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Well, I think I want to touch on what happened in South Carolina.

There are a number of issues that deserve to be talked about, and so I guess I will put in my two cents.

First and foremost, this was a racially motivated hate crime. The website that popped up that apparently had his manifesto on it was an interesting read. Assuming those are in fact his words, then the kid was fairly intelligent, articulate man who had clearly thought out his opinions for a long time before coming to the conclusion that he had to do what he did.

I am not sure why he had those opinions. I do not know if there is a lineage of racism in his family, I do not know if he was disenfranchised at some point and blamed it on racial minorities, I do not know anything about that. He stated on his website that his racial awakening was the Trayvon Martin shooting. He said when he read the report he believed that Zimmerman was clearly in the right and didn’t know what the big deal about it was. He then went on to research minority crime in several countries and came to the conclusion that the media unfairly represented crime against minorities.

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I had particularly bad news last week, my best friend since elementary school lost his father.

I felt terrible for my best friend, obviously. And I hated to see him in pain. And I am still trying to do everything I can for him and his family. But at the same time it was a large loss for myself as well. This man was much like a father to me when I was young.

I’ve mentioned before that my father and I at times did not get along great. And I am not sure if I have mentioned or not that my mother moved away when I was young. So there were times in my life where parental issues were front and center in my life and it was difficult for me.

During those times I always looked to my best friend’s parents as a steadying force.

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