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...so engage in this narrowminded mindset yourself, in which we may even blame ourselves for events like these. I have often carelessly thought, what if I had just not gone out that night or what if I would have drank less, falling into the mythical belief that individuals have sole control of each and every one of their circumstances. This type of individualism protects only a certain, elite group though, such as whites, men, the middle and upper class, heterosexuals, and other dominant groups. This is because whenever members of these groups are involved in similar incidents, the reasoning is often deflected from the person’s self but to uncontrollable circumstances. This occurs when white males go on shooting sprees and the media blames it on mental illness, but the shooters in San Bernadino were instantly labeled as Isis terrorists, also an example of Islamophobia.
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