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22-year-old Darrien Hunt, was shot and killed by police while walking around with the souvenir martial arts weapon outside a convenience store in Saratoga Springs, Utah, last Wednesday.
According to the Associated Press, the autopsy concluded that Hunt was shot “numerous times, all from the rear.”
“This is consistent with statements made by witnesses on the scene, who report that Darrien was shot to death while running away from police,” family attorney Randall Edwards said in a statement. “It would appear difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile these facts with a story that Darrien was lunging toward the officers when he was shot.”
According to a statement issued by Utah County Chief Deputy Attorney Tim Taylor, “When the officers made contact with Mr. Hunt, he brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr. Hunt was shot…”
There were hundreds of white people brandishing two swords at ComiCon the previous week. Why were they gunned down?
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Utahans are way into fantasy role playing games. We have several Renaissance Festivals and one often comes across people wielding fake swords and fake armor white bantering in a fantasized version of old English.
Utah is strange. I’ve come across kids pretending that they were righteous Nephite soldiers battling the evil Lamanites in fantasy re-enactments of the battles in the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon is a racist work from the 1800s. It claims that Native Americans are descendents of the Lost Tribes of Israel who came to the new world in a submarine.
The people were divided into a White and Delightsome group called the Nephites and a Dark and Loathsome group called the Lamanites. The Dark and Loathsome Lamanites launched an extermination war against the White and Delightsome Nephites.
The Dark and Loathsome Lamanites not only killed all the White and Delightsome Nephites. They killed all their horses and destroyed the archeological evidence of the Nephite race.
I have nothing against cosplay or fantasy games. Seeing kids play out the racist fantasies of Joseph Smith makes me queasy.
Anyway, I was devastated to learn that a young black man was gunned down in Utah County earlier this week because he had a role playing sword.
If you are wondering about the links between Mormonism and racism, you can Google “Mormon, White and Delightsome” or you can just read the Book of Mormon. It is a book about a fantasy racist war.
Anyway, I personally have encountered dozens of white people in their teens and early twenties playing with fake swords. If having a fake sword was reason to shoot a kid in the back; we would have had several incidents of white kids being killed.
My heart goes out to the family of Darien Hunt. Because fantasy role playing is common among white kids in this state, I do not buy for an instant the claim that race was not a factor.