Excerpting this piece of Assigned Reading has proven difficult, because it’s not so much about what was actually written in the linked article as it is about what was NOT written. Wellington de Oliveira, who gunned down 12 children aged ten to 15 years old and injured dozens more at a Rio de Janeiro elementary school earlier this month, was described as “crazed” and “angry and delusional” in the piece. His motives, according to the Daily Mail, were rooted in the “bullying and humiliation he suffered as a student and continued to suffer into adulthood.” A CNN piece written a week before noted that de Oliviera’s motives “remain unclear.”
Ahem … let me clear them up for everyone.
First, meet Wellington de Oliviera. (Associated Press photo.)
Second, take a look at the caption found directly under the uncropped AP photo in the linked Daily Mail piece:
Last request: He holds up the letter he left behind which explained how he wants to be buried and that no one who is ‘impure’ is allowed to touch him without gloves.
When Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 and injured 30 at Fort Hood in November 2009, his massacre was treated by many in the mainstream media and beyond as the actions of a crazed Army psychiatrist. Some even posited that Hasan suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and when it was pointed out that Hasan had never been close to action, those who stayed with the meme tried to rationalize that he developed PTSD from all of the stories being told to him by patients coming back from war. It was radical Islamic fundamentalism, plain and simple. This situation in Brazil, I fear, is the exact same thing.
So long as we continue to bury our heads in the sand, this sort of thing will continue to happen. It’s time to stop ignoring the giant elephant in the room.