While the horrifying massacre happened in Las Vegas last night shook the nation, one can already see a disturbing narrative forming around the shooter, Steven Paddock. It shows that how deeply white supremacy and white privilege is entrenched in our nation and the media.
Quickly, observers noted that the language used by preliminary reports such as “lone wolf,” “local” shooter, “gunman,” “distraught person” all clearly indicates that he was white. Unsurprisingly, he would have labelled a “terrorist” if he’s not a Muslim. Since stereotypically, “terrorist” is a code for “nonwhite, usually Muslim.”
But it was a stunning headline from the Washington Post that really puts the issue into perspective.