I saw this post over at MDA’s Facebook page.
The man, Muhiyidin Moye d’Baha, was famous for stealing a Confederate Flag during protests in Charleston, South Carolina.
Already, the supporters of MDA have decided that the killer must be a white supremacist and is Trump’s fault.
As of yet there is no evidence to that or even a suspect.
Here are some things we do know.
From 2017, the homicide rate in New Orleans was higher than Chicago or Baltimore. The NOLA black homicide rate was 25.75/100,000. Historically, black shooters were responsible for about 95% of the murders in NOLA.
Could a white supremacist have recognized Muhiyidin Moye d’Baha from pictures taken in 2015 of him taking a Confederate Flag from a protester and decided to get revenge?
Could he have been followed by a white supremacist from Charleston (where he lived) to New Orleans to be murdered for role in a 2015 protest?
Or could he have been the victim of random black on black crime after midnight, in a bad neighborhood, in one of America’s most dangerous cities?
At this point I am reminded of a British aphorism, which is usually a version of Hanlon’s Razor: “cock-up before conspiracy.”
Only time will tell. However, in the absence of evidence I’m sure we in polite society – particularity those who are white, legally own guns, support Trump, or all three – will be blamed for this assassination and hate crime.
We will know if (that) it turns out to be just random NOLA street violence, when this story vanishes like a fart in a hurricane, because above all else the narrative has to be preserved.
Until then, brace yourselves.