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Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Beltway Sniper


This was a letter to the editor of the Chicago Defender:


Dear Editor:

I’m very ashamed to admit this in public, but I have been guilty of self-hatred.

When I first saw the photograph of John Allen Muhammad, a clean-looking Black man, it was hard for me to believe he was the sniper. I mean it was just like looking in a mirror, and I’m not a cold-blooded killer, so why should he be? I guess I could not believe that he could pull of all of those killings with one shot. I guess I was a victim in thinking subconsciously that blacks still had a tendency for shoddy workmanship. I guess I did not want to believe that a black man was that good in killing people. I have to confess if I wanted to hire a sniper, I would not have done business with one of my own people. I would not have thought about buying black, finding a good sniper within my own community. I probably would have wanted to find a good white sniper with a good track record, I’m to sorry say. After all the evidence I have seen in Muhammad’s case, I have to admit it seems like the evidence is proving me wrong.

It seems like he is proving again to all of us that Black people are capable of being equal to or better in doing anything like any other race.

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