VT Shootings: Racism to Conclusions

David at Orcinus has an inspiring post up about another hero to emerge from the VT Shootings:

The case of Waleed Shaalan offers them a little bit of a reality check. There weren’t many heroes that day, but he was one of them. And oh yes: He’s Muslim.

David then delves deeper:

His case is also a potent reminder to the Michelle Malkins and Debbie Schlussels and Glenn Becks out there, the hapless halfwits who see the Enemy in the “war on terror” as Muslims almost en masse, and are constantly on the lookout for campus “jihads” (remember, if you will, how Malkin pounced all over that Oklahoma suicide bomber as just such a case). They were drooling all over themselves the day of the massacre, posting constantly in the hope that the shooter would turn out to be Muslim, and were palpably disappointed when this clearly turned out not to be the case. (In Schlussel’s case, it didn’t even slow her down.)

The reality is that mass killers come in all shapes, races, and ethnicities, all driven by different demons. With examples ranging from the Amish schoolgirl killer to the Columbine shooters to Tim McVeigh and Buford Furrow to the Washington snipers to Al Qaeda, you’d think the public would understand by now that these outbreaks of murderousness aren’t the product of whatever characteristics might be imparted by one’s race or ethnicity.

Heros come in all shapes, race, and ethnicities too.

Of course the right wing bloggers and pundits aren’t the only ones who made a mess of things. XicanoPwr has an eye opening post on the misidentification of the shooter:

Once it was reported that the shooter was an Asian immigrant, Asians have suddenly become the latest media topic. However, there is more than scapegoat one particular group; during the chaos, there was a troubling sign from the media in trying to link an individual act with something larger. Soon after the story broke, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed initially reported (which is no longer online) that the shooter was not only a Chinese immigrant but also a possible terrorist.

He goes on to list a number of missteps by the media, the worried reactions and damaged reputations that followed, and weak attempts to apologize and whitewash.

Whenever there is an act of violence, it is essential we look at the situation clearly and without bias.  To do otherwise only blinds us to the facts.  That can mean the difference between preventing and repeating a tragedy.


2 Responses

  1. It sickens me when Muslims are displayed as evil people because a few extremeists have reaped unendless havoc on our world.

    If anyone wants to get a real insight into the real Muslim world I suggest the book “The Kite Runner.”
    It is horrifically depressing but an excellent story none the less.

  2. Thanks elqueso. It sickens me when any group is knocked down from the actions of a few.

    I think the Kite Runner is a very good start. No God but God by Reza Aslan is also a very interesting book.

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