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this is so narrow minded and regressive. White supremacy obviously exists, but it not something that can be identified scientifically or psychologically. Asserting your power over another human being and justifying it through race, gender, age, authority (police), is an excuse and a way to remove responsibility from the perpetrator and into the victim or society. Yes, a majority of mass shooting have been committed by white people, but the cities with the highest murder rate are primarily black. What does this prove? Absolutely nothing. It just exposes cultural divides that we all already know exist. If it were 50 years ago, I can completely understand why race would be an important topic to bring into conversations like this. Why? Because we used to live in a time where white people had the primary control. This is no longer the case. Suggesting that mentally ill people are more likely to victims of mass shooting/violence is true, but also an enormous blanket statement. Define mentally ill, are you talking about something with down syndrome or a depressed, stressed, egotistic police officer who brutally attacks someone (potentially a person with down syndrome, on the PDD spectrum, or an innocent person of color). Because, if we still live in a society where we do not recognize that latter acts of cruelty as a sign of mental illness or someone who is not in a stable mental state, that we are truly going to continue to regress.
This argument is valid, I am not trying to suggest that these factors are irrelevant, they are extremely relevant. But, this argument is not progressive and does not offer any plausible solutions. The only thing that seems to come from this argument is an uneducated understanding and classification of “mentally ill” and a growing anger/divide among races. This is a really complicated topic with roots in origin of racial divide, but we need to come up with more progressive solutions if we want to evoke change.