Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel was pronounced dead on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse by Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol this week after an apparent suicide, the Columbus Dispatch reports. No one witnessed the shooting.
McCarrel was a very outspoken and public supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement — a movement which quickly became more famous for harassing white college students while they were studying in a campus library, for touching the bumpers of Mizzou campus official’s vehicles and claiming they were viciously run down in the street, and for exaggerating the story of a bag of feces from a blind student’s guide dog into a poop-swastika in order to create a phony race crisis.
This movement also famously shut down a speech by the well-known civil rights activist, Bernie Sanders. This movement is more famous for these things than for any work concerning the police shootings of two young black men last year.
It is a movement that has been connected to riots, looting, and street crime, for sending out the message that it is “open season on white people.” It is a movement whose violent crimes have been largely overlooked out of fear of offending the politically correct left.
While there is some mystery surrounding the reasons McCarrel would take his own life on the steps of the state house, there is a record of Twitter messages from his account which display a degree of mental or emotional instability.
Before attending a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally, he tweeted:
“MLK action later today. Around police accountability. Gonna be cold asf. #BlackBlanketsMatter”
— SPICY (@MC_CARREL11) January 18, 2016
The final tweet sent from his account read:
“Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before i [sic] left.”
— SPICY (@MC_CARREL11) February 8, 2016
Roughly half an hour before sending that tweet to his followers he sent this message:
“My demons won today. I’m sorry.”
MarShawn McCarrel’s family said that his work with the Black Lives Matter movement was emotionally draining and may have taken a heavy toll on the 23-year-old.
Leatha Wellington, his mother and his twin brother, MarQuan McCarrel later reported MarShawn always put the needs of his causes before his own needs. One could suppose that urinating on a state building before committing suicide might fall in line with that pattern.
While his final acts are uniquely grotesque, the young man was not without merit. It bears notice that he created a mentorship program called Pursuing Our Dreams and a charity to benefit the homeless called Feed the Streets. McCarrel was born and raised in one of the most poverty stricken and dangerous parts of Columbus Ohio.
There is some speculation as to why he might have chosen to end his life. It is reasonable to say that he may have invested a lot of his emotional energy into activities supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and that the violence and bigotry that came out of that movement had left him questioning the plausibility of its having a positive effect on the future of race relations.
He may have secretly believed that the goals of the cause had been retarded by the behavior of many of its outspoken supporters. It would be reasonable to imagine that he was distraught over the damage BLM had done.
And on top of that, he was probably overloading himself with his work and not taking the time to for rest or recreation. All of these reasons could easily explain why a person with a troubled background might do such a thing.
But there are a few more unanswered questions surrounding the suicide. Not the least of these questions is how could someone commit suicide by gunshot at 3:00 in the afternoon on the steps of a state building without there being any witnesses.
Second, why was he in possession of a firearm — presumably illegally concealed — if the suicide was not premeditated? The nature of his final tweets seems to suggest that he had planned to kill either himself or someone else before setting foot on the steps of the state building.
There has been no interest from the mainstream media as to where he obtained the gun from. Was it an illegal unregistered firearm, or was it stolen or borrowed from someone he knew?
It seems out of keeping with a studious and community-oriented political activist to carry around a gun, so it stands to reason that McCarrel had planned to use the gun that day.
While we may not agree with everything behind the black lives matter movement it is sad to see a young man end his life in such a tragic way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and family.