While some were friendly in pointing out that maybe my thinking was a bit faulty (on my post yesterday), others were not so nice. I should have expected it when I commented on something as emotionally-charged as the Elliot Rodger killings.
Yes, I agree I am no expert on mental health that I should be able to tell if someone has a mental issue or not. It was purely my opinion at that moment in time. But, after reading his manifesto (Elliot Rodger, My Twisted World), I can be an open-minded enough person to say I could have been wrong, that yes, maybe he was dealing with some mental distress along with his obvious misogyny, racism and entitlement issues.
My irritation yesterday when I wrote that post was the media always automatically assuming that someone who would do such a crime, who was white, rich and privileged was mentally ill. When they report on a black man doing a drive-by, he is a thug, a brown man is a terrorist.
I’m not going to say any more about Elliot Rodgers because I don’t think he deserves any more attention than he is getting.
Instead let’s focus on those poor humans in California who died by his hand and the issues that this whole mess brings into the limelight like the way women are treated by men in our society (if you are on Twitter, please read the tweets in the #YesAllWomen hashtag. It’s both horrifying and enlightening), gun (and in this case, knife) violence and the stigmatizing of the mentally ill.