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On Monday, the long-hidden manifesto of the Nashville, Tennessee, trans school shooter was leaked.
On March 27, 2023, the shooter, a 28-year-old woman who believed she was a man, opened fire at the Covenant School in Green Hills, killing six people.
Given the identity of the shooter, the media quickly jumped to the narrative that the story was about lack of gun control. In fact, that narrative quickly spun into a narrative about racism after two black Democratic lawmakers illegally stormed the House floor in Tennessee, took control of the chamber, and then faced the prospect of expulsion from their seats.
Gun control and racism against black Americans — those were the narratives the media spun about the Nashville shooting.
The real story, obviously, wasn’t that.
It was the evil insanity of the shooter herself.
What might have forced coverage of that issue would have been the shooter’s manifesto. In virtually all other cases in which a mass shooter leaves a manifesto, the manifesto, or at least its general message, is made public nearly immediately: the August 2023 Jacksonville shooting targeting black Americans featured a white supremacist manifesto; the 2019 El Paso shooting targeting Hispanic Americans featured a white supremacist manifesto; the 2015 Charleston church shooting featured a white supremacist manifesto.
The shooter in Nashville had a manifesto too.
But we were told that it was utterly unclear just why the shooter had targeted a religious school. And we were told that the manifesto was “rambling,” without a clear political motivation. In fact, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News that “no direct motive has been established in the investigation and suggested the driving force of the attack was similar to previous school shootings in which the assailant was drawn to other mass killers.”
We were told that the manifesto might never be released, despite the fact that the Nashville Police Department released a list of items belonging to the shooter, including a suicide note, three folders, and 19 journals.
It has now been seven months. The manifesto still has not been released.
But Steven Crowder’s investigative team somehow obtained three pages of the manifesto. Here is some of what it says:
Kill those kids!!! Those crackers going to private fancy schools with those fancy khakis and sports backpacks, with their daddy’s mustangs and convertibles. F*** you little s***s. I wish to shoot you weak*** d***s with your mop yellow hair, wanna kill all you little crackers!!! Bunch of little fa**ots with your white privileges. F*** you fa**ots.””
Today is the day, the day has finally come! I can’t believe it’s here. Don’t know how I was able to get this far, but here I am. I’m a little nervous but excited too. Been excited for the past 2 weeks. There were several times I could have been caught, especially back in the summer of 2021. None of that matters now. I’m almost an hour and seven minutes away. Can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m ready… I hope my victims aren’t. My only fear is if anything goes wrong, I’ll do my best to prevent any of the sort (God let my wrath take over my anxiety). It might be 10 minutes tops. It might be 3-7. It’s gunna go quick. I hope I have a high death count.
So, what do we know about the shooter? We know that the shooter spouted radical Left-wing slogans about white privilege and wanted to shoot white kids. We also know that the shooter came out as a transgender man on Facebook in 2022. We know that the shooter attended the Christian school as a 10-year-old.
In other words, we know that a transgender person suffering from severe mental illness and citing Left-wing slogans on race targeted white Christian kids. Were the case the reverse — were the shooter a religious Christian targeting sexually confused children of color — the manifesto would have been released almost immediately. The entire media conversation would have centered on the evils of Christianity and white racism in America.
But this story had to be buried — and quickly.
It is not OK to talk about trans violence in the United States, despite violent threats that attach to anyone who says that men are not women. In fact, the Washington Post ran an entire piece after the trans school shooting claiming the Right was “exploit[ing] Nashville shooting to escalate anti-trans rhetoric.” The White House issued its sympathy for trans people overall, with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre intoning, “Our hearts go out to the trans community as they are under attack right now.” The story is always that trans Americans are experiencing a massive wave of deadly violence — even though the story isn’t true.
It is not OK to talk about anti-white violence in the United States either. Whiteness, we have been told, must be abolished. Whiteness is inherently privileged. Whiteness is a disease, a curse. Never mind the fact that in 2021, 87% of all non-lethal interracial violent crimes committed between blacks and whites were black-on-white, as Heather Mac Donald points out. Whiteness is the problem.
The fact that these are cherished Left-wing narratives means they must be protected at all costs. And that means burying an inconvenient manifesto.
In reality, if we’re going to release any mass shooter’s manifesto, we must release all of them. If we’re going to examine the motives of mass shooters in order to uncover supposedly unique American ills, we are owed the full panoply of the criminally evil.
But we won’t get that full view.
And we all know why.