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Florida Man Sad He Did Not Get To Finish Dinner After Shooting Black Man Unprovoked

Instigator of the isolated incident, allegedlyIn what we desperately hope is not a trend, another Florida idiot with a gun has shot someone in cold blood for the offense of coming to his door (although to be scrupulously accurate, the armed citizen in this case is not actually claiming a “Stand Your Ground” defense — yet). But unlike other unrelated shootings in post-racial America, the shooter was witless enough to say something openly racist, both to neighbors and to the sheriff who arrested him. And some relatively good news: the victim of this isolated incident is expected to survive, for a change.

This time around, the singular event (which we must note is unrelated to other recent shootings) occurred in the town of Port St. Joe, Florida, population 3,440. According to the police report, 59-year-old Walton Henry Butler, a resident of an apartment complex, had earlier that day “made several racial remarks to the black children in the apartment complex.” After another resident complained that Butler had called her child a nigger, the victim, Everett Gant, 32, went to Butler’s apartment to talk to Butler about the incident. Butler immediately shot Gant in the face with a .22 caliber rifle, then “shut the sliding glass door with Everett Gant lying outside the door, called 911 then finished cooking supper, sat at the kitchen table and began eating.”

Upon his arrest, Butler, who acted alone in the isolated crime that happened to involve a firearm,

acted as if it was an inconvenienced [sic] when he was asked to stand up and handcuffs were put on. He said he did not understand the problem he had only shot a nigger.

Does this sound familiar? Perhaps this passage from a classic of American Literature will refresh your memory:

Now I struck an idea, and fetched it out:

“It warn’t the grounding — that didn’t keep us back but a little. We blowed out a cylinder-head.”

“Good gracious! anybody hurt?”

“No’m. Killed a nigger.”

Which, of course, is Mark Twain satirizing that sort of casual racism and brainless dehumanizing 130 years ago in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Of course, Huck is a child and a naif, (not to mention a fictional character in a picaresque novel), while Walton Butler is an alleged adult who actually tried to kill another human being, so perhaps the comparison breaks down a little.

Butler has been charged with attempted murder, with a hate crime enhancement.

[Raw Story]

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Doktor Zoom Is the pseudonym of Marty Kelley, who lives in Boise, Idaho. He acquired his nym from a fan of Silver-Age comics after being differently punctual to too many meetings. He is not a medical doctor, although he has a real PhD (in Rhetoric and Composition).

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  1. freakishlywrong

    Any one else shudder to think what this toothless hillbilly was having tor "supper"?

    1. Terry

      He lives on the coast. As much as we might like it to have been possum, it was probably something he illegally caught from the water.

          1. BornInATrailer

            We mock, but I bet a nice, fresh, free-range (?) opossum chop done with Shake n' Bake is delicious.

  2. Not_So_Much

    He was probably late for an appointment at the hair stylist.

    Plus, in his defense, he only shot him once.

  3. ChernobylSoup

    This is obviously a result of Northerners coming to the South looking to stir up trouble.

  4. Barb_

    What the hell was this racist cooking, that he had time to finish it and start eating it? Minute Rice? I would think that when the police were called about a shooter they would get there super fast.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      Barb, it could have been a "steam fresh". Petite baby carrots and brocolli, with wild rice in a delicious balsamic vinegar sauce….served on fine china. I bet he even had a chilled glass of anything….noir.

      1. chicken_thief

        I'd wager that "fine china" for this gent is anything grander than a paper plate or the aluminum packaging those Hungry Man dinners come in.

          1. Biff

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    2. PsycWench

      It depends on whether microwaving Great Value spaghetti or Beenie Weenies counts as cooking.

    3. tessiee

      Caviar on charcoal crackers for an appetizer. Salad wtih black olives, poppy seeds, and thin strips of Black Angus beef. Blackened sea bass with eggplant and black beans, and a side of black squid ink pasta. Licorice and espresso for dessert.

      Damn, now I've gone and made myself hungry.

    1. SoBeach

      "May" elect the next president?

      Heh. Try "absolutely, positively WILL" elect the next president.

      1. BlueJoubert

        Wrongo Dongo, will screw up the voting precincts so badly that, yet again, the SCOTUS, otherwise known as the judicial branch of the republican party, will step in and commit treason again and appoint a president for the second time in the history of our (once exceptional) country.

    1. Doktor Zoom

      Look, could we just agree to not make prison rape jokes? Rape is rape, even when the victim is a racist shitstain. Rape kind of falls in my "not ever funny" zone.

