Timothy Caughman: Victim of Domestic Terrorism

This is Timothy Caughman, the 66-year-old Black man who was brutally murdered in New York City on 20 March. His killer, James Harris Jackson, is a self-described “white supremacist” who harbored intense hatred for Black people in general, but Black men in particular. He turned himself in to the local authorities in the wee hours of 22 March, after stabbing Mr. Caughman multiple times with a 24-inch, double-edged sword:

On his Twitter page, 66-year-old Timothy Caughman described himself as a “can and bottle recycler” as well as an “autograph collector.” He hoped to visit California one day and expressed his deep love for this country on Election Day by standing in line and taking part in the democratic process. However, Caughman lived in a country where everyone did not love him back. Since the election of Donald Trump as president, the nation has seen a rise in hate crimes and bigotry. On Monday, Caughman became a victim of one of those hate crimes.

On March 17, Army veteran James Harris Jackson, 28, took the Bolt Bus from Baltimore to New York City with an extremely disgusting plan in mind: to kill Black men. Days later, Jackson crossed paths with Caughman as he collected bottles close to the Midtown homeless shelter where he lived. The altercation turned deadly when Jackson pulled out a sword and stabbed Caughman multiple times in the torso.

After the brutal attack, Caughman stumbled into a nearby police precinct with wounds to his back and chest, said Assistant Chief William Aubry, the commander of Manhattan South detectives, as reported by the New York Times. Caughman was then transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

A quiet man who was minding his own business became a victim of domestic terrorism, yet no buildings will dim their lights for him. Only the people who knew and cared about Mr. Caughman will be holding a candlelight vigil, or placing flowers near the place where his life was taken. The standard, ridiculous excuses of “insanity” are already being bandied about by heartless lawyers. They offer up that lame defense as if it were a valid excuse, but there is no defense or excuse for the inbred cretin who murdered Mr. Caughman in a most up-close-and-personal way.

I lit a candle for Mr. Caughman – it’s the least I can do. Doing a little bit, sometimes, is better than doing nothing at all. Many people don’t seem to understand or respect that. It’s a shame.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. leggypeggy
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 20:23:31

    Thank you for this tribute to Mr. Caughman. I’ll light a candle for him too. It is so disheartening that Trump’s rabid behaviour has led people to act out such senseless, cruel and horrendous crimes.

    And bullshit to an argument of insanity. Jackson took the bus from Baltimore to NYC. He had a plan.

    • sepultura13
      Mar 24, 2017 @ 14:08:16

      “And bullshit to an argument of insanity. Jackson took the bus from Baltimore to NYC. He had a plan.”

      Yep…he had it all planned out, and documented it in a manifesto. He waited days before turning himself in to the authorities. He chose to do this for sheer hatred – nothing more. He’s guilty as fuck and anyone with sense knows this. Unfortunately, there are far too many senseless people out there who wish to ignore the obvious facts.

  2. dancingpalmtrees
    Mar 24, 2017 @ 07:51:21

    Reblogged this on Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit and commented:
    Rest in Peace Timothy Caughman. This is the face of Domestic Terrorism and the real true face of America. Some will mourn his passing but most will just shrug their shoulders at the death of yet another Black Man murdered by a KKK Trump disciple. The inbred evil and wickedness in America sounds the death-knell of the USA. America’s fall shall come from within not from outside forces.

    • sepultura13
      Mar 24, 2017 @ 14:01:33

      Thank you for the reblog…for all the good it does, since the original post won’t be given credit by the majority. Still, I appreciate it!

  3. Linda
    Mar 25, 2017 @ 11:14:50

    I hope they throw the book at Jackson. What a waste of precious oxygen! Another innocent lost to hatred. Tragic and wrong. 😦

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