March 23, 2017
Swordsman James Harris Jackson does not represent White Supremacy, which is a peaceful faith.
A horrible incident took place in New York City this week.
New York City officials are calling the death of a black man who they say was repeatedly stabbed with a sword by a white U.S. Army veteran from Baltimore, “an assault” on the city’s inclusiveness and diversity.
James Harris Jackson took a bus to New York to target black men when he encountered Timothy Caughman, who was collecting bottles from trash cans, and stabbed him in his chest and back with a 26-inch sword, Assistant Chief William Aubrey said. Jackson, 28, had been wandering the streets in a long overcoat, which concealed the sword, Aubrey said.
He turned himself in at a Times Square police station early Wednesday, about 25 hours after the wounded Caughman staggered into a police precinct.
Jackson, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, told police that he had harbored feelings of hatred toward black men for at least 10 years, authorities said. He traveled to New York on March 17 and had been staying in a Manhattan hotel.
“The reason he picked New York is because it’s the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement,” Aubrey said.
Though we should acknowledge the tragedy of what Jackson did, the most important thing for us to remember is that he does not represent White Supremacy. White Supremacy is a religion of peace, and the overwhelming majority of White Supremacists are peaceful members of society who do not agree with stabbing random black people with swords.
The attack has nothing at all to do with the religion of White Supremacy, and white supremacists are under no obligation to apologize for this attack.
In fact, White Supremacists are now going to be subject to unfair scrutiny and prejudice in light of this attack. There is a threat now that people with swastika tattoos, Screwdriver t-shirts, shaved heads or other cultural symbols of White Supremacy will be unfairly discriminated against after this attack.
It’s time for society to rally around White Supremacists, and show that we don’t blame them for the single act of someone who wrongly used their beliefs for evil.
As many White Supremacists are now saying that they’re going to cover-up their swastika tattoos and wear hats to cover their shaved heads in light of the coming backlash against it, I am proposing an #IllRideWithYou hashtag to be used by people volunteering to accompany White Supremacists on their way to work, to ensure that they are safe and not victimized by bigots who would wrongly associate them with this attack whcih, again, has absolutely nothing to do with White Supremacy.
I’m proud to report that the hashtag has taken off, and lots of kind citizens are volunteering to ride with White Supremacists to ensure that they’re safe on their journeys.
— Kristen Boschma (@Kristen_Boschma) December 15, 2014
— Van Badham (@vanbadham) December 15, 2014
#illridewithyou should now be our standard for public transport. Let anyone trying to hurt others see very clearly how isolated they are
— Ben Pobjie (@benpobjie) December 15, 2014
Extremists win by instilling fear. Fight back by banding together instead. So proud that some of my countrymen are. #illridewithyou
— Next to Nicx (@nexttonicx) December 15, 2014
It’s really encouraging to see people banding together like this, showing White Supremacists that they don’t have to be ashamed, because they’ve done nothing wrong.