Earlier this week, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a crowd of people attending an outdoor country music festival from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and wounding more than 515. Following the tragic event, Brandon Christopher McCartney, otherwise known as the rapper “Lil B,” went on Twitter and published a series of tweets essentially blaming white people for gun violence.
McCartney began his racist Twitter tirade by suggesting that gun violence wouldn’t be a problem if white people didn’t have guns. Specifically, he tweeted, “WHITE PEOPLE SO SCARED THEY THE REASON WHY GUNS ARE A PROBLEM IF WHITE PEOPLE PUT DOWN THE GUNZ WE ALL BE SAFE BUT NOPE! THEY VILENT [sic].”
WHITE PEOPLE SO SCARED THEY THE REASON WHY GUNS ARE A PROBLEM IF WHITE PEOPLE PUT DOWN THE GUNZ WE ALL BE SAFE BUT NOPE! THEY VILENT – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) October 2, 2017
In a series of follow-up tweets, he added, “LETS [sic] TALK ABOUT HOW SECRETLY THESE HARMLESS LOOKING WHITE PEOPLE WITH TIGHT PANTS SUITS AND GLASSES ARE PUSHING PASSIVE VIOLENCE!…LETS [sic] TALK ABOUT HOW THESE SUBURBAN 7TH HEVEN [sic] LOOKING WHITE PEOPLE SELL DRUGS IN COLLEGE AND ARE OK WITH VIOLENCE ON ALL LEVELS!!”
To support his claim that white people are okay with “violence on all levels,” he tweeted, “THE REASON WHY THERE IS A STEROTYPE [sic] IS BECAUSE OF WHITE PEOPLE THIS IS YALL LANGUAGE AND PHILOSPHYS [sic] LOL!! STOP IT! YALL ARE VIOLENT!…WHITE WOMEN REALLY SCARE ME THE MOST BECUASE [sic] THEY CAN BE TRUE SOCIALPATHS [sic]! AND YES LATINO WOMEN AND ASIAN WOMEN ARE FAKE WHITE! LOL.”
McCartney then followed up his racist accusation with mockery. “SEE THE THINGS IS WHITE FOLKS ARE REALLY SCARED! U NO ALL THE WHITE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY ARE FRAIL BLONDE GIFTS FROM GOD ! LOL,” he tweeted, adding, “COLLECTIVLY [sic] WHITE PEOPLE AS A WHOLE NEED TO GO ON FOX NEWS AND FOR A MONTH TALK ABOUT HOW ITS [sic] THEY [sic] FAULT OF BLACK OPPRESSION! START!”
However, shortly after ending his rant on Twitter, he went back online and expressed remorse for letting his emotions get the best of him. “Ashamed of my negative ideals and divisive language. very ashamed of myself to feed into the negative beast. help me family love U…Really not happy with any negative vibes I sent your way I love you! When I hurt you I hurt myself! I never cud [sic] own slaves cuz pain,” tweeted McCartney, noting, “when you see me going off the deep end with negativity that’s when I need you to hug me harder and don’t let go! Don’t let hate win!”
Several hours later, he added, “ONCE AGAIN I REFLECT ON MY WORDS THIS MORNING… I LOVE YOU..GOD BLESS EVERYONE IN LAS VEGAS… LETS [sic] NOT LET ANGER TAUNT US.
ONCE AGAIN I REFLECT ON MY WORDS THIS MORNING… I LOVE YOU..GOD BLESS EVERYONE IN LAS VEGAS… LETS NOT LET ANGER TAUNT US – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) October 3, 2017
Despite apologizing, McCartney appeared to be pleased with his tirade. This is because, on Twitter the next day, he wrote, “at least I motivated the true race gang haters yesterday to beat they chest and continue to hate! I’m good cuz I love !! Love wins!”
Sadly, McCartney isn’t the only person to make the shooting about race. George Ciccariello-Maher, an Associate Professor at Drexel University, for instance, blamed the tragedy on “the white supremacist patriarchy.”
Specifically, in a series of tweets, Ciccariello-Maher stated, “white people and men are told that they are entitled to everything. This is what happens when they don’t get what they want…The narrative of white victimization has been gradually built over the past 40 years…it is the spinal column of Trumpism, and most extreme form is the white genocide myth,” noting, “yesterday was a morbid symptom of what happens when those who believe they deserve to own the world also think it is being stolen from them.”
Those who try to make the Las Vegas massacre about race, like McCartney and Ciccariello-Maher, should be ashamed of themselves. This is because, as of now, we have no reason to believe that the killer’s skin color had anything to do with the shooting.