Another dangerous white person has taken his proclivity for violence to serial killer levels. Robert Hawkins took an AK-47 assault rifle to the local mall in Omaha, Nebraska, went to the third floor of the heavily populated passageway of one of the anchor stores and opened fire on the people in the area. According to the early reports on the CBS Morning News, Hawkins fired thirty five times, killed eight people, wounded five people with two of them critically injured, and then he committed suicide. He left a suicide note with his landlord for the past year Debora Maruca-Kovac saying something to the effect of, I was a piece of shit all my life and now I’ll be famous.
Robert Hawkins had troubles. His parents put him out of their house a year ago and Ms. Maruca-Kovac took him in. He lost his job at the local McDonald’s. He had recently broken up with his girlfriend. He had been accused of petty theft from the department store involved. This nineteen year old or so young man’s life was closing in all around him. So he figured he’d throw in the cards and check out early. But instead of being able to just go away and do his suicide he had to do it in high profile style by taking out as many people as he could around him.
How the hell do you get fired from McDonald’s? What type of character does this man have where he gets fired from one of the easiest jobs on the planet? Just do what you’re told and show up to work on time most of the time and you’re set. I know a lot of people who quit McDonald’s for whatever reason. But fired? And to compound this question we have to throw in the fact that this is a person, barely out of his teen years, who was kicked out of the family home.
This is the type of character who is looking for the proverbial pity party. Ms. Maruca-Kovac said, “He just said how he was sorry for everything, that he didn’t want to be a burden any longer to anybody, that he loved his family and he loved all of his friends.” He didn’t want to be a burden to anybody. And yet, this man takes a rifle into a mall and burdens at least eight families with the senseless lost of a loved one and five other families with worry over the recover of their loved one. He doesn’t want to be a burden, but he wants to be famous for his cowardly act of suicide. This is the type of character that wants to be remembered as a heinous, infamous murderer. I really don’t know for sure if this man truly lived his life as a piece of shit. But I certainly do know that he died as one.
Add Robert Hawkins to the list of mall shooters. His peers are people like Sulejmen Talovic, the eighteen year old Bosnian immigrant who killed five and injured four when he opened fire in the Trolley Square mall in Salt Lake City, Utah back in February of this year. Another one is Dominick Maldonado of Tacoma, Washington who injured six people at the Tacoma Mall and took others hostage while he held police off for five hours. When he surrendered he told police that he had been humiliated during a troubled childhood and that recent problems made him want to be heard. These people rank right up there with the Columbine shooting brethren.
Be it some kind of place for shopping, a school, a place of employment, or any place where the public gathers some white guy some where is running ideas and scenarios in the back of his head for some time in the future when he looses it because he’s having a bad day. This happens more often than many people care to admit. But interestingly, even with all this activity and all this history of white men’s violence, it is the black man that is constantly depicted as the one that is most violent
Martin Lee Anderson was killed by authorities and yet he never killed or stole anything from anyone. Genarlow Wilson was jailed for engaging in consensual sex with a girl only two years his junior. The young men from the Jena Six may have been accused of trying to kill Justin Baker with their tennis shoes, but if they wanted to commit murder then they should have followed Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold’s example. Kheil Coppin was a black Brooklyn teenager who needed some understanding. Instead he got a butt load of bullets for holding a hair brush. And these are just some of the high profile abuse of black people who are supposed to be so much more violent than white people.
But if one takes an honest look at who is truly committing violent crimes without the predilection to prove black people are evil because they are black people, the examiner will see that black people are not the most murderous of thugs that require the heavy hand of the law as a response to this imagined threat. Not by a long shot from an assault rifle inside a mall at the height of the holiday season by the hands of a real killer.