I should keep making a part 2, 3, 4, until this stops. That may be too demanding though. We might get to the hundreds before this stops, if ever.
I wanted to focus on a little bit of President Dumbass’s response to the Texas shooting. I just…I have a lot of anger toward this man. But I’m also exhausted, so this isn’t gonna be a super long post. All I have to say I’ve said about a month ago here and here. I just….I just don’t know anymore. This was a man with domestic abuse issues. He hit his wife. He threatened his in-laws. Now, repeat after me: This is not mental illness. Being a violent douchebag is not a mental illness. It’s a CHARACTER FLAW as my professor put it.
Mr. Trump, some things to consider: There hasn’t been any evidence that I’ve been made aware of that this man was mentally ill. You pulled that idea and reason out of your ass because you don’t understand mental illness and you want to scapegoat a commonly targeted group when the real problem are white men with guns.
Interestingly, the same website this graph is from shows 48% of people blame inadequate mental health facilities for these shootings. How has Mr. Trump’s comments helped this narrative? In the nonchalant way he said “this is a mental health problem” and that this was a “deranged” person. It seems harmless, right? But think about it. This paints the mentally ill as unstable. As if, “of course this person was mentally ill, you know how those people are”. I understand your subtext Donald, and I don’t accept it. You are the President of the United States of America, and your language is inappropriate and stigmatizing. You cannot say anything carelessly, because people watch you and, God help us, follow your example. Even though I think you are unfit to hold your office, it is still your goddamn job to ensure the American people that you are capable of presenting a postiive front in the face of terror. Today I saw a President with a blatant disregard for mental illness, who if I told you I was on psychiatric medication would automatically assume I’m “deranged”. Look at these statistics from NAMI:
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.1
- Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.2
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.3
That’s quite a large amount of mentally ill out there, and 99.9% of them don’t commit violent crimes but are more likely to have violence put upon them. Educate yourself. Do research. And you know what? If you’ll sit there and preach about how terrible the mental health system is while you avoid the issue of entitled white men with guns, then at least give us a goddamn plan to help make living with our daily illnesses better, because on one hand, I do agree with you. Our mental healthcare is not great at all. I was looking at insurance plans today in my MENTAL HEALTH, MEDIA, AND PUBLIC POLICY class (I capitalized that so that everyone knows I know what I’m talking about and that I’m not making anything up) and the lowest copays I could find for my medications were 35 dollars each per month (30 pills in each vial). 70 together. On my parents plan, which I’m still on and will be for some time thank goodness, they cost 10 each. That’s a frightening thing for me to look forward to, and I’m a bit more well off than a lot of people in America. Some people can’t even get the services I get now, and that’s appalling. So again, if you want to blame mental illness, you’re wrong, but I’m not your speech writer, if you even have one, and I’m not in your cabinet. But I’m a mentally ill American citizen and I demand better for myself and everyone out there like me.