Here’s an interesting question that’s been posed over on MSNBC site. To wit, after the New Zealand mass killing, at least some media outlets went out of their way to present the killer as a human being. In other words, white mass murderers are not “terrorists.” They are “shooters.”
By contrast, notes NBC, Black or Brown criminals are seen as, well, outside the pale. They are almost literally non-human. Why would that be?
Of course, we know the answer to that question: to wit, when shooter is white he is “more like us.”
Which brings up yet another question. We would, as a society, be better off de-humanizing white murderers, and re-humanized those who happen to be of color?