Ferguson, of course, was literally crazy, as well as impelled by hatred against whites, but instead of this being treated as a hate crime, his lawyers William Kunstler and Ronald Kuby attempted to use it as a defense, claiming he suffered from "black rage" syndrome.
I came home from work on the Long Island Railroad one day in December, 1993. My train was right behind the one in which Colin Ferguson went berserk and shot 25 people [6 died]. We were held up for a long time, and there were no cell phones.
My poor wife was at home, watching news of the shooting on TV. For all she knew, I might have been among the dead. Kind neighbors came round to keep her company. Telling me about it afterwards, she remarked: "They kept saying the same thing: 'It must be a black guy. If it was a white guy, they would have told us ...'"