Onomastic Normality: Who Would Suspect A Crazy Murder Suspect Named "Jerry Thompson" Was Black?
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Earlier: Hartford "Sovereign Citizen" Jerry Thompson Is Black Man Who Decapitated White Landlord—Inspired By BLM?

Heavy.com did some serious Googling on alleged decapitator Jerry Thompson, who is black, and who is alleged to have decapitated Victor King, who was white.

When Heavy.com does an item called Jerry Thompson, Alleged Beheader: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know,  almost never is one of the "5 Fast Facts" what race the attacker or victim is, but they include helpful photographs.

In this case, since  "Jerry Thompson"  is a quite common name, they've also included a list of Jerry Thompsons who are not alleged to have cut off a white man's head with a sword.

They write

This Thompson is not to be confused with:

All of these people are white, including, counter-stereotypically,  the long-distance runner (1948 was a different time) and the convicted murderer.

You might have suspected that, because they had a normal name like Jerry Thompson.

And there's nothing wrong with blacks having normal names, I only mention it because in this case the picture was the only clue that Thompson is a black person who killed a white person.

A while back, John Derbyshire did a column on black names for National Review:

In more recent times, those black Americans who want their kids to stand out from the general run of Michaels and Lindas (or, to be more up to date, Kyles and Ashleys) have developed a stock of names that either express ethnic pride in some way ("Ebony," for example, or "Tawnee"), or are derived from Swahili ("Barika," which means "successful") or Arabic ("Rasheed," which means "righteous"), or are just made up ("Davon,"  "Tashira," etc.) There is also a scattering of European names favored solely by blacks. If you find yourself on the phone with a Tyrone or a Clarence or a Letitia, you can be 99 percent sure it is a black person. (Though "Clarence" will be at least forty years old — this name seems to have dropped out of favor in the 1960s.)...

The persistence of "black names" is at least in part a side effect of the great multicultural project of this past thirty years, an outgrowth of ethnic pride and a declaration of ethnic separatism, of "diversity." For blacks who want to be upwardly mobile, the consequences are mildly negative.... A lot of employers are reluctant to hire blacks. Possibly there is some "racism" here — an esthetic distaste for dark skin. A bigger factor, I am sure, is the affirmative action deficit—the suspicion that whatever references or qualifications a black applicant might present to an interviewer were obtained in part through racial favoritism or intimidation. And a much bigger factor is the simple fear of crippling lawsuits.

There is also the fact that black Americans in general, and very unfairly to the hard-working, law-abiding majority, have an image problem. It is considered "insensitive" for newspapers to tell us the race of criminals nowadays, but it's hard not to notice that when we read about some crack addict torturing his girlfriend's baby to death, or some 14-year-old cut down in a drive-by shooting, the names in the story are almost always something like Deshawn or Latonya. We think to ourselves: "Uh-huh."

Onomastic Diversity, January 20, 2003

Recently the Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Bay Times stopped publishing mugshot galleries  because, in the words of a Tampa Bay Times writer, "they disproportionately show black and brown faces. "

Sometimes the only clue is in the name, as when Roger Stone's jury foreman turned out to be named Tomeka Hart, or when a Party to honor Chicago shooting victim ends with 13 wounded, the only clue to what kind of party it was in the name of the "victim": Lonell Irvin. ("Victim" in quotes because he was more of a failed carjacker−he tried carjacking a Chicagoan with a license to carry.)

So if there's no clue in a news story, maybe we should just assume the alleged killer was black—because if he was white, they would have said something.

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