A man entered the New York City subway system on April 12 wearing a green Metro train vest and gas mask and carrying a duffel bag. At around 8:30 a.m., he detonated two smoke bombs, pulled out a 9-mm handgun, and fired the weapon 33 times into a crowded subway carriage for two minutes straight until it jammed. Ten people were wounded. The perpetrator fled.
In almost all reports, the media tiptoed around identifying his race. He was almost universally described only as an “individual” in a green vest with a gas mask. In a nearly 2,000-word article about the attack, the New York Times didn’t mention his race once.
Frank Robert James, a 62-year-old black man, is the suspected New York City subway shooter. He was arrested after a 30-hour manhunt. On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted him for committing a terrorist attack on a mass transit system. If he is convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
However, the leftist media is still taking pains to avoid mentioning James’s race, just as has become routine in cases involving black suspects. The oft supplied reason is to avoid reinforcement of “negative stereotypes.” It’s the same reason why black-on-black crime is so underreported.
Never mind the fact that James had been arrested nine times before. Never mind the fact that black criminals are responsible for 51 percent of murders in the United States despite making up only 13 percent of the population.
And contrast this against the reaction to the May 14 murder of 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, by a deranged white supremacist, Payton Gendron. Before the shooter’s name or motive was known, leftists were ready to link his reprehensible actions, not unlike those of James, to terrorism, to his race, to Fox News, to conservatives in general and to whites in general. Joe Biden’s reaction was quite unlike his reaction to other murderous acts, such as James’s rampage or the ramming of 68 people in Wisconsin last year by Darrell Brooks Jr. In the Buffalo case, Biden was there personally within three days.
Biden told Congress in April 2021: “We won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined: The most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism. White supremacy is terrorism, and we will not ignore that.”
You don’t even have to be a criminal to be branded a white supremacist today. In many cases, you just have to be white.
In contrast, there is a general belief that black people cannot be racist. Many on the left say reverse racism is a myth. But is it possible that some of the black crime is motivated by racism? Are there, in fact, black supremacists?
A mounting body of evidence argues yes.
As part of the investigation into his motive, James’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook content has surfaced. All his accounts have now been deleted. But his beliefs have been uncovered, and they are quite dark.
The most consistent theme in his videos was his belief that white people are about to enact genocide on the black population. He believes that the situation in America is “no different than what happened in Europe with the Jews.” But while the Jews had the Allies’ support, he told the black community, “The whole world is against you. … And so, the message to me is: I should have gotten a gun and just started shooting ….” That is a clear line of reasoning and motive. The media, however, tried to get ahead of the truth.
The New York Times wrote, “Mr. James, who is black, directed much of his hatred toward black people, whom he often blamed for the way they were treated in the United States.” cnn wrote that hate speech “was a common theme throughout James’s videos, in which he repeatedly espoused hatred toward African-Americans.” The line from the leftist media was, Since Frank James clearly hates black people, he can’t possibly be racist. Therefore, racism wasn’t a motive. They also mentioned his apparent dislike for Kamala Harris and newly confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. But in one video, he clearly expressed that his dislike for them is simply because they are black women who married white men.
Frank James is a radical separatist. He believes whites and blacks should have “no contact” with each other. He believes that white people think black people’s “rightful place is as a slave.” He believes “we need to see more mass shootings,” to show that it’s “not about the shooter—it’s about the environment in which he is, he has to exist.”
James comes off as a man who was repeatedly told that he lives in a racist country, and who believed it.
That is exactly what the left consistently tells black Americans.
A study by the Washington Free Beacon found that the media is far quicker to mention the race of white killers than blacks. Fifty percent of articles about a white suspect mention his race within the first three paragraphs. This is without even factoring in stories about Kyle Rittenhouse or Derek Chauvin. In contrast, 50 percent of articles about black suspects don’t mention the race until at least 60 percent of the way into the story, if at all. And these statistics are from before the death of George Floyd.
Before 2020’s violent Black Lives Matter protests, the media were twice as likely to mention the race of a white suspect as opposed to a black perpetrator. After those summer riots, it became seven times more likely.
When stories of white criminals are overreported and even fabricated, a deadly false narrative is created. And when stories of black criminals are underreported, a dangerous trend goes unidentified.
On his Facebook and Twitter accounts, Frank James made several posts supporting Black Lives Matter, the Black Liberation Army and the Nation of Islam. He idealized radicals who attacked whites. He posted a picture of Micah Xavier Johnson, who infamously shot and killed five white Dallas police officers in 2016. He called on other people to follow suit.
In another video, he defended Anthony Ferrill, who shot and killed five co-workers at a Molson Coors plant last year. Ferrill was “discriminated against,” according to James, and “until he started shooting people,” nothing would change. “The vast majority” of white people are racist, he added.
