Images of a Mass Murderer

Beautiful and heartfelt Rally Against Hate In Detroit, Photo Barbara Ingalls

PTLN 3.22.21

Images of a Mass Murderer

By Maureen Taylor and Marian Kramer, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Each March starting before 1917, International Women’s Day has been celebrated worldwide as a way to focus on contributions made all over the earth. That recognition was expanded to a monthly celebration that is highlighted today. No one ever expected that during a period of cheerful national focus, that violence would stain the existence of International

Women’s Month with the sound again of bullets aimed at unarmed working women.

Early stories suggest that this lone young man focused his anger toward these eight victims connected to three massage salons staffed by women of Asian descent because of his self-described addiction to “physical intimacy” that he could not control. POPPY-COCK…Every woman who watched this horror unfold knew immediately what this was about in

seconds, well before investigators arrived on scene. We were able to connect the dots in our collective minds that comes from what our ‘gut’ tells us when these kind of events surface. The unbridled violence against Asian people old and young has been rising from coast to coast. References to the covid-19 virus that falsely tied it to China have been heard so we knew the source of this violence. Attacks against women during the pandemic are exploding, so women are again in harm’s way.

There is a subtle stigma attached to those who work in massage salons that hints of erotic behaviors that are suspected to occur on those grounds that is part of what is NOT being said in this case. Already, at least one law enforcement officer has described the events that pushed the

young man into committing multiple murders because he was having a ‘bad day’. The point is that these killings can be ‘minimized’ because of the victims’ reputations meaning that they may not be important. Ladies – we all heard that message.

Here is the unproven truth. This lone gunman is just another card-carrying member of the “white supremacist club.” He is a hater who had problems with relationships, problems with women, and problems with women of color. He was psychotic when he killed these ladies and he was that way last month and the month before. He is the exact profile of the insurrectionists who violated the Capitol Building on Jan 6…racist, misogynistic, violent, and believes himself to be privileged in that he had the RIGHT to punish others. He represents the ‘negative’ sector of

hateful white men. Because of his hatred of communities of color, his actions make it harder to unite working people of all complexions. The goal is to unite the class…to galvanize a fight on the basis of what we share…to mount a resistance on the foundation that demands our right to

survive and thrive. These violent actions against the Asian community, the Black community, the Hispanic community, the 1st Nation community, against working women…all of these acts harm our efforts toward fighting together as a class. Each incident, and there are many, is a deterrent to the unity we are developing and must be labeled as such. No one expects every individual person to fight for the rights of working people, but there are some we don’t want within our ranks because of their hateful ways no matter who they are or what they look like.

So my advice to all women is to be aware…to watch others and how they act around you. America is in a time where her ‘dark side’ is on full display which comes as no surprise for the millions who have been victimized by this reality of ‘divide and conquer’ practices. Women, working women, working women of color have been the victims of economic inequalities for generations that often result in the loss of life. All the members of the National Welfare Rights Union are wounded by these recent acts of murder and we cry for the victims and their families.

This type of event will happen somewhere else again, so we have to find the strength to close ranks even in our sorrow as we continue to fight for social justice. The system has to change if all life is to be valued starting with the least of us. We have to talk about violence against women and get better prepared to recognize it. Lastly, we must find ways to take better care of each other while we show our partners that we make better friends than enemies.

At least, go to your neighborhood sports store and purchase a virtual solid-wood baseball bat. Keep it near the virtual front door…enough said.

Contact the Michigan Welfare Rights Oganization, 23 East Adams/4th Floor, Detroit, MI. Phone 313-964-0618 or 313-964-2500.

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