Reblogging this old post…
I say this…so much.
People are attempting to paint the Charleston Shooter as mentally ill. Perhaps it is to avoid admitting it is terrorism. Perhaps to avoid discussion about racism. It is certainly about othering . We must find a way to say he isn’t “one of us.” People counter by saying, “well what if he is mentally ill?” Well, he could possibly have a disorder, after all one on four Americans do. It doesn’t make it the reason behind the act., or make speculating on it as a reason or excuse any more productive. The prime motive is to still…’other.” We need to consider how stigmatizing this mindset is.
This morning it was 8 (F) with a windchill of -7. Its a balmy twelve degrees now.
A couple years ago this spring I had a conversation with someone who insisted that “obviously” a man who killed his daughters and grandchildren did it because he was “suffering” from PTSD, because he was an Vietnam war vet. That was it. PTSD from a war decades ago could be the only explanation. Oh and I was creepy for thinking murder is normal behavior.
News agencies speculate as to whether or not the man who killed a young Muslim family had mental issues, because parking.
“Top professionals” decided Putin must be autistic because he’s an ass in social situations (any situation?)
All of these suppositions come from an underlying belief that the mentally well are good law abiding people and that it takes a mental disorder to disregard others. It doesn’t matter whether or not…
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