The day after 9/11 (when I was 1100 miles away from New York City, working in a mall in Coral Springs, FL) I was legitimately concerned for my safety when some ignorant shithead I worked with (in a poor attempt at humor) yelled out into the mall “call the Feds, we have an A-rab in here”.
My parents are Iranian - ask any Iranian and Arabic person and they’ll be the first to tell you: not the same thing.
I was worried because I had heard about Pakistani owned stores getting windows broken and the owners receiving threats and people from different countries in that region being fucked with around the country following the event.
If you look at what happened on September 11, 2001 or in Mumbai in 2008, or in Afghanistan or Israel/Palestine for the past … very very long time, it’s always the terrorists. But in the case of Columbine or UCLA or Tim McVeigh, it does always tend to be some poor guy(s) who was forced to act out against our society’s flaws because He had mental illnesses… and the system… and the media …and Obama.
A few months have gone by since that dipshit from UCSB went on a killing spree and a lot has been said of it in that time (particularly with the whole #yesallwomen hashtag that, although it may have started with good intentions, turned into a lot of people making this incident about themselves as we all tend to do on the internet - hell, i just started this off that way myself).
I think this post below hits the nail on the head. When someone goes out and intentionally harms or kills innocent people for any reason, to me, that person is an “asshole” (to put it nicely). Plain and simple. Fuck all of them. Whether they are referred to as “mentally ill” white men or “terrorists” of any other ethnicity (or gender), I refuse to use either of those terms. They are all shitheads. They are all terrible people. They are all in the wrong, no matter how “right” their “moral” intentions may be.
Once we understand that, I think we will be in a better place.
Yesterday night 17 people became the victims of a violent and deranged individual, a madman, who was unbalanced and ill. And yet another white man poor soul has committed an act of terrorism been a victim of inadequate mental health care. Or so the story goes.