Bigoted racists launched a false and defamatory campaign against white Americans and specifically men in the wake of the bombings, seizing upon the Austin tragedy and exploiting the race of the alleged perpetrator.
Regardless of the fact that zero evidence existed showing the Austin Bomber was motivated by race, gender, or religion, racists on social media exploited the anger in the aftermath to defame an entire demographic group based upon their prejudices.
The bomber, 24-year old Mark Conditt, has not left any clues so far as to his motivation. The only known online presence consists of a 6-year old Blogspot posting containing childish and simple arguments against gay marriage and against federal funding for abortion. Although he “identifies” as a conservative, he admits he barely knows what it means and does not really have any political ideas at the time. The blog postings appeared to be part of a school project, with the effort minimal and lacking in any real passion.
No other evidence appeared online as to the bomber’s state of mind.
Several images circulating on social media alleged that Conditt was a registered Democrat:
Conditt was raised in a Christian household and home-schooled for the entirety of his high school education, going on to Austin community college afterwards.
He worked for a precision manufacturing company, which may have been where he acquired some of his bomb-making expertise.
However, in the 6-year span since he completed his school project for community college, there is no paper or online trail of him at all. There is no evidence of a metamorphosis or conversion towards the ideological leftism which is endemic to the Austin community.
Racists on social media, however, launched a narrative defaming whites immediately:
The record shows there is zero evidence the bomber was an adherent of “white nationalism” or “Nazism”.
Although the bigots knew there was no evidence of a motive, they nevertheless propagated and perpetuated a false and misleading campaign smearing all white people, contributing to the already heightened tensions in the country.
Generally, terrorism is associated with violent actions which are driven by political motivations. Mentally unwell individuals who commit a string of violent acts are generally described as serial killers or something approximating that description.
The conflation with terrorism was part of a coordinated effort to paint an equivalency between radical Islamic terrorism, BLM targetings of law enforcement, and the Austin bombings. While Conditt did indeed blow up a bomb when law enforcement closed in on him, the term “suicide bomber” would not apply to prototypical radical Islamic attacks, where the primary goal is to murder large amounts of people in a suicide attack. It appears Conditt intended to evade law enforcement and only detonated the explosives as a last resort upon his impending capture.
While Conditt was indeed home-schooled, there is no evidence that he was “a devout Christian”.
The tabloid publication TMZ published a misleading article suggesting the bomber had recently been contemplating a mission trip, tarring the entire Christian faith in the process.
The record indicates the “mission trip” statement was derived from a comment Conditt’s mother made after his graduation in 2013. There is nothing to suggest Conditt ever completed or even contemplated a mission trip himself, as it could have been the wishful thinking of a devout mother for her son.
While many incidents of radical Islamic terrorism are quite clearly religiously motivated, with the attackers proclaiming “Allahu Akhbar”(God is greatest), with evidence of the perpetrators recently converting to Islam or attending mosques, there is no such equivalency in the Austin case.
Some racists used the tragedy to target online discussion boards like Reddit and 4chan:
While an anonymous user named “austinbomber” did indeed appear on Reddit claiming to be the perpetrator, police have not confirmed that as of this story publishing.
The notion that an online discussion forum is responsible for every single user to have ever posted there is not the thinking of serious people or experts. By the same standard, Twitter would be responsible for “radicalizing terrorists” for any random, unstable individual that created an account on their website.
The campaign to demonize white men was part of a larger strategy by the Democrat Party and its’ many coalitions to target their perceived political enemies. The voting base of Democrats has traditionally been African Americans, those of Hispanic descent, and white women. The Republicans’ voting base has traditionally been white men.
Noted Democrat activist Ed Krassenstein went to great pains to associate the race of the bomber with the act itself, stereotyping an entire ethnicity in the process.
The notion that race or gender played a motivating role in the bombings is a wholescale fabrication, as of the most recent news.
In the case of radical Islamic terrorism or BLM killings targeting law enforcement, there is usually a vast panoply of evidence pointing to a religious or racial motivation behind the criminal act.
it appeared that radical leftist factions are trying very hard to create an equivalency among their political enemies, the white male demographic. The problem is that it simply doesn’t exist. There is no single cohesive ideology to explain when murderous acts are perpetrated, save perhaps pharmaceutical or virulently leftist ones.
James Hodgkinson, a murderer who opened fire on Republicans, was an avid Rachel Maddow fan and supporter of Bernie Sanders.
Most school shooters have been on psychoactive pharmaceuticals of one variation or another.
The relatively isolated incidents of racially motivated incidents perpetrated by white individuals have generally emanated from the leftist Nazi movement, promoted by shadowy individuals such as Richard Spencer, Mike Enoch, and Jason Kessler, who was previously affiliated with the radical left. It is no secret that the Spencer-led ethno-socialist movement is leftist in economic origins, advocating a socialist homeland and universal healthcare.
Nevertheless, the uncomfortable facts did not dissuade radical leftist ideologues from bombarding social media with racist attacks:
The unfortunate reality is that racists do not care about murder, or the deaths of innocents, or even how many lives they destroy.
Tragedies are merely incidents to be used and exploited. Carnage is a crisis to be seized and manipulated.
The truth does not matter to racists. Facts are selectively cherry-picked to fit their agenda. They don’t care about the victims of the Austin Bomber, just like they don’t care about the victims of radical Islamic terrorism or BLM terrorists, which they suppress in the media.
They only highlight an event which they strategically believe will support their political and bigoted narrative; one which they believe will help them gain power.
Some citizens of integrity noticed the pattern:
In a profound statement on the current state of journalism in America, author and columnist Ann Coulter simply highlighted two headlines:
The campaign of hatred has contributed to a volatile environment, with Twitter acting as an enabler. Racist hate speech that goes unchallenged can build to a crescendo of ignorance and bigotry against the targeted community.
It is imperative to push back as one community, with voices raised, when racists in the dark corners of the Internet conspire to spread their hate. It is the duty of civic-minded Americans to stand up, call it out, and condemn it loudly, so that it does not become normalized.
At the time of publishing, Twitter had not deleted any of the racist tweets, leading many to wonder if their deafening silence was a tacit endorsement.