State Representative Matt Harper (R-Huntington Beach) equated the shooting deaths of eight black churchgoers gunned down in Charleston, SC with a car accident. It all happened on Facebook when San Diego Democrat Ryan Trabuco posted an image of a newspaper headline on the murders of eight African American churchgoers at a Bible Study which featured a sticker advertisement promoting a gun shop.
Harper was the first commenter on Trabuco’s post saying “What about automobile ads in the same paper as a story about a car crash?”
This is a common theme among conservatives who refuse to speak out on gun violence in this country. One of Trabuco’s friends, William Rodriguez-Kennedy, engaged Harper on the thread suggesting it’s stupid to compare the two. Harper doubled-down on the stupidity with the comment, “Is an automobile any more responsible for a tragedy than a firearm?”
We’ve captured the debate and its above for all to see.
Harper then belittles Rodriquez-Kennedy, a minority, suggest the “angry ethnic” is doing the talking. “You seem like an angry person tonight,” wrote Harper. “I hope things change for the better for you. Best wishes.”
Rodriguez-Kennedy gets in a powerful last word, but Harper’s comments are amazingly insensitive to the tragedy in South Carolina and borderline racist to Rodriguez-Kennedy. In Harper’s mind, a fatal car crash is the same as cold-blooded pre-meditated murder of eight African-Americans in a church.
Is it time for a GoFundMe campaign for a racial sensitivity class for the Huntington Beach Republican? And will Harper’s peers sit quietly by and say nothing to this insensitive and racist dialogue by a state elected official?