Mental illness is not a demon, it is not a systemic mandate of hate, it is an illness. This killer was not ill he was hateful, ignorant, and he wanted to spread terror. We should not attempt to excuse away the reality of what he is and his reasons for doing what he did because he’s white. That is unacceptable.
Originally posted on Media Diversified:
by Maira Butt
The killer in the recent Charleston shootings is already having his horrific racist actions deconstructed under the guise of mental health problems. Already, his case is being treated as nuanced and complex, his history, upbringing, personality and background are being dealt with gently, with a judge even sympathising with his family for what he has done. And as always, we think, why does this same level of sympathy and empathy not translate to any for brown and black people? For any non-white, person of colour?
At the same time we are flaccidly unsurprised. Yet the gall with which the double-standards are being applied is becoming increasingly explicit, if it wasn’t so already. Dylan Roof decked out in a bulletproof vest was…
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