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Stabbing of Ryan Carson

Updated Oct 04, 2023 at 03:50PM EDT by Philipp.

Added Oct 04, 2023 at 08:36AM EDT by Philipp.

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The Stabbing of Ryan Carson refers to the murder of Ryan Carson, a 32-year-old social justice activist, by an unidentified Black man in Brooklyn, New York, in early October 2023. The stabbing, which followed the recent murder of another journalist and activist, received widespread media coverage and sparked discourse on X / Twitter, Reddit and 4chan, among others.


On October 2nd, 2023, the New York Post[1] reported on the murder of 32-year-old Ryan Carson, who was stabbed to death in the early hours that same day. According to the article and later reports,[2] Carson, a social justice advocate and a published poet, was with his girlfriend were waiting for a bus in Brooklyn, New York when he engaged a seemingly disturbed stranger who kicked parked scooters near them. The stranger aggressively approached Carson, and, after a brief altercation in which Carson attempted to de-escalate the situation, attacked him, chasing him down the street (CCTV footage shown below). During the chase, Carson tripped over a bench, with the aggressor stabbing him in the chest three times before fleeing the scene. Carson was rushed to Kings Country Hospital Center but could not be saved.

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On October 3rd, CCTV footage of the stabbing was acquired by the New York Post and circulated on social media.[3]

Online Reactions

The news followed a same-day report[4] of Philadelphia-based journalist and activist Josh Kruger being shot seven times in his own home and an earlier report of tech CEO Pava LaPere's murder in Baltimore,[5] with all three incidents forming a single discourse, primarily within right-wing circles as users sought to draw connections between the victims' activism and their deaths.

For example, on October 3rd, 2023, X[6] user @RyanGidusky wrote, "This is the third prominent white liberal who has been killed in the last 72 hours," with the post gaining over 890 reposts and 5,800 likes in one day (shown below, left). On 4chan, several threads[7][8] about the incident were created and reached the post limit in early October 2023 (example shown below, right).

Ryan James Girdusky @RyanGirdusky This is the third prominent white liberal who has been killed in the last 72 hours Crime in NYC @CrimeInNYC - Oct 3 'Ryan Carson, a social justice advocate who was on a mission to make New York a better place, was stabbed to death on the streets of Crown Heights on Monday! 'People who knew Carson, 32, said he dedicated his life to trying to change things for the better!' CREDIT: NYPIRG Show more Last edited 9:22 AM Oct 3, 2023 721.6K Views [324/32/213] You get what you f------ deserve Anonymous ID: LO085Kvb Tue 03 Oct 2023 15:46:36 No.443202909= View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>443203080 >>443203246 >>443204345 >>443204745 >>443204842 >>443204961 >>443205379 >>443205437 >>443205614 >>443207047 >>443207750 >>443207945 >>443208044 >>443208162 >>443208572 >>443210419 >>443211593 >>443212256 >>443213789 >>443213831 >>443213973 >>443214111 >>443214136 >>443214956 >>443215153 >>443215175 >>443215326 >>443215344 >>443215416 >>443217066 >>443217613 >>443219290 >>443219669 >>443220424 >>443222019 >>443222175 >>443222567 >>443224910 >>443228566 >>443229463 >>443229612 >>443230091 >>443231059 >>443231153 >>443231195 >>443231289 >>443231330 >>443231592 >>443232183 >>443233001 >>443234000 >>443234501 >>443234937 >>443236278 >>443238650 >>443239418 >>443239590 >>443240182 >>443240550 >>443241361 >>443242094 >>443242265 >>443243173 >>443243678 >>443244801 >>443245472 >>443245737 >>443245740 >>443246250 >>443248288 pow by yahou! Top stories 89 F 1/8 Social justice advocate, 32, stabbed to death on street in front of girlfriend 376KiB, 1080x912, 247.jpg View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace >A New York City man who dedicated his life to fighting for social justice was fatally stabbed in Brooklyn on Monday, according to multiple reports. >Ryan Carson, 32, was stabbed at around 4 a.m. in the Crown Heights neighborhood while standing on the street with his girlfriend, police sources told CBS News. >The assailant approached and asked, "What are you looking at?" before stabbing Carson in the chest numerous times

The discourse on X and 4chan was accompanied by memes as users joked about Carson's girlfriend's reaction to the stabbing and about the description of the suspect not being provided to the police. For example, on October 3rd, X[9] user @plantationdrip posted a Blade Runner meme that received over 50 reposts and 610 likes in one day (shown below, left).

Plantation Scientist @plantationdrip "Your boyfriend has been stabbed repeatedly by a homeless black schizo, he's bleeding out. You have no emotional reaction." 5:50 PM Oct 3, 2023 10.4K Views : CO Granite Mtn. Movie Club @granite_mtn look at my girlfriend dawg my killer is not going to jail 8:25 PM Oct 3, 2023 93.1K Views . :

Additionally, multiple users reacted to the news with Scott Adams Cutouts and other similar images.[10]

News of Carson's slaying was also widely discussed on Reddit in early October 2023 on various subreddits such as /r/news[11] and /r/NYStateofMind.[12]

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