FOX News Man: Whites Commit Suicide. Blacks Shoot and Move On

FOX News Man: Whites Commit Suicide. Blacks Shoot and Move On

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Oct. 15, 2007 – While reporting on the case of Asa H. Coon, the 14-year-old student who had shot four of his fellow classmates at a Cleveland high school before killing himself, Fox News Radio show host John Gibson went on a racial ramble that seemed to suggest that White killers do the noble thing after massacring a bunch of people: take their own life.

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This had not been a “classic hip-hop shooting,” said Gibson, who is White. "Hip-hoppers do not kill themselves. They walk away. Now, I didn't need to hear the kid was White with blond hair. Once he'd shot himself in the head, no hip-hopper. …I know the shooter was White. I knew it as soon as he shot himself. Hip-hoppers don't do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again. …I know there's a few of you who want to call me racist. But when you do, remind – let me remind you, African-Americans are dying in major cities because people won't face this problem."

Gibson stopped rambling long enough for a commercial break, but soon picked up where he had left off.

"All right, it turns out, though, the kid in Cleveland who did the shooting today – three teachers, three students – White," he said.  "And I could tell right away 'cause he killed himself. Black shooters don't do that; they shoot and move on.”

Then to a caller, Gibson said, "So when I heard the kid shot himself, I said, well, you know, ordinarily I would expect it to maybe be a rapper, thug, gangster on campus with his nine – 'I shining my nine, you know how I do.' But, you know, it turns out it was a kid who would shoot himself – well, story over, not a Black kid."

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