Posted on | July 1, 2015 | 37 Comments
How many times do I have to explain this? You let enough kooks run around loose — as has been the policy in this country since we de-institutionalized the mentally ill in the 1970s — and people adjust their expectations. People become accustomed to encountering weirdos, freaks and lunatics, jabbering madness to themselves on street corners or posting deranged nonsense on Tumblr blogs. You’re not even supposed to notice there is anything strange about these wild-eyed nutjobs roaming around with facial piercings, tattoos and purple hair. I’ve been denounced as an “ableist” for pointing out that a Tumblr feminist is mentally ill, even though her “about” page listed a long litany of psychiatric diagnoses and her writing was self-evidently crazy.
Well, you can’t call them “crazy” anymore, because then you’re stigmatizing the mentally ill, and stigma is bad. Probably not as bad as getting bashed in the face with a hammer, however.
How a Life That Showed Promise Veered
Into Violence Against Asian Women
The last message to family and friends from Tyrelle D. Shaw, an artist and bow-tie designer who called himself “Mr. Talented,” arrived at 1:38 p.m. on June 16.
“Surprisingly, I saw my afterlife!” he wrote on Facebook. “If I’m correct- I should be reincarnated into a Rat. Guess what? Your life after death already exist. It’s just waiting for you to die. I know! I know! People call me weird, but I’m actually Brilliant.”
The distressing note, in which Mr. Shaw said he planned to take his own life, signified the beginning of the end of a vicious crime spree that had terrified an entire community in New York. It also represented the climax of what the Police Department’s chief of detectives would later describe as “one of the strangest stories” he had encountered in some time.
Over the previous six days, a man had attacked at least four women in Manhattan, smashing them in the face with a heavy object wrapped in a plastic bag. The common thread in the seemingly random attacks: All of the victims were of Asian descent.
The attacks and the resulting manhunt for Mr. Shaw, identified through a surveillance video, spread fear in Chinatown and other Asian enclaves across the city.
In one of the episodes, the police said, the man complained to his victim that Asian women would not talk to him. But could such a thing really explain the assaults?
What happened next would also shock: Mr. Shaw said on his blog that he planned to place his neck in a noose tied to an elevator at the bottom of a shaft. The next person who pushed a button to send the elevator up would, he wrote, “murder me without even knowing it.”
Days later, his body was found. It was a sad, violent end to a short, promising life. On his blog, he had admitted to the attacks and had blamed being rejected by Asian women for committing them. He had tried to talk to nearly 1,500 in less than 350 days, he wrote, and none had said hello: “I just couldn’t understand why Asian Women didn’t find me attractive.”
A friend recalled Mr. Shaw saying he had been found to have bipolar disorder, but could not afford the medicine to treat it. Mental health records obtained by The New York Times from 2013, when he was in jail on Rikers Island, did not show him reporting any manic symptoms, only a history of depression.
Notice the sob-sister feature treatment about the “sad” death of this young man with such a “promising life.” If only he had posed with a Confederate flag . . . Well, that would be a different story. Meanwhile, in the real world, where the New York Times is mournfully reporting the death of this violent maniac, we learn why Tyrelle Shaw was jailed at Rikers Island. You see, he “did stupid things, like stealing a leather jacket valued at almost $1,500 from Bloomingdale’s, or stealing four pairs of sunglasses from the BCBG Max Azria store on Madison Avenue.” To liberal journalists, these are just “stupid things,” not actual crime:
He also lied. Two years ago, Mr. Shaw told a friend he was moving back home to Toronto. But he spent much of the period from June 2013 to June 2014 on Rikers Island after being convicted of stealing the sunglasses, as well as an iPad from a hair salon and an iPhone from the front seat of an ambulance.
He was arrested again in December, this time for trespassing, after he was found in a storage room in a building at 696 Madison Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He spent only a day in jail.
Those who knew him said he had changed. Nia Langley, who met Mr. Shaw through social media, said he was “very giving, very open, very artistic,” that is, at least until the beginning of this year. She said he started posting “weird stuff” online — about being rejected by women, about how he felt as a black man, about how he thought Asians were racist.
The parallels to Dylann Roof seem obvious enough here, and the feminist blog Jezebel sees another relevant comparison:
Mental illness doesn’t explain the violence of the attacks Shaw is suspected of committing. Neither does a feeling of entitlement to women’s bodies, and a frustration when they didn’t respond the way he wanted. But like Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 others during a shooting rampage he blamed on women rejecting him sexually, there’s a toxic mess here of untreated mental illness, growing rage and misogyny. In Shaw’s case, that was seemingly compounded by a life of poverty and a grandiose self-image that he seemingly came to realize was disconnected to the way the world actually viewed him.
Slinging this kind of gender-theory jargon about male “entitlement” and “misogyny” is how feminists prove they’re smarter than the rest of us. This particular writer, Anna Merlan, got her B.A. from UC-Santa Cruz and a master’s from Columbia University, which qualifies her to . . . write for a feminist blog. Elite credentials for such menial drudgery, and Ms. Merlan fails to notice a striking aspect that connects Rodger and Shaw — ethnic fetishism. Rodger was half-English, half-Malaysian with a fixation on blondes, whereas Shaw was black and had a fixation on Asians. Can we deduce anything from this? Is there a “moral to the story,” some kind of sociological pattern here? I don’t know, and it might be unwise to generalize from these two examples because Elliot Rodger and Tyrelle Shaw had something else in common: THEY WERE CRAZY!
Wacko, bonkers, zany, cracked, demented, disturbed, off their rockers, nuttier than squirrel farts and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
And what do I keep telling you about crazy people?
- Feb. 1, 2013: News Flash: Crazy People Are Dangerous
- Sept. 26, 2013: News Flash: Crazy People Are Dangerous
- Nov. 22, 2013: Confirmed: Crazy People Are Dangerous
- April 5, 2015: Crazy People Are Dangerous
- April 12, 2015: Crazy People Are Dangerous
There are more than 300 million people in the United States. What percent of them are dangerously crazy? If it’s just 1%, that means there are 3 million potential mass murderers out there. And we can’t lock them all up, because the mentally ill have rights, including the right to vote.
How do you think Obama got elected, anyway?
Be afraid, America. Be very afraid.