Murdered for their ‘white savior complex’
If Khari Sanford felt remorse for killing his girlfriend’s parents, Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and husband Robin Carre, 57, he didn’t show it.
Not 24 hours after the double homicide, on 03-31-20, Sanford stopped by a friend’s house “and appeared somewhat excited and frantic,” according to the criminal complaint. The informant describes him as pacing around the room and sweating. The complaint:
DF reports that Khari Sanford made a phone call to (convicted accomplice Ali’jah] Larrue that he could overhear. DF reports that Sanford said to Larrue that he had heard on the social media that one of the victims in the Arboretum shooting was in the hospital and possibly alive. DF reports that Khari Sanford said “I swear I hit them, how did they survive?” and was excessively sweating.
Their memorial obituary describes the couple as “kind, loving, gentle people with a passion for family, their chosen work and community.” Robin Carre started a higher education counseling service, volunteering his services to those unable to afford them. One of whom was Khari Sanford.
Did progressive Madison teach Sanford his sense victimhood — despite all the opportunities presented him? In his sophomore year at West high school, Sanford joined its newly formed Black Student Union just as social justice warriors, informed by critical race theory taught at the University of Wisconsin, were waging war on police.
A culture of victimization
Madison public schools had already sacrificed discipline in favor of identity politics because “A zero tolerance policy toward discipline … was having a disproportionate and negative effect on students of color.”
A dedicated practitioner of cancel culture, the school district erased name of the slave-holding Founder and renamed one of its schools after a minor black office holder. Inconveniently, Wisconsin’s capital city — founded the year that President died — retains his disgraced name.
Madison teachers learned that disciplining the wrong students ended careers. In February 2019, an 11-year-old girl at Whitehorse middle school began disrupting class. The teacher called in a “positive behavior coach” who, failing to cajole the student into behaving, tried to evacuate the rest of the students to the school library. The girl blocked the door, punched the educator in the face and broke the man’s glasses.
“I’m not Fxxx-ing going anywhere, you white, bald-headed mother xxxx-er,” the girl insisted, according to the police investigation. A security camera on the other end of the dimly light hallway recorded a white man falling onto a black girl. Before police could issue their report exonerating the behavior coach, “Mr. Rob,” as he was fondly known, was pressured into resigning.
By 2020, social justice warriors capped a campaign to defund its school resource police officers by F-bombing the the school board president’s residence. The school board capitulated.
Letter from the Dane County jail
Khari Sanford himself says it was Madison schools that radicalized him as a victim. From his jail cell on 09-03-21, he wrote in longhand a letter to the judge in his trial, Ellen Berz, “to give myself the best chance of winning this case [and] to win in life.”
“Here in Madison, I realize where I stand as an African-American man in society. Growing up, I never thought that it would be me targeted, watched, and prosecuted the most. Simply because there are people who feel I don’t belong in this world pursuing my happiness, goals, and future. … I attended a Black Student Union my sophomore year at West high school. … I became very outspoken, and by my senior year, I was voted vice president. … That helped me understand my history and where I stand as an African-American man.”
At his trial this past May, Miriam Carre-Potter testified her boyfriend “felt like a slave” when her parents set rules for the couple while they lived in the family’s home. It was the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dr. Potter was in charge of planning Covid protections for UW Health employees. Prosecutors asked Miriam to read aloud an on-line exchange in which she texted that her parents had a “white savior” complex.”
Sanford texted back that it was “cool” because they were “gonna die.”
NEXT UP: The mayor of Madison takes Khari under her wing.