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If you had just gotten into a car accident with a person of another race or just lost out on a job opportunity to a person of another race, your first words or thoughts might be race-based insults. This wouldn’t necessarily make you a racist, however. This is just the natural emotional reaction of a person that had come up on the losing end blaming his or her loss on the most obvious difference between him or herself and the other party.

So while it’s possible that George Sodini- the man that killed three women, injured nine others, then killed himself in a Pittsburgh-area gym- saw every young white girl on the arm of a young Black man as the reason why he wasn’t getting any female attention, I don’t happen to think that’s the real reason he went on his shooting spree.

Sure, Sodini wrote in his journal;

I got ideas outside of Obama’s plans for the economy and such. Here it is: Every black man should get a young white girl hoe to hone up on. Kinda a reverse indentured servitude thing. Long ago, many a older white male landowner had a young Negro wench girl for his desires. Bout’ time tables are turned on that shit. Besides, dem young white hoez dig da bruthrs! LOL. More so than they dig the white dudes!

But Sodini also planned for the journal to be found. He wanted attention, even after his death. And nothing grabs attention faster in the Age of Obama faster than any signs of possible racism.

Maybe it’s just me, but don’t you think that if Sodini had really been a racist, his first instinct would have been to go on a shooting spree somewhere inside of one of Pittsburgh’s Black communities?

What’s much more likely, I think, in the case of George Sodini was that he was a raging, self-loathing misogynist with personal sexuality issues that in the end destroyed him. The racist stuff was just a red herring to get us to ignore the otherwise obvious.

Pause: but if you look at the picture above, in all honesty you have to admit that George Sodini wasn’t a bad looking man. Yet he claimed to have gone without sex since 1990 and gone without having a girlfriend since 1984.

That takes some effort.

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