Frank James doesn’t particularly care for other races either. He appears to hate whites the most, but he disdains Asians and Hispanics too. Two months ago, he posted a vitriolic video against “Spanish speakers” on his YouTube channel. He used racial slurs, calling Hispanics “a drain on resources” and nothing more than “machines” created to be laborers.
It’s no coincidence that Sunset Park, the neighborhood surrounding the 36th Street station where the shooting occurred in April, is a 39 percent Hispanic community.
Frank James is a disturbed man. His videos are laced with expletives, malice and hate. They display an inner turmoil and instability.
And they also show that he is a black supremacist in every sense of the word.
“Black nationalism is black unity,” he wrote in one post. The effect of his ideology is clear to see. He was allowed to post racist videos and statements for years on the same social media platforms that banned a sitting United States president.
The left wants you to know about white supremacists, both real and fabricated. They want you to think that if these people are publicly attacked and silenced, society will immeasurably improved. But it’s the Frank Jameses that you need to know about even more. Their stories barely get any airtime. But there are many people like Frank James, and they are already doing untold damage.
The Most Lethal Threat
In February, Quintez Brown was charged with attempted murder for entering Jewish Louisville mayoral candidate Craig Greenburg’s headquarters and opening fire. Last November, Darrell Brooks drove through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing six and injuring dozens more. In April 2021, Noah Green killed one and maimed another Capitol Police officer after deliberately ramming his vehicle into two police cars. In 2020, Grafton Thomas was charged with murder after allegedly charging into a Hanukkah party with a machete. He killed one and injured several others.
These are just a few of many racially motivated crimes over the last few years. Like Frank James, all these suspects are black. Like James, their stories were all underreported. And like him, they all have some ties to Black Lives Matter, black nationalism, anti-Semitism or people like Louis Farrakhan. They are all black supremacists.
A person’s race doesn’t predispose him or her toward a particular set of actions or beliefs. That’s why it is so important to ask why black supremacists even exist. The leftist ideology supplies the answer.
We live in a society where black Americans are constantly told they are oppressed. They are repeatedly told that they live in a racist country. They are told that white people are inherently evil and racist. So they are told it’s OK to riot. They are told that they need to be violent if they are going to be free. That is the kind of ideology that can push people like James over the edge.
But none of this is news to the radical left. The leaders, the media—they all know the stats about black-perpetrated crime. They just choose not to report it. They also know that white supremacy isn’t the problem they frame it to be. And yet they choose to call it “the most lethal threat” to America.
The truth is, there is an agenda at play. It is one that is very difficult to discern. But one man, Herbert W. Armstrong, discerned it over five decades ago.
In the March 1969 issue of his Plain Truth magazine, predecessor to the Trumpet, he asked: “Why are our people unable to recognize the Communist line—the Communist plan and conspiracy—in college and university riots, in propaganda accusing ‘police brutality,’ in ‘black power,’ ‘black panther’ and other slogans, even in ‘civil disobedience’ and ‘nonviolent’ movements of protest which lead to violence?”
Communists are obsessed with seizing power, and they will do it at any cost. They will encourage violence and restlessness. They will create false narratives to stir up anger. They will suppress the truth to ensure their agenda advances as planned. They would rather see the country erupt in violence and chaos—even be destroyed—if it means they can attain power.
America Overrun by Communists?
Following the 2020 summer riots, former President Barack Obama defended the rioters. Mr. Obama, a black man twice elected to the highest office in America, blamed America’s problems on institutionalized racism and slavery, which he called the “original sin of our society.”
At the time, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote: “Mr. Obama has previously said that racism is in America’s dna. How do you solve that? Did Abraham Lincoln, who at great cost passed a constitutional amendment to end slavery, have racism in his dna? What about the millions of men who fought in the Civil War, and the more than 100,000 who sacrificed their lives, in part to end slavery? Does Mr. Obama have any gratitude for what it has taken to achieve the equality in America today?” (Trumpet, August 2020).
Mr. Flurry pointed out how much America’s race relations had improved over the last century. The fact that a black man was elected president is undeniable proof. “You never hear about that from these men,” Mr. Flurry wrote.
You never hear about it because these people hate this country. They hate its founding principles and ideals. They hate its Judeo-Christian values. And so, they are determined to destroy it.
But this hatred is much deeper than just a lust for power. It is actually spiritual in nature.
Many people scoff at the existence of a devil. But the Bible calls Satan a “murderer” (John 8:44). It also says that he and his demons are actively working “in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). “These evil spirits are stirring up destructive attitudes and violent actions,” Mr. Flurry continued. “They are behind the murders committed by policemen—and behind the murders of policemen!”
America is under attack. Satan is behind all the murders and the lies by the radical left. He has an agenda to blot out the very name of Israel (2 Kings 14:27). He knows that if the whole country misidentifies the most lethal threat to America, they won’t realize that it is in fact his pernicious influence. Satan murders, lies, divides and destroys. And he is leveling all his power against the U.S. in a way very few people realize.