A Former Reporter’s Racist Message

By Rick Ferran

This morning, a black man, a former reporter from WDBJ7 news in Virginia, walked up to former coworkers, two journalists, and shot them to death while they were intent on a morning interview. But he also sent a racist message to ABC News.

According to WDBJ7, he had filed complaints about racism with their company, but no evidence was found to substantiate them. His leaving the company was not on good terms, as they had to call police at the time to escort him off the property.

racist message

Vester Lee Flanigan

The Suicide manifesto- the Racist Message

A man claiming to be Vester Lee Flanigan, aka Bryce Williams, began calling ABC news over recent weeks, telling them he want to ‘pitch’ a story. Now we know what that “story” was all about.

This morning, he sent a 23 page fax to ABC, and ranted about doing the WDBJ7 killings we previously reported.

He claimed to have engraved the initials of his victims on the bullets. In a letter that ranted on and on, he delivered the “Suicide Note to Family and Friends” that sounded more like a manifesto than a suicide note.

ABC News reported,

“As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!”

  • He says has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work
  • He says he has been attacked by black men and white females
  • He talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, black man

“The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily…I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”

Where does that kind of hate come from?

This administration is the cause of such racial division. Does anyone have a time machine? Let’s set the timer for 2007 shall we?  When will this stop – because under these rules of engagement, people like this psychopath will leave everyone dead or blind. As someone once said,  ‘An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.’

And the continual harping of black activists or nutjobs like Flanigan are only fueling more hate instead of bringing understanding to both sides.

People aren’t born with that kind of hatred, they learn it. Flanigan more than likely wanted to be the one to get the attention at WDBJ7, but because he was so difficult to deal with, they got rid of him. When will anyone understand that if they are assholes, they get all the wrong kind of attention.

Times have changed

This is the perfect scenario that shows you times have changed. We can no longer sit sit around idle, go to the movies, church, or to the store without the possibility of encountering a deadly situation.

And let’s not blame the gun, either. Recent incidents like the stabbing of a woman in New York City, or the courthouse stabbing yesterday,  or the black man with a hammer who beat a cop in the head  — no gun was involved in those crimes.

It is not only important to be a legal gun owner in America, but also to learn and train for scenarios like this. Always be aware of your surroundings. That is not being paranoid,  it’s preserving your life – and understand that at any point in time things can go from good to bad. Always have an exit strategy when entering a room.


“Be polite, be professional, and have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” General James “Mad Dog” Mattis