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James Harris Jackson, a white supremacist who told investigators that he came to New York to kill black people, is now facing terrorism-related murder charges in the fatal stabbing of Timothy Caughman, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Monday.

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In total, Harris is now charged with murder as an act of terrorism in the first and second degrees, murder in the second degree as a hate crime, and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, CNN notes.

“James Jackson prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a black person to assassinate in order to launch a campaign of terrorism against our Manhattan community and the values we celebrate,” Vance said in a statement.

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Vance said that Jackson chose Caughman as a victom at random, stabbing the 66-year-old repeatedly in public, just because of his skin color.

Jackson had told the New York Daily News in an exclusive interview from Rikers Island jail that Caughman’s killing was a “practice run” for a larger plan, adding that he would have preferred to have killed “a young thug” or “a successful older black man with blondes ... people you see in midtown,” or “these younger guys that put white girls on the wrong path.”

It was apparently Jackson’s sick plan to kill as many black men as possible in order to deter white women from interracial relationships.

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The accused murderer allegedly took a bus from his home state of Maryland to New York City on March 17 just for this purpose, intending to commit his crime in the “media capital of the world” to make the biggest statement possible.

Read more at CNN.

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Good. This is how Dylan Roof should’ve been charged as well. I am still angry that wasn’t the case, and no I don’t care that he’s a dead man walking. He targeted a historical church and ended up assassinating a political figure for the purposes of starting a civil war, in order to get the constitution amended. All of which he admitted in a fucking political manifesto. Refusing to charge him with terrorism is how we still get dumbasses who claim that these white supremacist organizations simply have a difference in opinion. They are domestic terrorists, and they’ve been waging a war against black people for over a hundred years. Just because they aren’t good at it, and have had to relax their standards of whiteness to get recruits, doesn’t change that they are terrorists.

Ones that still preach that shit and do things like this are lone wolf terrorists.

We wouldn’t tolerate people spouting off ISIL talking points as difference of opinion, and we shouldn’t tolerate this shit either.