Support for Dorner is Troubling

Christopher-Dorner-security-cam-photoJust when you thought you’ve seen it all with the Sandy Hook murders of a classroom full of children, America experiences another new low: A man named Christopher Dorner murders (as of this writing) three innocent people in order to air personal grievances. And his grievances are given serious attention by the national media, not to mention left-wing websites.

To better understand this, imagine the outcry if, let us say, a white student who was certain that he was denied admission to a prestigious university because of affirmative action, murdered a university official and the daughter of the dean of admissions and her fiance.

Imagine further that this man had posted a lengthy manifesto delineating how unfairly he had been treated by that university, and that he would continue to murder admissions department officials until the university admitted he was wrongfully rejected.

And imagine if the murderer had listed Fox News and conservative talk show hosts as media personalities he admired, as Dorner listed Chris Matthews, Tavis Smiley and Soledad O’Brien, among others, nearly all on the left.

Finally, imagine how the media, and perhaps the president himself, would have reacted.

A tsunami of vilification of conservatives and of conservative media would have ensued. We would be told 24/7 that talk radio is hate radio and that Fox News should be ostracized from civilized company. We would be told how right-wing hate had produced such a murderous man.

Moreover the murderer would be labeled exactly what he was, a murderer, and would not be regarded by any conservatives as in any way heroic. Conservative commentators would, rightly, outdo one another in condemnation of the murderer.

This has not been the case with Christopher Dorner. He is widely depicted as a man with legitimate grievances that caused him to “snap.” His “manifesto” is widely read and often praised, a Facebook page has been set up to defend him, and thousands of commentators on left-wing sites concentrate their fury on the Los Angeles Police Department, while portraying Dorner sympathetically.

It is important to remember that Dorner murdered a young woman and her fiance simply because she was the daughter of a cop — the man who acted as Dorner’s defense advocate in the LAPD proceedings against him. But as one comment on a left-wing site noted, that was a good idea because if the cop had been murdered, he wouldn’t have suffered, but if his daughter and her fianc‚ are murdered, then the cop would experience real pain until he died.

Any public figure, especially any member of the clergy, who does not unambiguously condemn Dorner as a psychopathic murderer, is failing in his or her duty. This is not the time to discuss allegations of racism in the Los Angeles Police Department. For one thing, being wrongfully dismissed from a job — if, indeed, that is what happened to Dorner — inhabits a different moral universe than murder. For another, the more the public pays attention to this murderer’s “manifesto,” the more murders-for-attention will take place.

How could any number of self-pitying angry individuals who see themselves as victims not get the idea that murdering people is a great way to get people to take you and your grievances seriously?

Constance Rice, a prominent Los Angeles civil rights attorney, a black woman called by NPR last year the “Conscience Of The City [Los Angeles],” wrote in a Los Angeles Times op-ed column about “the disturbing support for Dorner’s manifesto from the black community on the Internet and on black radio.”

And Rice, who has said that she woke up every day for years wondering how she could sue the Los Angeles Police Department for alleged abuses, went on to write, “Dorner is absolutely wrong when he states in the manifesto that ‘the department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days’. … The good guys are now in charge of LAPD culture.”

But that apparently does not matter to the many black Americans who have so much anger and so clearly define themselves as victims that they will, in too many cases, support black murderers — from OJ Simpson to Christopher Dorner.

What we have here is another proof that nothing leads to murder and other evils more than a sense of victimization. This is true for nations, just as it is for individuals. The German sense of victimization led to World War II. Dorner believes himself to be a victim and consequently feels entitled to murder.

But the real victims are decomposing in their graves.

  • paul spector

    Yes, there is no excuse for murder. They just fired the wrong guy for reporting vicious racist attacks by LAPD officers. Many of us have been fired for reporting the torture and murder of prisoners, myself included. Sadly, Dorner killed a few innocent victims.

    This does not change the fact that hundreds of victims, some innocent, are die during or after being Tortured in California’s prison system. I saw 12 professional RN’s loose their jobs at just one prison. The odds are that eventually another person will snap at the unfair practices. BTW, it’s not like you just get another job, they fallow you forever, contact any new employer and assure you never work again.

  • wally12

    The fact that Dorner was dismissed by the police department was a good thing and may have been a partial reason for dismissal in their decision. Maybe the department recognized his aggressive nature. It also may have saved the department a lawsuit since he may have over reacted to a police action with innocent citizens. Who knows for sure?

  • Patrick H.

    Whether he is in favor of right wing or left wing politics doesn’t matter, what matters is that he’s an unstable lunatic. It’s a shame that some people are trying to make him out to be a folk hero. Regardless of his grievances, for all we know, they could be true, none of it justifies what Christopher Dormer has done. I’m sure there are many cops who think they’ve been unfairly fired due to exposing corruption and who don’t go out and murder people. Once you get down to his level, no matter how valid your grievances, you basically lose any moral authority. I bet his defenders have not thought for a second about the victims of Dorner.

  • Sheila Warner

    I slogged through the entire manifesto. I saw a man who was always ready to react with violence toward anyone who insulted him. His own words portray him as a man unable to think rationally when his anger is triggered; and that anger appears to be easily triggered. I don’t think psychopaths need any manifesto to try to get attention through murder. Sadly, we will likely see this kind of murder repeated at some point in the future. It’s nearly impossible to stop a madman who is bent on murder.


    Dorner is a huge fan of Bernard Goldberg. He used to write lette4rs to CBS complaining about dan Rather having a liberal bias, and asking that Goldberg replace him.

  • GlenFS

    His actions do more to disprove the validity of his grievance than anything anyone could ever say. I pray he’s brought to justice or killed before anymore innocents fall prey to his sense of personal victimhood.