Longstanding systemically bad attitudes among non-jewish caucasian Americans primarily. I’m a non-jewish caucasian American. Would I shoot up a jewish house of worship full of members to kill Americans who are practicing their religion? No. But I heard negative attitudes about Jewish people growing up. Stereotypes regarding business, plot to take over all money, control of movies and TV, owning banks, etc. Thankfully, I knew enough to ignore those things and treat people as individuals and not buy into conspiracy stories. BUT, I was aware of them, and that was back in the 1980s in a part of the USA that was not far from where the murderer was. That murderer? Is my age. I would bet that he saw the same TV shows and movies I did. He heard the same anti-jewish jokes. He heard all of the stereotypes I did. So why did he shoot up a synagogue and I did not? Thankfully, I knew enough to ignore those things and treat people as individuals and not buy into conspiracy stories. I don’t blame mental illness. MOST mentally ill people DO NOT murder large numbers of people for a specific reason – OR ANY reason. Both he and I learned young that we are responsible for the world around us. He considered doing this act as a “responsible act for a greater purpose”. What act do I do as a “responsible act for a greater purpose”? I work on reinforcing the American Dream that *I* believe in: We are a melting pot of many cultures and all are welcome here. You treat everybody with basic human decency and respect. So, I would never consider doing anything like this. Most people wouldn’t. But _many_ people would. That is what is disturbing about being a non-jewish caucasian American: I KNOW there are many that look like him or I and are cheering him on as a “good guy”. It’s scary to know that. It’s a systemic issue in the USA. Having prominent people like Donald Trump and many others NOT taking a firm hand to STOP this bad attitude allows it to continue.

Longstanding systemically bad attitudes among non-jewish caucasian Americans primarily.

I’m a non-jewish caucasian American. Would I shoot up a jewish house of worship full of members to kill Americans who are practicing their religion? No.

But I heard negative attitudes about Jewish people growing up. Stereotypes regarding business, plot to take over all money, control of movies and TV, owning banks, etc.

Thankfully, I knew enough to ignore those things and treat people as individuals and not buy into conspiracy stories.

BUT, I was aware of them, and that was back in the 1980s in a part of the USA that was not far from where the murderer was.

That murderer? Is my age. I would bet that he saw the same TV shows and movies I did. He heard the same anti-jewish jokes. He heard all of the stereotypes I did.

So why did he shoot up a synagogue and I did not?

Thankfully, I knew enough to ignore those things and treat people as individuals and not buy into conspiracy stories.

I don’t blame mental illness. MOST mentally ill people DO NOT murder large numbers of people for a specific reason – OR ANY reason.

Both he and I learned young that we are responsible for the world around us.

He considered doing this act as a “responsible act for a greater purpose”.

What act do I do as a “responsible act for a greater purpose”? I work on reinforcing the American Dream that *I* believe in: We are a melting pot of many cultures and all are welcome here. You treat everybody with basic human decency and respect.

So, I would never consider doing anything like this.

Most people wouldn’t. But _many_ people would. That is what is disturbing about being a non-jewish caucasian American: I KNOW there are many that look like him or I and are cheering him on as a “good guy”.

It’s scary to know that.

It’s a systemic issue in the USA. Having prominent people like Donald Trump and many others NOT taking a firm hand to STOP this bad attitude allows it to continue.

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