your opinion?

Is this poll really necessary? Dude said he hated white people and wanted to kill white cops. Pretty open and shut on the racist front.
 

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Racism has become just a throw away insult now.
I think "I don't know" or a presumptive no is the best choice.
Until concrete evidence emerges.

Join me in, Makeracismgreatagain, errrr Makeracismmeansomethingagain.

Killing someone due to their race is not concrete enough?
 

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I voted "I don't know."

He blamed white cops for his lot in life, and he took action against that. In other words, he targeted his actions solely against his perceived aggressors.

Were Russians who fought against Germany in WW2 racists because they took up arms against their aggressors? Slightly different, but not that much. It's only wholly different if you choose to wear blinders and only look at the action absent any motivation.

Weren't the Russians primarily white as was the Germans? To say that is not much different than Johnson targeting white cops is not something I can agree with. It does raise another question though. Forgot the exact numbers but white cops killing black people is an extremely rare event, like the numbers do not bear out this systematic killing of black people by white cops and yet many say the concerns of BLM are completely legit. On the other hand, I often hear that concern over being the victim of terrorism in the US is irrational and exaggerated because it is also extremely rare. So why is one totally legit and the other isn't?

You don't have to try to answer that rambling mess. I'm just thinking out loud (so to speak).
 

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Weren't the Russians primarily white as was the Germans? To say that is not much different than Johnson targeting white cops is not something I can agree with. It does raise another question though. Forgot the exact numbers but white cops killing black people is an extremely rare event, like the numbers do not bear out this systematic killing of black people by white cops and yet many say the concerns of BLM are completely legit. On the other hand, I often hear that concern over being the victim of terrorism in the US is irrational and exaggerated because it is also extremely rare. So why is one totally legit and the other isn't?

You don't have to try to answer that rambling mess. I'm just thinking out loud (so to speak).
The Russian/German thing was just an example of targeting "others", or "them".

As far as the number, I believe you are correct, hence my qualification by using the word "perceived". He may have indeed been incorrect, but I think he honestly believed it.
 

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Isn't targeting someone for murder due in large part to their race petty clearly racist? Yet, of all the things I've seen written or said about him, I haven't seen him described as a racist. What's your opinion?

I wouldn't say he was a racist. I'd label him as just being an angry black man who targeted white Dallas Police officers for a specific reason - the aggressive abuse and unwarranted killing of black men/women at the hands of police officers. Granted, according to Dallas Police, Micah Johnson said he wanted to kill white people, but he was specific as to what white people he wanted to kill - those who wore the uniform of law enforcement officers. Tragically, those whom he targeted happened to be of the Dallas Police Department.

So, I wouldn't say he was racist due to the fact that he targeted certain people for a specific reason and this despite the fact that he apparently was a member of the New Black Panther Party (or at least supported them). I'm sure I'll get some blow-back for this, but had Johnson killed every white person within his sights, then I'd agree he was a racist. But based on the limited information we know about him (or more accurately, what limited information I know about him), I can't label him a racist without knowing his anger was less focused on law enforcement and more focus on all white people in general.
 
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