Mainstream media struggles to find motive for Gavin Eugene Long, distorts and hides the truth

The mainstream media says the motives of Gavin Eugene Long, who murdered three Baton Rouge police officers, are unclear. Maybe they should stop ignoring the facts and stop playing politics?
The mainstream media says the motives of Gavin Eugene Long, who murdered three Baton Rouge police officers, are unclear. Maybe they should stop ignoring the facts and stop playing politics?

When the news broke that police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana had been gunned down in a yet another ambush-style attack by a sniper, the motive seemed immediately clear. This was a retaliatory attack on cops by a shooter who sought revenge for what he considered the murder of innocent, young black men by police. While it is rarely prudent to jump to conclusions or speculate, given the current climate in America, this theory didn’t appear to be much of a stretch.

Almost immediately after the shooting, those suspicions began to prove true. Online rants by Gavin Eugene Long showed him to be a hardcore racist who hated members of law enforcement, and whites in general. Long was also livid over the death of Alton Sterling and did not mince words when addressing the subject.

Using the pseudonym “Cosmo Setepenra,” Long posted several videos, photographs, Tweets, and online rants about perceived law enforcement injustices against blacks in America. The videos were posted to Long’s YouTube page under “Convos with Cosmo.”

In response to the murder of five Dallas police officers, Long said, “It’s justice.”

Although Long had suspected ties to several radical groups, he denied any affiliation to any organization in the videos.

“Don’t affiliate me with nothing. I’m affiliated with the spirit of justice,” Long proclaimed in one of the videos.

But he left no doubt as to his motives. There is little doubt that even if he was not a card-carrying member of the New Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, or Black Lives Matter, he shares their beliefs. He heard the call to action, to murder police officers, from leaders of these radical groups and he answered those calls.

But searching for the truth about Long’s motives in the mainstream media is like searching for a particular grain of sand on the beach. A quick Google or Bing search will show you a number of articles on the shooting that describe Long as a “Marine.” Few of them will say a word about his radical beliefs or his threats to carry out an attack. You’ll have to search far and wide to find any mention of his connections to radical, racist groups by the liberal media.

Maybe it was PTSD, they ask? Maybe he had other mental issues? Maybe he was justified in his own mind because of his perceived belief that he was delivering justice on behalf of all the young, black men who have been mercilessly hunted down and murdered by rogue, white cops?

Even President Obama, the King of inflammatory rhetoric, refused to call this what it was, a blatant, racially motivated attack by a radical, racist, cold-blooded killer. Instead, he cautioned us not to speak the truth, and to continue to keep our mouths firmly shut and our heads buried snugly in the sand so we won’t make anyone angry or offend anyone. Lest they get angry and rise up, you know?

“We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda. We need to temper our words and open our hearts … all of us,” Obama said.

Obama should heed his own advice. His own political rhetoric laid the foundation worsening race relations in America were built upon. It is his own racially divisive remarks and his own policies that have set race relations in this country back to the 1950’s. Yet he has the nerve to caution the rest of us about “careless accusations?” I won’t even bother to list the countless careless accusations Obama has thrown around over the last seven-and-half years, beginning with “the Cambridge police acted stupidly,” and the ensuing “Beer Summit.”

The motives of this shooter are clear. The motives of the Dallas shooter were clear. And the motives of Barack Obama are every bit as clear. To sow discord and discontent, and to inflame racial tensions in order to score political points. Expect that strategy to go into overdrive over the last few months of his final term in office. If President Obama had a son, he would look like Gavin Eugene Long, and you can count on the president’s verbal firebombs in the coming weeks and months to inspire more like him.


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Darren Pope

Darren Pope has been contributing to a variety of web and print publications for more than 10 years, covering everything from news and politics, to sports and entertainment.

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