      1. thatsitfortheother1

        Not to put too fine a point on it, but you're geting paid (I assume) for making light of a guy getting shot in the head for no reason.

        I'm new here. Where do you draw the line?

        Cuz I make light of EVERYTHING. Unless it is happening to me, of course.

        1. Doktor Zoom

          Good point–of course, my target is the racist shitstain shooter and the evil shitstains on American Culture that enable such actions, not the victim, but yeah, the line is definitely squiggly. I guess I would just like people to agree to draw a brighter, straighter line around rape, in general. Exceptions? Sure–but they'd have to be pretty goddamned funny, or possibly so grimly gallows-humorish that they'd shine a harsher light on the object of satire.

          The guidelines, if there are any, were best delineated by Molly Ivins:

          There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that's what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it's vulgar.

          EDIT: I'd add that a rape victim–even a contemptible slime who's in prison for doing awful things–is pretty much the definition of "powerless." (Of course, the worst bastards also tend to become the prison rapists, not the prison rape victims)

          1. thatsitfortheother1

            Sorry I missed this yesterday. I do appreciate your reasoned response and will attempt to stay left of said squiggle.

            And I'll save the prison jokes for Ms Thatsit…

        1. Doktor Zoom

          Hah–when I blog, I'm an employee, and not a richly compensated one. When I comment, I'm just another of us proles. In other words, that was a request, maybe even a bit of a moral argument, but definitely not an order.

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          My take as well … the only objection I have is that the whole class of "don't pick up the soap" routines is old, tired and thoroughly played out.

          You need to be pretty creative if you're going to get quality snark out of this topic. Something along the lines of "see what gets shot into your face, dickhead" might have worked better.

      1. Gleem McShineys

        And all this time I thought "GONE FISHIN'" mudflaps referred to something else entirely.

    1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      yes and they get so upset when we accuse them of being racist. My favorite statistic is from modeling the 2008 election: 6% of McCain's voters voted against Obama based entirely on his race. The point I made when my class was examining the model and data was that 6% of those were honest…my personal estimate is at least 12% voted against Obama's race; but the figure is probably even higher given the 2010 election and the tenor of much of the anti-Obama rhetoric.

  5. Goonemeritus

    First off I would like to commend Doctor Zoom for his work ethic (first post of the day last post of the day). If I were Mitt Romney I would be tempted to speculate on your cultural upbringing. Secondly I don’t live in Florida so my life doesn’t suck as much as it could.

  6. UW8316154

    Nice job, GOP. The intentional racial divide and politics of hate is working! The country has now become so polarized that we've returned to the days when white guys could just openly cold kill a minority and feel pretty good about it. That's one way to purge the voter rolls.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        The problem is that they're feeling empowered these days, thanks largely to the GOP's shameless douchebaggery.

    1. MadBrahms

      True, but did anyone else cynically read the infographic line "Defendants not whom lawmakers had in mind" as "brown people", especially given the examples in the article? It would be a bitter victory if racism ends up actually shifting public opinion on SYG law.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        So long as the victims are exactly who the lawmakers had in mind, they're probably cool with this development.

  7. Fukui-sanYesOta

    To add to Mark Twain, here's article ten of the treaty of Ghent (ended the war of 1812)

    "Whereas the traffic in slaves is irreconcilable with the principles of humanity and justice, and whereas both His Majesty and the United States are desirous of continuing their efforts to promote its entire abolition, it is hereby agreed that both the contracting parties shall use their best endeavours to accomplish so desirable an object. "

    1. SoBeach

      I can only assume that the .22 rifle just happened to be the one he had in his hands, stroking and worshipping, when the door bell rang.

      1. YasserArraFeck

        He was probably stirring his possum stew with it, so it was the closest thing to hand when he needed to shoot someone

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          The guy was in a shootin' mood, having just offed the possum a moment before the doorbell rang. An understandable mistake, perhaps, to a Floriduh jury of his peers.

  8. TootsStansbury

    This makes me nauseous.
    I'm happy to hear he is being charged but a little mad at my own cynicism to be surprised that he is.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Cops were like, "Sorry, man, but ever since that Martin business, they're making us play it by the book."

  9. Allmighty_Manos

    Good thing this guy seems totally unemployable or he might have been able to afford an AR-15 with a 100-round drum.

  10. Terry

    Port St Joe is one of the prettiest places in Florida, the water and beaches in particular. Why is Florida so infested to crazy asses rat bastards with guns?

