Twitter Users Clapback at Police, Media Characterization of Austin Bomber

By Kenrya Rankin Mar 22, 2018

Yesterday (March 21), the White man responsible for a slew of bombings in a Black and Latinx neighborhoods in Austin, Texas, blew himself up as police closed in on his vehicle.

After viewing a “confession” video found on his phone, interim police chief ­Brian Manley made the following statement to press, as reported by The Washington Post: “Having listened to that recording, he does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate. But instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point.”

Many Twitter users were upset with the portrayal of Mark Anthony Conditt as a “challenged young man,” rather than a man who terrorized an entire city. They wondered if the same language would be used by police—and media—if he were a person of color: