Almost immediately after news of the Chapel Hill shootings broke on major media outlets and social media, talking heads on the left seized the opportunity to turn the brutal murders of three muslim human beings into a political debate:

And then this, just a couple of hours later:

See the spin on the spin? Kohn made a vain (and ultimately failed) attempt to make this about white people not caring about non-white people. She took this bizarre and heartbreaking story that according to the facts at hand involved a fight over a parking spot and turned it into exactly what she wanted (hoped?) it to be: white-on-minority violence, and white-on-minority media malpractice.

The problem with that neat little package is that the discussions that dominated the airwaves were the exact opposite of Kohn’s fantasy narrative. Sure, there was word of a dispute over a parking spot, but that was all sandwiched in between the horror and shock of seeing a complete lunatic gun down other human beings for reasons only a complete lunatic could understand.

The problem with making the Chapel Hill — Copenhagen comparison is that, while it was not immediately clear if the Chapel Hill shootings were religiously motivated*, it was clear that the shootings in Copenhagen were. No one hid the identities of the shooter and victims—they just didn’t focus on them because no one knew anything about the shooter except that the victims had previously complained of his behavior.

Also, keep in mind that the police had the Chapel Hill shooter in hand; the people of Copenhagen endured a manhunt, which is inherently dramatic and attracts more breathless reporting by default. Reporters covering Chapel Hill were left with the stark remains of an execution.

One of the biggest dangers facing American society is the emerging, culturally regressive desire for discrimination. We crave violence, but ordinary murder isn’t enough. If one man shoots another, we’re not satisfied until someone manages to make a connection to race or religion. If there’s no connection, we’ll invent one, and accuse the attacker of unconscious bigotry.

Outrage is the fuel that gives the progressive machine life, and it comes at the expense of actual victims who have their stories tainted by the agendas of people like Kohn.

*The presence of white skin vs. brown skin, or scarves, or any other trapping of religious identity does not a hate crime make. We reject the non sequitur.