Newly obtained pages from the Nashville Covenant School shooter’s manifesto, which reveal that one motivation behind the shooting was the students’ “white privlages,” [sic] have many asking why the massacre was not classified as an anti-white hate crime.
In March, 28-year-old Audrey Hale, who identified as transgender and went by the name Aiden, went on a shooting spree at the private Christian school, killing three people. Hale left behind a manifesto, but local authorities have resisted calls for its release.
Media personality Steven Crowder revealed on Monday that he had obtained the manifesto. He shared images of what he said were several pages from the document that showcased the shooter’s anti-white hatred on his show Louder With Crowder, as reported by The Dallas Express.
On one page of the shooter’s alleged journal, dated February 3, 2023, Hale wrote, “Kill those kids!!!” at the top of the page, followed by a screed revealing the motivation to kill the students at Covenant came from the fact that they were white.
“Those crackers,” Hale wrote, using a derogatory term for whites, “going to private fancy schools, with those fancy khakis + sports backpacks. W/ thier [sic] daddies [sic] mustangs + convertables [sic]. F**k you little sh**s. I wish to shoot you weakass d**ks w/ your mop yellow hair. Wanna kill all you little crackers!!! Bunch of little f*****ts w/ your white privlages [sic]. F*ck you f****ts.”
Online public reaction to the manifesto’s contents has been charged, as many believe that its pages were withheld by authorities to avoid confirming suspicions that the suspect was ideologically motivated and harbored resentment against white people.
“We now know the Nashville Trans Shooter killed these children because: They were white ‘crackers’ They were ‘privileged’ They went to a ‘private fancy’ Christian school This was an act of woke *TERRORISM*,” wrote social media personality DC Draino on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
Others saw the manifesto as evidence of an anti-white hate crime, which they accused the FBI of covering up.
This was the conclusion reached by Claremont Institute fellow and reporter Megan Basham, who wrote, “I’m not going to stop beating this drum, what the FBI, [Brent Leatherwood] and [the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)] are attempting to do is cover up evidence of an anti-white hate crime. The leaked pages of Nashville shooter’s manifesto show that she targeted white children BECAUSE they were white. Imagine if they did this in a case of an anti-black terror attack.”
As previously reported by The Dallas Express, the FBI has come under fire in recent years for its perceived politicization and alleged biases.
Brent Leatherwood, president of the Southern Baptist-affiliated ERLC, whose children attend Covenant School, has been critical of Crowder’s revealing of the manifesto. Leatherwood told reporters that Crowder and others publicizing the manifesto were motivated by self-promotion and that they should “just be a human for once,” reported the Associated Press.
“How many people have to be killed in a senseless way so that you can get clicks?” Leatherwood asked.
Crowder subsequently posted that YouTube had taken down the episode of his show containing the suspect’s manifesto content for what the website claimed was a violation of its “violent criminal organizations policy.”
The Nashville Police Department appeared to confirm the authenticity of the images in a press release, even as the department criticized the content leak.
“I am greatly disturbed by today’s unauthorized release of three pages of writings from the Covenant shooter. This police department is extremely serious about the investigation to identify the person responsible. This action showed a total disregard for Covenant families, as well as the court system, which has control of the shooter’s journals at the present time due to litigation filed earlier this year,” read a statement by Chief John Drake.
“It is now pending in Davidson County Chancery Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. We are not at liberty to release the journals until the courts rule. Our police department looks forward to the ultimate resolution of the litigation concerning the journals,” he added.