Did “White Guilt” Play A Role in the Navy Yard Slaughter?

by lewwaters

White guilt is a form of self-congratulation, where whites initiate ‘compassionate policies’ toward people of color, to showcase their innocence to racism.” George Will, Columnist

Black PowerTragedy once again unfolded early morning September 16, 2013 as gunfire opened inside the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C., ultimately seeing 12 innocent people and the shooter dead and with many more injured.

No known motive has yet been revealed and there are many questions being asked, mostly centered around security, just who was Aaron Alexis, the 34 year old man said to have entered the building and killed so many and as information is coming out, many are wondering just how this man obtained and held a Security Clearance to access the Navy Yard, much less allow him to buy the shot gun officials now say was used in the killings.

Once identifying Alexis as the shooter, within hour’s reports began appearing in the media of a very troubled man with a history of mental instability, misconduct while in the Navy Reserves and at least two run-ins with law enforcement over gun charges.

While many who knew Alexis were stunned with disbelief of him doing such a heinous act, we began reading accounts of him being “was pushed out of the military because of repeated incidents and arrests” from a quote in the Wall Street Journal Monday evening from an unidentified defense official.

We read of a run-in with the law in Seattle in 2004 where Alexis is said to have shot out the tires of someone’s car that he felt “disrespected” him. He explained that incident as “anger-fueled blackout.”

In 2010 he was said to have shot through the floor of an apartment above him in Ft. Worth, Texas, narrowly missing the occupant, a woman he often complained “made too much noise.” He explained that as the gun going off accidentally while cleaning it.

His own father, when contacted, claimed he “had been involved in 9/11 rescue efforts and had post-traumatic stress and anger-management issues.”

It’s known now that he had been treated for paranoia and hearing voices in his head.

Yet, in spite of such a record, he held a security clearance to enter the Navy yard and passed both an F.B.I. and State of Virginia background check to ‘legally’ purchase the shotgun he used to kill and take a handgun off of one of the security guards.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel admits “there were a lot of red flags missed in the security clearance process,” adding “Why they didn’t get picked up, why they didn’t get incorporated into the clearance process, what he was doing, those are all legitimate questions that we’re going to be dealing with.”

While there will no doubt be Senate and House hearings, accusations will be hurled and much finger-pointing amid renewed calls for “background checks” and more gun control laws, will there be any focus on the deterioration of race relations in the country?

Aaron Alexis

Aaron Alexis

What is unusual in this mass shooting is the shooter was a Black man. Not that Blacks don’t kill, but we rarely hear of a Black man committing one of these mass killings.

His being Black has nothing itself to do with his mental state nor is it a direct reason for shooting those people, but I can’t help but wonder if it is a reason so many red flags that should have been caught in his records weren’t there?

Referring back to the quote at the top of this post, many people are scared to death to be labeled a racist” today and have been known to bend over backwards when dealing with Blacks because of that fear.

On some occasions, a few Blacks have taken advantage of this “white guilt” to get ahead or allege wrongdoing if terminated from or denied a position.

An NBC Report is claiming a friend saying,

“He felt like he had been cheated out of money from the contract and complained that he was mistreated because he was black. He felt a lot of discrimination and racism with white people especially. He did have the tendency to feel like people owed him something all the time.”

Yet, so many red flags that should have denied him not only his security clearance but the ability to legally purchase a shotgun and ammunition were not in his records when the background checks were performed.


I cannot say with complete confidence, naturally, but I just can’t help but wonder if the attitude his friend described of discrimination and racism from whites was projected unto others over the years and out of fear of being labeled a “racist,” encouraged them not to put those red flags into his records.

Without a doubt, there remains pockets of racism in our country today, but it is nowhere near as prevalent as it once was.

But racism goes both ways today, crossing racial boundaries in both directions.

Black author Shelby Steele wrote a book a few years ago, White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era and in it he says,

“In the age of racism, Whites said Blacks were inferior so as to not see their own desire was to exploit them, their true motivation. In the age of white guilt, whites support all manner of silly racial policies without seeing that their true motivation is simply to show themselves innocent of racism.”

And now I wonder if “White Guilt” has played a role in the deaths of 13 people, including Aaron Alexis, by keeping those ‘red flags’ from being included in his record, out of fear of being labeled a racist?

Maybe too, it’s time we stopped hurling racially charged rhetoric about as if it carries no consequences and realize that we are all in this together.

