PK NOTE: Their Lives Matter Too. It’s a book you must pick up. Names you’ve never encountered, stories you’ve never read about, all for one, unmentionable reason: black on white murder. We were never supposed to notice what’s happening. We were never supposed to catalogue the names and tell their stories. But we did. But we have. Their Lives Matter Too.
There’s been very few days in the past nine years where I didn’t think of Brittney Watts and what happened to her in Atlanta, Georgia. She was murdered for being white. Two other white females on the fateful day she was murdered, but they survived their bullet wounds.
But it’s Brittney Watts who symbolizes so much, because she was the only one of three white females who were hunted down by a black male and shot for their “white privilege,” to die from injuries suffered in this racial terrorist attack.
And that’s what it was: a black racial terror attack on three white women in Atlanta. [Defendant admits fatally wounding woman in Atlanta, Associated Press, January 30, 2013]:
The man charged with shooting a 26-year-old woman to death in an Atlanta parking deck and wounding two others relived the July 2011 incident in court Wednesday, saying it was like an out-of-body experience.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/UDoQ7b ) reports that former security guard 23-year-old Nkosi Thandiwe recounted details of the shooting during the second day of his trial.
Thandiwe has pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and weapons offenses in the shooting that left 26-year-old Brittany Watts dead, Lauren Garcia paralyzed and a third woman wounded in her leg. In court he recalled absent-mindedly drawing his weapon on Watts and shooting her before fleeing the scene in her car.
“It was almost like watching myself in action,” Thandiwe said in court, “I tell her to get out of (her) car. She screams. I fire. She drops to the ground.”
Police have not disclosed a motive, but during his testimony Thandiwe said the shooting may have stemmed from beliefs he held about white people as an anthropology major in college.
“I was trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, and as a result of that, we see a lot of evil today,” he said. “In terms of slavery, it was something that needed to be answered for. I was trying to spread the message of making white people mend.”
The night before the shooting, Thandiwe said he attended a gathering to discuss helping black people find equal footing and was upset that two white people were also there. The lingering anger caused him to bring his gun with him to work the next day, he said.
Have you ever heard the name Nkosi Thandiwe before? He was a black racial terrorist who targeted three white women in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011, killing Brittney Watts and wounding two others.
As the ridiculous hoax in Brunswick, Georgia surrounding some black criminal/thief turned jogger collapses, the reality of what happened to Brittney Watts echoes throughout the years as a reminder of the true source of hate in Georgia and how the concept of white privilege ends.
[Midtown shooter gets life plus 65 years in prison, AJC.com, January 31, 2013]:
The man convicted of murdering a woman and wounding two others in a 2011 Midtown shooting spree was sentenced to life without parole plus 65 years in prison Thursday.
“This I do find to be by the nature of the act of on July 15, 2011, to be very random, very hate-filled, very heinous, very vile,” Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly A. Lee said as she handed Nkosi Thandiwe his life sentence for killing Brittney Watts, and injuring Tiffany Ferenczy and Lauren Garcia, leaving Garcia paralyzed from the waist down.
The 23-year-old Thandiwe sat stone-faced as Lee made her ruling. Victims’ families released a collective sigh, while those in court to support him dropped their heads.
Before Lee gave her sentence, Brittney Watts’ husband struggled through tears to ask the judge for the maximum sentence for Thandiwe.
“I’ve mourned Brittney for the last 568 days,” he said. “I realize the worst day of my life is in my past … But I also realize the best days of my life are, too.”
Brian Watts brushed told the judge and jury how only a month before his wife’s death, the couple moved back to Atlanta from Tampa and into his wife’s dream house with the plans of starting a family.
“He took everything from me … my soulmate, the family we were going to have,” Brian Watts said. He said he found himself looking forward “to the day that I die so that I can be with Brittney again.”
Thandiwe’s mother, Lynnae Thandiwe, pleaded with the judge for mercy.
“He’s not the ‘Midtown Shooter,’” she said. “He’s not a monster. It’s not consistent with who Nkosi is. Nothing can be gained by putting him in jail for the rest of his life.”
Thandiwe, 23, was accused of fatally shooting Watts in the neck in a Midtown parking deck as she left her office for lunch, then taking her car, apparently hitting her body as he pulled away, and firing into a crowd of women that included Garcia and Ferenczy walking along Crescent Street as he sped off.
“He told you he shot Brittney Watts, Lauren Garcia and Tiffany Ferenczy because he had adopted all these racist ideals,” Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski said to the jury, referring to Thandiwe’s testimony on Wednesday. “If race disorder was a [mental illness], then the Ku Klux Klan could murder and kill with impunity.”
Public defender Wes Bryant borrowed from the prosecutor’s opening statement to suggest that Thandiwe may have been out of his mind when he shot the women.
The jury took about 30 minutes to find him guilty of all the counts against him and the sentencing phase of the trial began immediately. He was charged with murder, felony murder – causing a death during the commission of a felony – several counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, carjacking and gun offenses.
Thandiwe’s two surviving victims then added to Brian Watts’ description the shooting spree’s impact.
“I remember feeling the bullet hit my back,” Garcia said. “I remember the moment between feeling my legs and the stark contrast that followed.”
The UGA grad said she went through months of painful rehabilitation, learning to function as a paraplegic. And she married her then-boyfriend soon after the shooting.
She now works full-time for the Midtown advertising agency she was interning with when she was shot, but says private moments of sorrow still lie deep beneath the picture of resilience so many of her loved ones and supporters celebrate.
“I am a victim of a meaningless crime who has a grim outlook on life and her very best days behind her,” Garcia said.
Ferenczy, who was shot in the leg, told the judge she was plagued by nightmares of that day.
“I wake up every night with flashbacks,” she said before lamenting how seemingly thoughtlessly Thandiwe took Watts’ life. “Her life should’ve been valued. My life should’ve been valued. Lauren’s life should’ve been valued.”
Despite descriptions of Thandiwe’s life as extraordinary and kind young man, and pleas from friends and loved ones that he be given a chance to rehabilitate, Lee sided with her reservations that he could change.
“I do have concerns that on any given day in the future he could have another relapse,” she said. “And I’m concerned about his lack of remorse.”
Brian and Brittney Watts would have had two or three children by now, had Thandiwe’s racial hatred of whites not compelled him to target three white women for execution back in 2011.
But that’s what happened in Atlanta back in July of 2011: a black man, who hated white people and white privilege, targeted three white women for execution and murdered Brittney Watts.
Again, this was his motivation for shooting three white women and killing Brittney Watts (remembering, he hunted them down): “I was trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, and as a result of that, we see a lot of evil today,” he said. “In terms of slavery, it was something that needed to be answered for. I was trying to spread the message of making white people mend.”
If you’ve never read the name Brittney Watts until today, but have been bombarded with the false narrative of Ahmaud Arbery over the past two days nonstop, then you’ll understand why you live in Black-Run America (BRA).
Her Name is Brittney Watts. Remember it. Remember her story. Know why she was hunted by a black male and murder.
Never forget the life Thandiwe took, and the children of Brian and Brittney this racial terror attack deprived the world of… Their Lives Matter Too.