Conservative columnist George Will said
Sunday that Virginia shooter Vester Lee Flanagan had “bought into
the grievance culture of our times.”
Flanagan killed WDBJ TV reporter Alison
Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, as Parker interviewed a
Roanoke Chamber of Commerce official during a live broadcast. The
former employee, who appeared on-air as Bryce Williams, died
Wednesday from self-inflicted wounds as he was being pursued by
According to various reports, Flanagan
said that he felt as if he had been treated unfairly during his
employment at WDBJ.
“When these horrific events occur,
there's an irresistible itch to commit sociology to find some
explanation, causal link in some social prompting,” Will
opined during a Fox
“This gentleman, this man was a gay
African-American who nevertheless was hired in spite of what he took
to be insuperable handicaps. And he does seem to have bought into
the grievance culture of our times, feeling prickly and set upon at
all times by all people.”
“There are times you have to throw up
your hands and say there's evil in the world. Always has been.
Always will be,” he added.