16 Comments to “Did “White Guilt” Play A Role in the Navy Yard Slaughter?”

  1. All the things you say may be true…. or false. From what has been reported so far one could conclude that the man was insane. How can a motive be attributed to the insane, whether it be Alexis, the Aurora shooter or the Newtown gunman? If the experts cannot determine a motive, how can we laymen?

  2. Schuyler, there is no motive being assigned here to the shooter. By all accounts he was mentally ill and had been for some time.

    Yet, he maintained a security clearance and passed two background checks.

    The question being posed is how is that those ‘red flags’ never showed up in his record?

    If there is a question of motive, it is of those responsible for not including that information in his records.

  3. It’s too bad you weren’t the one filling out those records, Lew. I’m confident “White Guilt” wouldn’t have swayed your evaluation.

  4. Martin, are you saying that such relevant information really didn’t need to be in his record because he is Black?

    Seems you may be afflicted with a generous dose yourself.

  5. Lew, I’m expressing confidence in your ability to tell the future. Maybe that’s overstated? What I’m implying is that your implications and my implications (all of which unsupported by fact) are equally implied.

  6. Allow me to put it another way, Martin, since prominent members of your party are once again using this event to push for “background checks,” shouldn’t such information be made available for those conducting background checks?

    Now, do I say that White Guilt is the reason it wasn’t? Or do I dare bring up an uncomfortable possibility that it is doubtful will be approached?

    Maybe you would understand better what I am saying if you got a copy of Shelby Steele’s Book I link to in the post.

    For now, I’ll leave you with a quote by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, “Whites have to overcome the fear of being called racist.”

  7. Lew, I grant you have the right to raise the issue. I’ll raise another one: why are mentally ill people kept off of registries. We have folks on “no fly” lists who are a lot less dangerous but they don’t have the ACLU covering their asses. Why? Because a HUGE percentage of our population is on anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, and anti-anxiety medications, and they all vote

  8. Yes Martin, but in this case, there are two incidents involving misuse of guns.

    That moves it beyond just mental illness to me, which I believe has been mentioned before is often not known due to HIPAA Laws.

  9. I for one do not want the federal government deciding that they have the right to probe a citizens medical records in order to add them to a list just because they are dealing with a rough patch in life. The right to bear arms is not an entitlement, it is not a privilege, it is in fact a right period. The government needs to do a better job addressing the Rx issues and their regulations for dispensing or approving drugs at the FDA level. There may need to be some form of statute at the court level which addresses the right to bear arms if the person winds up in a court and the police or courts decide that a mental health check is in order thus placing that person on a hold. Again, I do not want prescriptions checked at the individual level through some registry of pharmaceuticals or at the doctors office. The only thing I would like to see is the responsibility of a doctor to address the mental health stability of their patient and take appropriate action if they deem that person to be unsafe to self or others. I think the ACLU needs to butt out of how we care for the mentally ill had they not pushed for the closure of facilities across this country there would be more consistant and constant care of these people who are plagued with minds that are deficient in reasoning.

  10. As far as the white guilt thing is concerned it may not be guilt per se’ but just the threat of the tag racist is itself a lawsuit waiting to slap you around thus causing many people to eliminate the truth from their documentation out of self preservation.

  11. Carolyn, I was obliquely pointing out that Lew went right to the race issue for blame (in a racist manner) rather than the mental illness issue, which obviously (from your post and over half of America) is not something we can discuss in public. The gun-grabbers never address mental illness which is what makes them such hypocrites.

  12. Actually, Martin, you’re wrong. I did not go “right to the race issue for blame (in a racist manner)” as you accuse. Perhaps you missed, or chose to ignore “His being Black has nothing itself to do with his mental state nor is it a direct reason for shooting those people.”

    The post contains several mentions of the mental illness and run-ins with the law that were not seen in his background check, but were discovered by media within hours of the shooting.

    The real problem is not that I “went for something in a racist manner,” but that liberals like you fear addressing race at all and potentially allow race (white guilt) to hide obvious red flags about a mentally ill person that should not have held a security clearance, much less been allowed to buy a gun.

  13. Yes it is a good discussion.


  15. Lew a “good Question would be: in view of all the government snooping how does any “concern” for HIPPA”square with that?? – it doesn’t, that’s obvious.
    and the Bullshit just keeps flying…

    “America the land of absolute bullshit.”

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