Chris Harper Mercer
NY Times article has absolutely nothing about him being black. But neighbors said he was extremely shy and anti-social. And also, that he didn’t like loud noises, which is a possible indicator of Asperger’s syndrome. I think this all adds up to beta-male rage.
There is more information in the British newspaper, The Telegraph, where we find out about the father, Mr. Mercer, and the fact that the half-black Chris Harper Mercer may have been a neo-Nazi sympathizer, and that he has a British passport.
Only the Daily Beast told us that his mother is black and his father is white.
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I suspect that the media will drop this story very soon, because they can’t fit the gunman into any of their standard narratives.
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LA Times writes about the Switzer Learning Center where Chris Harper Mercer attended high school:
Mercer was among five students listed in the graduating class at Switzer Learning Center, according to a special graduation section published by the Torrance-based newspaper, the Daily Breeze, in 2009.
The Switzer Learning Center, also in Torrance, teaches students with special needs, emotional disturbances, autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other issues. According to its website, the school “has a long history of working with children who have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms because they need the special attention and encouragement that only a school like Switzer can provide.”
Elliot Rodger also attended a special school, although I don’t think that Elliot had Asperger’s syndrome. Social phobia does not equal Asperger’s syndrome.
This also reminds me of Adam Lanza because in both cases the mother took the son to the shooting range. (“Neighbors at a sprawling apartment complex in Torrance said they thought it was odd when a few years ago they saw Chris Harper Mercer and his mother carrying black cases that the neighbors suspected held firearms.”) Perhaps if you have a kid with behavioral problems, taking him to the shooting range is a bad idea?