      1. Terry

        Yeah, but cracker has noble enough beginnings. It referred to guys who used to drive cattle out of brush and swamp areas by cracking a whip. How it went from that to lazy assed bastards, I'll never know.

        1. Biff

          It's a very small step from cattle to negro. Remember that railroad incident from so long ago…

  11. BaldarTFlagass

    Guess we should ban The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the school libraries, if this is the kind of behavior that's going to result.

  12. Beowoof

    And people wonder why I don't want to retire to Florida. The place is filled with idiots such as this guy. Met too many of them when I lived there, and the election of Rick Scott only proves it has gotten worse. As for Dinner, the guy was probably eating gator he shot in his yard.

  13. MadBrahms

    I love the use of "enhancement". Fortified with vitamin hate.

    Also, my money is on a Hungry Man TV dinner for the food. Those things are themselves loaded with sadness enhancement.

  14. BaldarTFlagass

    The only reason Florida is getting a bad rap on this is because in Mississippi, this kind of shit doesn't even make the police blotter in the local Gazette.

    1. ChuckieJesus

      It's ok. My otherwise awesome mama looks like Memaw. Radical lesbians from the 1970s age all kindsa ways.

  15. randcoolcatdaddy

    This is obviously Obama's fault for making Black people think they can go outside without getting shot.

  16. Limeylizzie

    America? Is it just me or has the racism , among those who are so inclined, just got so much worse since Barry became President?

    1. MadBrahms

      Surely, it can't possibly be a factor in the marked increase in gun sales, such as the one that incidentally was used to shoot a black man in the face.

      Ah, post-racial America.

    2. MacRaith

      There's been more movement towards the extremes, from what I've seen, and this is the continuation of a trend that's been going on for my entire life. There are people who aren't bothered in the least that we have a black president, and people who are troubled to the point of insanity over it. But the number of people who could be called "casually racist", who are just a little bothered by Obama's race, has gone down. The experience of having a black president has led most of those people to say "Oh, this isn't so bad after all," while pushing some of them into the "OH MY GOD A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!" camp.

    3. chicken_thief

      The election elevated their fear factor through the roof and confirmed their paranoid suspicions – "they" are taking over!!!!!!1

    4. tessiee

      It's not just you.

      Therehave always been at least some racists in any group of people, of course — but the extreme ones have gotten worse. It's obvious to me that having to live day to day with a black President, see his black face on newspapers and TV, and actually hear people *praise* him, has driven some of the worst racists absolutely foaming-at-the-mouth rabid.

    5. Gleem McShineys

      One of the things I thought would be a good thing about having a black President would be that the casual/amateur racists would be sort of forced out into the sunshine, and society would do its normal thing, you know, denounce and castigate, and more or less squash such cockroaches…and we'd all move closer to the concept of equality …

      I hadn't given much thought to the fact that the cockroaches might be armed.

  17. thatsitfortheother1

    I had an inkling that raising a couple generations of home schooled white trash just might not turn out so well.

  18. Advn2rgirl

    I'm completely without snark on this one. I wondered if any black people had been found justified under Stand Your Ground for killing white people. Frontline had a regression analysis of FBI data on this, in which the researcher found, "that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent." Of course, between 2005 and 2009, of the 43,500 killings, only 25 (!) were black-kills-white, so that's a tiny sample, but even that is effed up.

  19. upthruster

    Now remember folks…after this kind of event is NOT the time to be talking about guns.

    1. MadBrahms

      This is a time for mourning (a guy shot in the face), not for politics (which might prevent people from shooting other people in the face).

        1. TribecaMike

          We are the coots
          We are the racists
          We are the ones who'll blow your head off
          If you come near us

          There's a choice we're making
          We're taking others' lives
          Its true we'll make a better day
          On Cell Block C

          (Nice Twain reference btw.)

  20. KeepFnThatChicken

    So here I was, fully aware that this article wasn't ending well, but apparently skipped over the "shot him cold in the face" part. I go back and re-read, only to become even more angry at our current state of mind in this country. I used to hate the idea that a percentage of our populace felt like they needed anti-depressants, or mood inhibitors, or whatever they're called.

    Dammit, they may have to become mandatory.

  21. Chow Yun Flat

    The police arrested him immediately, ignoring the precedent of the George Zimmerman/Treyvon Martin racist shooting. I thought white shooters in Florida got to walk around for a few weeks before seeing the inside of a cell.

