I came across this tweet today and in case the title of this post didn’t already give it away, I feel like there is something seriously wrong with it.
For starters, not every single mass shooting is a result of mental illness. I mean, really? I know that mental illness was still stigmatized but I thought we were past the whole overgeneralizing crime to be equated to mental illness. Seriously. You’re kidding right?
To be fair, I agree that mass shootings cannot entirely be blamed on white male entitlement, but you have to admit that being born as a white male does come with its advantages. I mean, your automatically exempt from oppression. You don’t have to face the gender inequalities that women struggle with. You don’t have to face the racism that non-white people face regularly. You really don’t have to face any oppression at all. If you don’t want to just face the fact that you’re privileged then fine whatever, but don’t turn this into an issue of mental illness.
While it may be true that many mass shootings have involved individuals with mental illness, this does not mean that this is the case for every single one. Some people are driven by anger, a desire for revenge, etc. To say that all mass shootings are a result of mental illness is like saying that the sun is purple; it just isn’t true.
While I am disgusted by this individual’s Tweet, I am not trying to single out this one particular individual, I am simply trying to draw attention to the horrible stigmatization of mental illness. By stigmatizing people who are ill, you are only perpetuating the fear that many people associate with getting help for their illness.
I think I speak for all people with mental illness when I say that we are not all mass murderers.
Can we please move on from these ridiculous stereotypes now?