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Daniel Penney claims he can't be racist as he planned trip to Africa – Mother Jones

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in his first Interviewed since being charged with second-degree murder in the murder of Jordan Neely, Daniel Penny said he “couldn’t be a white supremacist” because he was, among other things, “planning a road trip through Africa”. Had been.” in an interview with new york postThe ex-Marine said the allegations of racism against him are “a bit comical”.

“Everyone who has ever met me can tell you, I love all people, I love all cultures. You can tell from my past and all my travels and adventures around the world,” Penny said. Said. “I was actually planning a road trip through Africa before this happened.”

Nelly’s family said the interview was nothing more than a Pro-Penny Press Release,

“We don’t care how many vacations he’s been on,” Donette Mills, an attorney representing the Neely family, told NBC News. “We want to know why he didn’t let go of that chokehold until Jordan was dead.”

On May 1, Penny, who is white, placed Nellie—a black homeless man who was allegedly yelling at passengers on the F-train—in a fatal chokehold. blue Allegedly She had a long history of mental health struggles following the 2007 murder of her mother. On May 12, Penny was formally charged with second-degree murder.

While Penny may not claim to be a white supremacist or “vigilante,” the far right is obsessed with her. Since revealing his identity, many right wing troll With your more run-of-the-mill conservatives, Penny has been pushed as “hero.“In the political arena, high-profile Republicans, such as Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Matt Gaetz, has supported Penny openly and financially. As my colleague Noah Lanard previously reported, Penny’s supporters have raised more than $2 million in donations through the Christian crowdfunding website GivesendGo.

Arguing that you are not racist because you were planning a road trip to Africa is silly. Anyone who’s ever opened a history book will know that racists have long traveled the continent – ​​just look at any of these numerous British colonies Bloody legacy in African countries or transatlantic slave trade,

If Penny was looking for sympathy, then that explanation isn’t helping.