I woke up on Memorial Day weekend to some of the saddest news ever: two people were fatally stabbed after trying to intervene when a man was spewing "hate speech" Friday on a Portland, Oregon, train.
"Hate speech", "racism" and "white supremacy" are strange ways to talk about this and similar stories, which find their way to Youtube every few weeks when someone captures someone who is clearly deranged and agitated on camera. I'm not saying racism isn't dead. Bigotry is an inseparable part of this behavior. But it seems clear that these people are more mentally ill than they are racist -- which is why intervention is so dangerous.
For example, the "Racist Handicap Guy in Wheelchair" made the rounds this week. To me, it's clear that the guy in the wheelchair isn't just physically disabled. He's also mentally disabled. All this screaming and swearing because he heard someone talking in Spanish. That's not normal. He's agitated and incoherent, and this is not normal behavior.
Here's another one. Does this seem like the behavior of a stable person?
Does this woman seem healthy?
How about this one? Her DAUGHTER sure seems to know her mom is off.
What about this woman? Would you try to predict what SHE would do? The guy who posted the video says, "RACISM STILL EXISTS," but this doesn't look like racism, as much as insanity.
What so many social justice warriors, who claim not to be ableist, and who claim to want better medical insurance for Americans, are so eager to call "proof of racism," I see as "proof of a mental health crisis."
Which is why two Portland residents are dead.
When it comes to crazy people, it's always best to proceed with caution, because it makes no sense to try to predict what a crazy person would do. Call this a microaggression. Call it ableism. But it's true. Crazy people are crazy. I avoid them, because I want to be safe. If you're offended by this, I don't really care. After you've been stalked and held hostage by a crazy person, after you've received your first Tarasoff warning, we'll talk.
Though, honestly, it also doesn't make sense to try to predict who is a crazy person. To borrow an excerpt from The Media Loves Chivalrous Men. Here's Why I prefer to be a Chivalrous Woman:
You never know who’s going to be crazy.
Not to victim blame -- at all! -- but the two men who were murdered in Portland last night were murdered because they tried to intervene in a lunatic's rantings and ravings, and the guy was crazy enough to slit their throats.
The media is calling what happened before the murder "hate speech", but... it's more than just that. Police spokesman Pete Simpson said at a news conference, “This suspect was on the train and he was yelling and ranting and raving a lot of different things, including what we characterized at hate speech or biased language.”
It sounds disorganized and agitated. People who act like this are generally mentally ill.
Which is why I think it's strange that a lot of social justice warriors are trying to call this "terrorism."
Like, this is hardly scientific or rigorous, but the guy even looks deranged.
I wouldn't flinch if someone called this a hate crime -- though the definition of "terrorism" vs. "hate crime" is somewhat subjective and hotly contested.
In the US, a hate crime is generally defined as "motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation". Many US states have their own hate crime statutes that apply to charges prosecuted under state laws.
Terrorism charges, on the other hand, are discrete offenses, including charges like material support for terrorist groups and use of weapons of mass destruction. "Domestic terrorism" must meet three criteria:
1. Occurs primarily in the US.
2. Dangerous to human life and violates federal or state law.
3. Is intended to intimidate or coerce civilians or governments by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.
Terrorism prosecutions are harder to prove than regular crimes, because the charges rely on motive, intent, and other psychological factors. Which is part of the reason why domestic organizations and individuals, especially neo-Nazi and white supremacists, tend to be charged with conspiracy, organized crime and weapons violations. A study of Justice Department cases found that went forward with terror charges had a lower rate of conviction than those that didn't.
We don't know everything about the Portland killer yet -- and I will happily edit/update this as new information comes out. But it seems to me that this had less to do with coercing civilians or governments in some premeditated way, and more to do with a guy who became disorganized and agitated on a train.
Just like the people in the other videos I shared here don't seem quite right in the head. Instead of further provoking them, or filming and "exposing" them on Youtube, maybe just stay away and be safe. After all, according to a recent Quillette piece, When Good Men Fail to Stand Up to Danger,
The problem of unobstructed public violence, especially on public transport, is getting worse. In 2010, there were 6377 violent assaults on the London Underground network. By 2015, that number had risen to 8164. The problem also extends to sexual assault. The number of sexual assaults on the London Underground doubled in the same time from 544 to 1179. And according to TfL, 1 in 7 female passengers aged over 16 experienced sexual harassment on London’s public transport in 2014...
And, to revisit the Chivalrous Woman article:
Here’s another story:
Most people are not trained in self-defense, deescalation, and hero stuff.
But, getting back to the point, it's always interesting when social justice logic begins contradicting itself. We have to support the mentally ill and act like their mental illness doesn't make them any different from the rest of us... until they have a public meltdown. Then they become racists and terrorists, whereupon the online lynch mobs come out.
Miley Cyrus is "problematic" for "appropriating" black culture as a white artist... but no one wants to talk about the disgusting and misogynistic aspects of black music. (As Miley describes it, much to the dismay of SJWs, "'Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.' I can't listen to that anymore... That's what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much 'Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock'—I am so not that.")
Ending rape culture on college campuses is important -- but not as important as only supporting rape survivors who are "officially anti-Israel."
Which isn't to say that the right isn't equally hypocritical. The same people who think it's wrong to force Christian bakers to bake a gay wedding cake... got their little panties all up in a bunch when a few private businesses announced special, women-only screenings of the new Wonder Woman movie.
We are all hypocrites. We are all prone to motivated reasoning. But as disgusting as I find the behavior in many of these videos, a large part of me just feels uncomfortable and sorry for them, because they are clearly not getting the help they need.