There are millions of people out there with "mental health issues" (including me) who wouldn't even dream about shooting someone, including anyone who has hurt them personally and egregiously.

To bring "mental health" into the equation is yet another reiteration of extremely harmful mythologies about mental health, put into the service of racism.

This man terrorized and murdered people not because of his "mental health issues," but because of his racism, overtly taught to him by his own parents.

Being a mass murderer has nothing whatever to do with his mental health. And it is egregiously ignorant, not to mention outrageous, for media to use that as an "excuse" or "explanation" for what he did.

I'd like them to tell us how many mentally ill black people have been murdered by cops. It is the first, last, and only choice cops seem to make when the mentally ill person is black.

I've read too many stories about black families calling police to help get control of their loved one who is "off their meds," and having a funeral end up being the only means of "treatment."

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Georgia NeSmith

Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.