As probably most everyone who isn’t unconscious today knows by now, this man got irate when a couple of men objected to him yelling racist slurs at two women on a train in Portland, and proceeded to cut both men’s throats, killing them.
He is white, of course, so he wasn’t killed on the spot by the police, and isn’t being called a “terrorist,” although that is exactly what he is.
But what I found fascinating was his Facebook page.
I present some screen shots. To get these, I didn’t do a lot of cherry-picking. I scrolled down, began to feel a sort of prickly feeling on the back of my neck, and then began grabbing screen shots.
There are a few I skipped. Some were redundant, just repeats of others. And there were a couple of sports-related posts that didn’t interest me.
But I did not skip many.
I’m going to present these in the order in which I saw them.
And at this point, I was curious, so I went back in time a bit further.
As I mentioned above, this whole sequence made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
However, hair standing up is not evidence of anything except that I felt weird reading it.
Correlation is not causation. Roosters think that their crowing causes the sun to rise, which is why they strut around the way they do, but they are mistaken. And Facebook memes don’t tell us what people are going to do.
However, if I were a police officer, and I needed to serve somebody with papers of some sort, or execute an emergency removal of some children, or anything else that I thought the recipient might be less than happy about, I would not hesitate to peruse their Facebook page first to see if it follows this sort of pattern and then take appropriate precautions, just in case.