I don't think the shooting was race-based at all. But the media coverage certainly is. The story that someone posted earlier contains 2 pictures of the one black victim, as well as 1 of his widow. It has 1 picture of one of the 11 white victims.Maybe because I'm not reading too much about this naval yard shooter, but I'm not seeing this as a black/white thing. This kind of workplace shooting/mass shooting rarely seems to be about race. After all, these people are f*cking crazy and crazy comes in all colors.
The story that I do think is about race is about this young black guy killed (shot 10 times) in NC by a cop. I believe that if you inserted a white guy into the same set of circumstances, no way would he have ended up dead, shot 10 times.
The story you linked said that 4 other people have been shot and killed by officers of that department in less than 2 years. Were they all black? I haven't found any article that gives any details about the previous shootings, so I['m curious.