Rust made these comments on a 4chan message board in 2015 while sitting in a Panera Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia. 4chan is an online message board that is popular with White Supremacists and Neo-Nazis. In his post, Rust wrote, “It’s not murder if they’re black."
Rust terrorized Howard University's campus, causing the school to up their security measures after his racist threats. Following his arrested, Howard University expressed thanks to the FBI for taking Rust into custody, "Relieved @FBI arrested John Edgar Rust for 2015 racist threats to murder #AfricanAmericans on our campus."
In 2012, Rust was convicted of indecent liberties with a child and aggravated sexual battery of a minor. He is currently on supervised probation for those crimes.