The title of this post refers, of course, to the recent demise of Dr. Henry Bello. Here is a view of the facts that is as likely to lack context as a snippet of video capturing midstream a violent encounter between police and civilians:
- Henry Bello was a black man and a doctor-in-training who worked at Bronx Lebanon Hospital until he resigned two years ago.
- Accounts from other hospital employees say that he resigned under pressure of having a sexual harassment case pressed against him. Other employees also claim that he was emotionally volatile. At least one person said that when he left the hospital two years ago, he threatened to come back and kill those he blamed for ruining his career.
- A few hours before Bello walked back into his former workplace, dressed in medical togs, concealing an AR-15 style rifle under his coat, he sent a message to a New York newspaper via email: “This hospital terminated my road to a licensure to practice medicine,” the email said. “First, I was told it was because I always kept to myself. Then it was because of an altercation with a nurse.”
- Bello then killed a female doctor (it appears he was not acquainted with her) and wounded five others before killing himself.
May I present an alternate narrative?
Henry Bello was a proud black man who fought institutional racism all his life, working inside the system that hated him, determined never to give up till he achieved his life-long goal of becoming a doctor.
Racism and bigotry dogged him every step of the way. When he was almost in reach of his life’s dream, privileged white people at his work intensified their efforts to keep him down. First, they accused him of being a loner, even as they excluded him from the privileged cliques. Then, they accused him of being emotionally unstable, citing every awkward or tense encounter caused by their own bigotry. Finally, when he still wouldn’t quit, they concocted story straight out of the days of lynching to get rid of him: accusing a black man of sexually assaulting a white woman. His choice was either to leave town or face an administrative and legal lynching.
Was Henry Bello a volatile and abusive person? Opinions will vary, and unless put on the record before he was forced out, are likely to be exculpatory of the truly guilty. Who wouldn’t be angry, at least occasionally, at the institutionalized racism and stigma that the hospital, like all of society, cannot help but indulge in.
Did Henry Bello threaten to come back and kill those who had ostracized and harassed him and stolen his dreams? Unless a contemporaneous record can be found from two years ago that supports this, we must assume it is just another lie from another racist institution denying its own culpability in its own tragedy.
Is it not possible–likely even–that had Henry Bello been treated with the sensitivity and respect his ancestry of injustice has earned him, the female doctor he killed would still be alive? And, equally importantly, Henry Bello would be alive?
Henry Bello didn’t wait two years before coming back to the hospital that spurned him. He tried for two years to rebuild his life, without avail, sinking deeper and deeper into despair, until he saw no option but to personally secure justice in a world where there is no justice for people like Henry Bello. At the end, clear in his vision, he refused to live anymore in that world.
You may think this narrative is BS, but, especially if you are a Democrat, it must make you squirm because it is a completely plausible example of the kinds of excuses you Democrats make for evil. No, you’re not excusing Bello (yet), because he did not accumulate enough inter-sectional identity points to qualify for your treacly sympathy, and he got points knocked off for “sexual harassment.”
But you know and I know, had Bello been female, or even trans, the narrative I just constructed above using your vile Democrat identity politics cliches would have been published nearly anti-thought for anti-thought (though less eloquently) in major Democrat newspapers, magazines and web sites.
(I literally typed that crap in less than 5 minutes, read it once, and didn’t revise anything except replacing a few pronouns and adverbs.)
This is one more thing we Conservatives know that you Democrats don’t: There is NO EXCUSE for some behaviors.
You don’t get to kill your former bosses and co-workers and quit on life and kill yourself just because you got a raw deal.
You don’t get to shoot people who cut you off in traffic, no matter how much every normal person who has ever been cut off in traffic has felt like pulling a gun.
You don’t get to shoot Congressmen of the other party just because you disagree with them.
You don’t get to riot or resent-hate white people, many of whom never owned slaves and many of whom died to end slavery, just because one of your ancestors, you don’t exactly know who, was done wrong by some white guy, you don’t exactly know who. I’m looking at you, black people. Stop it. It makes you look stupid.
You don’t get to murder gay people and excise the clitoride of little girls and sew up their labia and bury rape victims up to their waists in the sand and throw rocks at them till they die. I’m looking at you, multiple Muslim states.
You don’t get to feel birthright-aggrieved because of your membership in a demographically-useful Democrat identity-group, or, if you do that, it really will ruin your life. Paraphrasing the immortal words of Henry Blake, “Goddammit, Me-Victim, then resign your goddamned life commission!” Violent revenge fantasies are the daydream porn of all SJW Democrats, whether they are pro’s or not from having a “Studies” degree.
There are NO EXCUSES for Henry Bello’s actions or people who shoot other people in a road rage or BLM activists or mainstream Muslims in most Muslim-dominated countries or professional victim’s-privilege groups in the USA. All of you are cut from the same self-excusing hateful cloth. The only difference in your violence is your calculation about what you can currently get away with or HOW CRAZY THINKING THIS WAY FOR A LONG TIME HAS MADE YOU.