November 7th, 2009
|12:52 am - Comments about the Fort Hood Shootings|
I can't think of anything to say about the Fort Hood shooting that isn't said at least as well in this brilliant post. I am also deeply upset by the level of racism in US media, and by headlines like the following
Most significant, officials were not prepared to say whether the attack was the act of a lone and troubled man or connected to terrorist groups, foreign or domestic. I have yet to see anything similar mentioned when one of the identical shootings by white Christian soldiers occurred. Racism was almost certainly one of the causes of this horror and racism is also all to clearly one of the results.
Current Mood: angry
It’s the usual double standard: if the crime was committed by a white Christian male, then they were just crazy; if it was committed by someone associated with civil rights, non-Christian religion, heavy metal music, or role-playing games, it was obviously part of an anti-American agenda.
Or the Satanic agenda. Don't forget that.
“Anti-American” and “Satanic” are probably the same thing in the minds of people who fall for that line anyway. (Usually people who have never read the Army Chaplain’s Manual or the Treaty of Tripoli...)
|Date:||November 7th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)|| |
I'd like to point out that the media outlets that I view/listen to (CNN, NPR, local NPR, BBC) have ALL gone out of their way to say that officials don't know if this was related to terrorism/something bad about Islam/etc.
Sure, it isn't much, but a lot more than I'd heard in previous stories involving someone with Islamic ties. Unfortunately, it is probably too little too late.
Please take into account that I don't own a television, so I don't know what people are being bombarded with via the boobtube.
|Date:||November 8th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)|| |
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that simply the act of openly mentioning that particular question actively puts the idea that the incident might be connected to Islamic terrorism in viewer's minds, and that not asking that question could keep it out of viewer's minds. Of course, if bigotry is sufficiently high that most people are already making this connection, then that's not true, and mentioning this lack of information is a good thing.
It sounds a lot to me like suicide by cop, only the person who was shot just happened to be a Muslim.
Suicides by US soldiers who've finally broken due to their experiences, be they a psychiatrist who has no one to turn to or someone about to be shipped to Iraq for a fourth tour, while not common, are frequent enough to be noteworthy.