In the span of 72 hours we have witnessed the senseless murder of 25 people, and the maiming of 59 more in three separate incidents in three separate parts of the world, due in part to extremist ideology, and most likely mental instability. Most recently 22-year-old Salman Abedi is suspected of detonating a suicide bomb that killed 21 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England on May 22, 2017. In the wee hours of the morning on May21, 2017 Christopher Urbanski is suspected of stabbing to death newly minted Army 2nd Lieutenant and soon to be Bowie State University graduate, Richard Collins III when Collins refused to move out of Urbanski’s way while at the University of Maryland Campus visiting friends. On Friday May 19, 2017, Devon Arthurs, 18 of Tampa, FL told police he shot his roommates to death, Jeremy Himmelman, and Andrew Onschuk because Arthurs recently converted to Islam and felt as though Himmelman and Onschuk disrespected his religion.
Himmelman, Onschuk, and Arthurs were all affiliated with a neo-Nazi group before Arthurs converted to Islam. A fourth roommate, Brandon Russell, a member of the FL National Guard was away at the time of the murders. Police documents stated that Russell was an admitted neo-Nazi whose bedroom was adorned with a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Police also found more than a pound of a substance used to make bombs in a package in the room addressed to Russell.
My point in blogging on these three separate incidents is not to grand stand or reveal in these tragedies, but to appeal to everyone, elected officials to tone the tenor and rhetoric, of separatism, and hate down. My deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of all the families who experienced loss in these incidents. I’m not saying that the current political climate is the cause of these tragedies, I am however saying that it’s not helping.
We know that young men who are prone to mental illness symptomatically exhibit signs in their early adulthood, the three alleged assailants were all between the ages 18 and 22. If you reflect upon other similar incidents of unprovoked domestic violence, https://newsone.com/playlist/13-american-domestic-terrorist-attacks-since-911-photos/item/3405195, all most all of them involve typically young men who were psychotic who expressed extreme ideology.
President Trump’s Chief Strategic Advisor, Staff Steve Bannon, is the former executive chair, of Brite Bart News, a self-described news, opinion, and commentary website which Bannon himself described in 2016 as "the platform for the alt-right”. Mr. President you have not only legitimized these hateful extremist, by selecting one for your cabinet, but you have given voice to an extreme right movement that has resulted a significant uptick in racially motivated violence, church defacing’s and so-on. “An eye for an eye leaves us all blind”. Please help to begin the healing this nation and the world needs by lowering the rhetoric. Reach across the aisle, appoint some democrats and moderates to your cabinet as almost all previous administrations have. Remove Steve Bannon and begin to lead and govern this country by having some earnest conversations about legislation to improve access to mental health care, and implement reasonable back-ground check laws to prohibit access to guns for individuals who are mentally unstable. You cannot win an ideological war by stooping to the level of the terrorist. Only love can trump hate.