    1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Yes and have an entire network dedicated to defending them and smearing the victim; also a powerful lobbying group which helps the little racist shitbag raise funds for his defense any time he wishes. What pisses me off about the Zimmerman case is that the subtext is essentially the same as what happened here but instead of being just some racist douchenozzle whos ass the Aryan Brotherhood will want in exchange for protection we get a well-connected sleazebag with a father who knows how to work the system. I just cannot wait for Zimmerman to get convicted so all those mouthbreathers who try to turn Trayvon Martin (based upon cultural ignorance and LOTS of racism) into Tookie Williams can scream and pull out their hair out. The basic facts remain the same: Zimmerman has a history of violent aggression (alongside racial and ethnic slurs) and Martin did not; Zimmerman pursued Martin in his vehicle and then got out and confronted him on foot; Zimmerman pulled a gun and shot Martin dead. No amount of lies, bullshit and Hanni-jobs are going to change those basic facts…bunch of racist fucking prick Zimmerman defenders.

  22. rickmaci

    I would advocate for a boycott of Florida tourism until they repeal their moronic gun laws, hit 'em in the pocket book thing, but the fact is I never liked Florida and have no reason to ever travel there again and can't image why anyone would go or stay.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Orlando, the beaches, and the Keys … but only the latter could possibly justify staying (for as long as they last.)

  23. Eve8Apples

    "acted as if it was an inconvenienced [sic] when he was asked to stand up and handcuffs were put on. He said he did not understand the problem he had only shot a nigger."

    I hope Mr. Walton Henry Butler offers that explanation to his fellow inmates while he is incarcerated. "Gee fellas, I don't know what the problem is. I only shot a nigger." Being inconvenienced during the dinner hour will be the least of his worries.

  24. JustPixelz

    Lighten up! Shooting someone in the face is an American tradition started by Dick Cheney in 2006. It's what friends do to each other, amirite?

  25. JustPixelz

    Good thing he didn't call the guy the r-word. Then he'd be in trouble with Sarah Palin™ and the citizens of Fox Nation too.

  26. el_donaldo

    Would it be possible for one to be considered "armed to the teeth" if that person has no teeth? Just wondering.

  27. valthemus

    In this instance I find myself snark-deficient. We are simply not amused.

    Wake me for Mittens' next brain-dead, elitist, out-of-touch, Marie Antoinette-ish, you-must-be-shittin'-me remarks.

  28. tessiee

    Walton's been under a lot of stress lately, since he caught his girlfriend cheating on him with Lowell Turpin.

  29. joyinil

    I'm am compiling a list of states that I will never spend one vacation dollar in. Florida is #1, although Arizona is a close tie, but at least they aren't shooting anyone who shows up on their doorstep, yet (unless you are brown, which come to think of it, Jan Brewer, you are pretty brown) . The whole southern belt is off limits to me as well which is a shame because I really like New Orleans and San Antonio. I wish Austin was it's own state. If this keeps up, I'll have to off-shore my vacations. Maybe visit Mitt's money somewhere.

  30. Gleem McShineys

    Well, I sure hope he's learned his lesson! (Always shoot people in the face AFTER dinner)

    I am pleased about several points in the story: despite a bullet to the face, the victim lived through the initial attack; the police arrested this racist fuck immediately and were not hiding his racism; this story doesn't seem to allow any way for the wingnuts to turn the shooter into some kind of underdog hero like they did with George Zimmerman.

    And then I get very sad, because, shit, those are seriously fucking terrible things to be "pleased" about.

  31. Redgyal

    This is so sad there is nothing snarling that can be said. Any human being who can act that cold towards another human being is clearly not really human at all. And it looks like this IS becoming a trend which makes me wonder if we were just fooling ourselves into thinking it was getting better. The hatred was just put on hold for the right excuse to go crazy.

  32. NYNYNYjr

    As I'm sure someone has said in this thread- Stand Your Ground is for outside of your house, Castle Doctrine is for murdering people near your house, the hot dog doctrine is for murdering people while holding a hot dog and the Firebird Rule is for murdering people with your car. And the the Florida Rule is…don't go.

  33. Cheburashka64

    Finally, an answer to the question "Exactly how big of an idiot does someone have to be NOT to get away with shooting a black man in Florida?"

  34. FajitaFriday

    Gosh, it could've been a Mormon, or a Jovvie, or some evangelical knocking. I bet the knock on his door made his Bleu Cheese Souflle fall and that was what pissed him off so much. I don't want to know what part of his body the Bleu Cheese came from, though.

  35. redarmyzombie

    Well, obviously Everett Gant is the real racist here, for…

    …Ah, fuck it, I'm going to bed.

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