[Cedric] Ford simply did not fit the narrative. “Who commits mass shootings?” read the headline of an all too typical piece on CNN.com some months ago. CNN’s answer: the “young, white and male.” At 38, Ford was relatively young, and he was certainly male, but he was not white. Ford, in fact, represents the most recent manifestation of a widely underreported phenomenon — the black mass murderer. As in virtually every other case, Ford’s blackness was not an incidental detail. It was at the heart of why he did what he did.
In his eye-opening new book, Antidote, black conservative activist Jesse Lee Peterson explains this phenomenon with more honesty and clarity than any commentator I know. His thesis is simple but highly explanatory. “Children, black or white, when deprived of fathers, grow up angry at their parents,” Peterson writes. “White children displace their anger in a thousand different directions. Black children, for the most part, channel theirs in a single destructive direction — towards and against white people.”
Peterson cites a number of examples. Just a year ago, for instance, J.C.X. Simon died an unheralded death in a California prison cell. Never heard of him? Forty years earlier, the openly racist Simon and his fellow “zebra killers” shot at least twenty-one whites and Asians in San Francisco, including a future mayor of that disturbed city, and killed fourteen of them. The Bay Area’s Zodiac Killer murdered half as many people in that same era and got ten times the attention, including a feature film just a few years ago
To get the media’s attention, black mass murderers must do something fairly spectacular.