This was originally posted on the Colorlines blog, Racewire, by Seth Wessler.
Today 12 people lost their lives when a US army psychologist and two other men opened fire inside the Fort Hood military base in Texas. It is was an horrific act and our hearts and thoughts are with the families of those who were murdered.
As we respond, we must categorically resist voices of suspicion and reaction so that this tragedy does not bring more tragedy. That the shooter’s name sounds Muslim will offer those who thrive on fear an opportunity to pounce. We reject the impulse to assume that the shooter’s name means anything about his motivations, that being Muslim or being perceived as such makes someone dangerous. A hideous crime was committed. Let’s make the attacks end there.
Since this was posted, the number of victims has changed. The violence left 13 people dead and 30 wounded. To view the original post, visit www.racewire.org.