Richard Collins III was set to graduate tomorrow from Bowie State University having just been commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Early Sunday morning he was standing by a bus stop with friends waiting for an Uber to pick them up when a Sean Urbanski, a 22-year-old white man, came up to them yelling and screaming, seemingly intoxicated and stabbed Collins, killing him. Collins was a 23-year-old Black man with his entire life in front of him.
Urbanski was immediately arrested and charged with first and second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Upon further investigation by the police, it turns out that he was a member of a neo-Nazi group, also known as alt-right, on a Facebook called “Alt-Reich: Nation.” While the Facebook page was subsequently taken down, according to police, it was filled with hateful, racist, anti-Semitic and sexist drivel.
A young man does everything right. He honors his family and his country with his efforts and choices. He is on a university campus, a place where he should have the expectation of safety.
Richard Collins was murdered in cold blood by an angry white boy.
The F.B.I. has been called in to determine whether it was a hate crime. What a farce. Urbanski didn’t know Collins, there was no altercation. Collins died because he was a Black man in America; an America that has a president who installed a member of the alt-right in the White House.
Donald Trump has helped to breath new life into the alt-right movement. Known sympathizer Steven Bannon isn’t only a strategic advisor to Trump, he was the CEO of his campaign. Trump’s embrace of nut jobs such as Alex Jones has encouraged those who feel that they have found a president who shares their hateful beliefs.
Richard Collins like so many other Black men and women deserved to live a long and fruitful life. There is no justice to be had for him. He is gone. Another shameful day for this nation.