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Loaded terms in descriptions of mass killings

Loaded terms in descriptions of mass killings

I am glad we are finally seeing a shift in the media's rhetoric and that the murder of black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., is being called a hate crime rather than being dismissed as "mental illness" ("Shooting suspect's friend says Dylann Roof ranted about race," June 19).

Too often, when crime is perpetrated by a white person (such as James Boulware in Dallas or Anders Breivik in Norway), the suspect is deemed mentally incapable of being held...

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