Murder victim Eve CarsonEve Carson was the golden girl—pretty, popular, brilliant, altruistic. Funny, too.
Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Carson had been her high school class president, and was elected student government president at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A senior, double-majoring in political science and medicine, she was an aspiring doctor. Attending UNC on a Morehead-Cain Scholarship, she was a North Carolina Fellow and a Phi Beta Kappa, taught science in an elementary school, tutored in a middle school, mentored girls in a track/character-building program, and volunteered summers in Third World programs. Whew!
At 3:30 a.m., on March 5, 2008, Carson was kidnapped by Demario “Rio” Atwater and Laurence Lovette Jr., as she left her house to get into her SUV.
Killer Demario James “Rio” Atwater in court
Made-over killer Laurence Lovette Jr. in costume during the Eve Carson murder trial.
New ‘do, new suit; only the fake eyeglasses are missing.Carson’s killers had been stalking the parking lot of a sorority house down the street. Caroline Harper, a UNC alumna who was then living in the sorority house, testified at Lovette’s trial that
…she had just finished talking to her boyfriend on her cell phone about 3:30 a.m. on March 5 when she saw two black men in their late teens or early 20s standing in the parking lot of her sorority house....While Atwater held Carson at gunpoint in the back seat and sexually molested her, Lovette drove her SUV from bank to bank. A surveillance photograph showed Lovette using a drive-through cash machine. The killers were ultimately able to withdraw a total of $1,400 from her account.
They were standing there looking at me," Harper said. "It was just a couple of seconds before I got really frightened and drove away.
[Lovette trial spotlights ATM use by Anne Blythe, The News and Observer, December 9, 2011.]
The killers shot Eve Carson in the face and the head, one with a .25 caliber pistol, and the other with a shotgun, obliterating the right side of her pretty face. When the prosecution showed the jury autopsy photographs, some jurors wept.
Unusually, Eve Carson’s murder got national publicity, probably because of her own leftwing activism. A U.S. senator, a congressman, a mayor, and the chancellor of her university variously published or read eulogies for her. At Carson’s funeral in Athens, UNC Chancellor James Moeser spoke of how she embodied “the Carolina way” of “excellence with a heart,” and called her “a force of nature.”
But here’s the back story: If the criminal justice system had done its job, Eve Carson’s killers would both have already been in jail.
Atwater and Lovette were both on probation. Each had been arrested repeatedly prior to Carson’s murder—without ever being returned to jail for violating probation. Atwater, who had been convicted in February 2005 of felony breaking-and-entering, was even convicted of a further felony, possession of a firearm, in June 2007—yet still wasn’t incarcerated!
Meanwhile, Lovette’s probation officer, Chalita Nicole Thomas, who had never met with him, was herself arrested 11 times over the course of four years—at least twice for DUI, and once for carrying a concealed weapon. [Probation officer never met with Lovette | abc11.com, March 26, 2008]
Probation Officer Chalita Nicole ThomasThe Main Stream Media declined to report what her other eight arrests were for—and then “disappeared” Thomas’ story. [See video of Thomas’s arrest record.]
Additionally, an internal investigation by the North Carolina Department of Correction showed that staffers at every level had botched “Rio” Atwater’s case even more thoroughly than Thomas had botched Laurence Lovette’s.
Although the department was supposed to have subjected Atwater to “intensive supervision”—weekly meetings with a probation officer, mandatory curfew, warrantless searches, etc.—it had not supervised him at all. [See Memorandum (PDF)]
The brutal truth: Probation has become an Affirmative Action boondoggle. Blacks and Hispanics commit felonies, get convicted, and are sentenced to probation, i.e. the felonies are on the house. While on “probation,” they continue committing felonies, which are also on the house, as long as they don’t involve “serious” crimes, like murder. [Probe says "red flags" overlooked - News14.com, April 2, 2008]
As with the feds’ treatment of illegal aliens, it’s “defining deviancy down” on steroids, at least where “protected minorities” are concerned. In certain jurisdictions, for certain offender groups, not even first-degree murder counts as a serious crime any longer and can also net a killer mere probation.
