Are white shooters called ‘lone wolves,’ by default?

FILE – This undated file image provided by the Orlando Police Department shows Omar Mateen, the shooting suspect at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016. Critics suggest that the conversation around our nation’s tragedies is often framed in divisive, racial code words. If whites are blamed, they say, it is as individuals; for minorities, it is suggested that their crimes are part of a larger narrative. President Donald Trump criticized former President Barack Obama for not immediately referring to Mateen’s acts as “radical Islamic terrorism.” Though Mateen professed support for the Islamic State group, his specific motives, and the contribution of any personality disorder he might have had, have never been determined. (Orlando Police Department via AP)


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