White males do the majority of mass shootings, yet people tend to associate violence and crime with people of color and minority groups. When the Stoneman Douglass school shooting happened it was rare to see media outlets talk about the shooters history of violence against minorities and it took days to find out that the shooter was apart of a white supremacist group. If this were a person of color someone associated with the Muslim religion it would automatically be labeled as a terrorist act or be centered on the race of the person. Instead of calling this act of terror, his mental health state and troubled past was brought up a lot. If this was a person of color there would be labels attached, such as criminal and monster but with white male shooters there is a focus on mental health problems. How is this a valid excuse?
According to CNN, between the years of 2001 and 2014 440,095 deaths occurred on US soil from firearms while deaths by terrorism were 3, 412. If people of color mostly carried these mass shooting then this would most like be reframed as an immigration issue and would be an excuse for police brutality. White supremacist groups are more dangerous and have killed more people than domestic Islamic extremist group but we don’t usually label white supremacy as a terror. Even whites who commit crimes have more privilege than minorities who commit crime. A majority of how we view issues ands events in this country is through the media and everything is framed in a certain way. The public discussion has been focused extremists groups such as ISIS instead of focusing on the right winged violence. What might be the next step to move away from stereotypes that exist for mass shootings? Why do continue to stay away from calling white supremits and white shooters, what they really are terrorists.