These meaningless sentences of “probation” are a capitulation to blacks and Leftists who attack the criminal justice system as “racist”—and an excuse for the hiring of do-nothing “professional blacks” (as socialist Jim Sleeper put it in The Closest of Strangers ) as probation officers. Ditto for Hispanics.
Note that there was one last chance to save Eve Carson. Black men had no business lurking in a sorority parking lot at 3:30 a.m.—or any other time. Had Caroline Harper called the police, cops could have chased them off, or arrested them for trespassing, at which point the police would have found their weapons.
But Harper couldn’t do that. It would have been “racist.” Today, being accused of racism spells social death for whites.
In a more sensible era, contacting the police would have been second nature, and no one would have questioned Harper for doing so.
As it is, had Harper not hit the gas and fled her own home, I might well be writing about her instead of Carson.[VDARE.com note: George Zimmerman would have called the police.]
In April 2010, in order to escape the death penalty, “Rio” Atwater pleaded guilty to murdering Eve Carson. He is officially serving two “concurrent” sentences of life “without the chance of parole,” plus ten years for weapons charges and “was ordered to pay more than $212,900 in restitution.” [Eve Carson murder suspect pleads guilty to federal charges, WBAL.com, April 19, 2010]
But the sentences are merely rhetorical. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Atwater will be eligible for a “five-year supervised release”—a euphemism for parole.
On December 20, 2011, Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. was convicted of murdering Eve Carson, and sentenced to “life” in prison.
Lovette is due to be tried for the January 18, 2008 murder of Indian Duke University graduate engineering student Abhijit Mahato. If Lovette is guilty, it will mean that he was already a serial killer at the tender age of 17.
Black predators correctly see college campuses and nearby neighborhoods as sanctuaries full of docile, domesticated, white and Asian prey.
Higher Ed diversity propaganda notwithstanding, college students are still overwhelmingly white. Shouldn’t basic morality and prudence alike dictate that Higher Ed be focused in protecting white students?
Unfortunately, contemporary college campus attitudes regarding race was expressed in 1967 by leftist celebrity sloganeer, Susan Sontag: The white race is the cancer of human history. Never mind that the majority of these people are themselves white! All departments that treat of racial topics ruthlessly suppress and systematically lie about the reality of black crime, and punish anyone who tells the truth about this urgent subject.
And, rather than protect white students, administrators at what I call the “antiversity” endanger them—by withholding vital crime information, insisting that dangerous campuses are “safe,” aggressively admitting and hiring intellectually and morally unfit black and Hispanic applicants, and actively waging war on white students—especially on white men.
Investigative reports on the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and the Maryland state and University of California systems have shown an explosion in campus crime, and of conspiracies to cover-up said crime, in violation of the federal Clery Act. (The Clery Act, requiring colleges to disclose crime rates, was passed after Jeanne Clery, 19, tortured, raped, and murdered in her Lehigh University dormitory room by Joseph Henry, who was black. Of course, much of the crime perpetrated by blacks against white students is technically off-campus, as in Eve Carson’s case.)
Rather than do the right thing, college faculty, staff, and even presidents, promote hate crime hoaxes against innocent white, heterosexual men, seeking to railroad them into prison (and in at least one case, succeeding).
One would expect professional feminists to look out for white coeds. But one would be mistaken.
Feminists have amassed wealth and power through activism, fraudulent “scholarship,” and a “campus rape” industry which, while covering up white coeds’ victimization by black men, promotes rape hoaxes victimizing white, heterosexual, men students.
In 2008, UNC-Chapel Hill founded the Eve Carson Scholarship. One of the first recipients, Caroline Fish, “was chosen for the work she did to bring awareness to gender-based violence on college campuses.”
Eve Carson died in vain.
Nicholas Stix [email him] is a New York City-based journalist and researcher, much of whose work focuses on the nexus of race, crime, and education. He spent much of the 1990s teaching college in New York and New Jersey. His work has appeared in Chronicles, The New York Post, Weekly Standard, Daily News, New York Newsday, American Renaissance, Academic Questions, Ideas on Liberty and many other publications. Stix was the project director and principal author of the NPI report, The State of White America-2007. He blogs at Nicholas Stix, Uncensored.