Trevor Fair, a 33-year-old cameraman at WDBJ for six years, said that the words Parker used are commonplace but that they would routinely set off Flanagan.“We would say stuff like, ‘The reporter’s out in the field.’ And he would look at us and say, ‘What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist,’ ” Fair recounted.“We’d be like, ‘What?’ We all know what that means, but he took it as cotton fields, and therefore we’re all racists.”“This guy was a nightmare,” Fair said. “Management’s worst nightmare.”Flanagan assumed everything was a jab at his race, even when a manager brought in watermelon for all employees.“Of course, he thought that was racist. He was like, ‘You’re doing that because of me.’ No, the general manager brought in watermelon for the entire news team. He’s like, ‘Nope, this is out for me. You guys are calling me out because I’m black.’ ”Flanagan even declared that 7-Eleven was racist because it sold watermelon-flavored Slurpees.“It’s not a coincidence, they’re racist,” he allegedly told Fair.
The more I read about Flanagan, the more I am convinced he was not somebody with a long story of mental issues but somebody that created his own little world and decided to seek his own brand of justice for perceived injuries. He was a willful self-created sociopath who disregarded what you and me consider the proper norms of civilized behavior because his own needs were not fulfilled. Narcissism is no longer an occasional behavior but the normal behavior for many.
The problem arrives when the expected compensation does not arrive in a prompt manner of it at all. They get frustrated and these were people raised without the important teachings that life is a long chain of frustrations, small and big, that are there for us to overcome. Without the coping mechanisms that regular, well raised people were taught and with the “moral” backing of a group sharing the same principles, narcissists become destructive, sort of “If I Can’t Have It….” If we are lucky, they direct that anger to themselves via drugs, alcohol and posting crap in Twitter and Facebook. But I see Vester here as the next step of the Social Justice Warriors and assorted Whining Meemies: I have to do something! I’ll Burn It All!
So I fear that we may have a mass casualty event from somebody in the Opposition. They have wished us dead over and over and to me it is a question of when it will happen. It may be an attack at a local gun range or at the NRA Annual Meeting or any other type of gathering related to guns and the Second Amendment. Somebody will suddenly have an urge to “teach us a lesson” because we do not acquiesce to their “needs.”
Anyway, that is what I think. The usual grain of salt is available for consumption. 🙂