The gunman who opened fire at a Florida school board on Tuesday has been identified as Clay Duke. His Facebook page and all traces of his online activity were quickly purged from the internet.
However, viewed before it was removed, his Facebook profile yielded insight into his worldview and the better understanding of his possible motives.On Facebook, Duke called government an evil monster.
His Bio read in part:
I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats… same-same… rich… they take turns fleecing us… our few dollars… pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%… the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South. Our Masters, the Wealthy, do, as they like to us…Duke labeled himself a “Freedom Fighter.
Under religious views, he wrote, “Humanism.
Some of his favorite websites he listed included:
As Clay Duke spray painted the “V” for vendetta symbol on the wall of the auditorium a few minutes before his death, the same symbol used on his Facebook page, we were reminded how horrible and destructive a force is anarchy.Judging from his online activity, Mr. Duke embraced a decidedly anti-government philosophy from a leftist perspective, and targeted the school board because they had called for lower taxes, which he linked to his wife’s loss of a job.
So, once again, hate and class warfare led to violence.