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Dylann Roof is obviously a racist and a terrorist and therefore probably also a fucking lunatic

All terrorists are mentally ill. All racists are mentally ill. All religious extremists are mentally ill.

Muslims are not all terrorists. Not all terrorists are Muslims. Muslims who commit acts of terrorism in the name of their religion are motivated by their religion.

There are very many white people whose crimes are considered to be terrorism and some of those white people were motivated by Christianity, some by racism, some by extremist politics and conspiracy theories, and some by Islam…Adam Gadahn, Samantha Lewthwaite, et cetera.

Obviously this shooter was motivated by racism. He did what he did to make a political statement. He targeted civilians. This is an act of terrorism even if he is a movement of one. Being a terrorist and being insane and being white are not mutually exclusive concepts. These semantic games have nothing to do with reality and only serve to dumb down the already astronomically idiotic state of sociopolitical analysis between the mostly incredibly ignorant American people.

I never said anything about the actions of any racist or terrorist or religious extremist or political extremist or mentally ill person being “unexplainable”. If you understand how a person thinks and what they believe in the actions are usually exactly what you would expect such a person to do. It is the thinking and beliefs behind the actions that may be harder to understand, but this action is not hard to understand in light of the fact that this young man is extremely racist, extremely paranoid, has delusions of grandeur, is narcissistic, and fetishizes violence. This is exactly what everyone who knew the things revealed about him so far in news reports and from his own social media posts should have expected he might do one day. Someone with this mentality should not have ever been allowed to have a firearm.

I consider the fact that racism and superstition are not considered to be automatic signs of poor mental health to be a failing of the mental health profession. If not mental illness then perhaps behavioral disorder, but it is not possible for a rational thinking person to hold such views without their judgement being severely impaired. Granted the source of that impairment is more cultural than neurological. I think it is far past time to recognize culture and religion and ideology as sources of poor mental health.

He is a white racist…a terrorist…and mentally ill.
You know who else was a white racist…a terrorist…and mentally ill? Adam Gadahn of Al Qaeda.
One a Muslim…one a non-Muslim.

Being white and being Muslim are not mutually exclusive. Islam is a religion not an ethnicity.

Ted Kazinski, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Dennis Mahon, Adam Gadahn, Eric Rudolph….just a few of the many white American terrorists universally labeled as terrorists…in this case he meant this as a political act and political statement which makes this,terrorism…the New York Times and other publications hasve referred him as a terrorist.

1. He is a non-state actor
2. He targeted civilians with violence
3. His motive was to use violence against civilians to gain publicity for and to advance a political cause (in this case white supremacy).

Many violent crimes are not terrorism…this one is.

He is a terrorist. He fits all three criteria. He was acting as a private citizen, not a soldier. He used violence against civilians. He committed these acts to further a political agenda. He is a terrorist. Terrorism is a political act of violence committed by non-state actors against civilians for propaganda effect or to force change in furtherance of a political agenda.

He is not a thug. He is a terrorist. A thug (gangster) is motivated by money. A terrorist is motivated by an extreme political agenda (in his case white supremacy). Many thugs and terrorists are narcissistic, delusional, paranoid, and have strong empathy deficits.

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