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Ethnic Background and Stereo Types - CNN iReport (article comment)

A comment about ethnic background and stereo types that can mislead conclusions, in this case a mass shooting.

In Marc Lepine of Montreal Polytechnique, the ethnic back ground is french, Lepine, and an Arabic father.

What psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen described as the intent of many abusers:  "Often, emotional abuse builds over a long period of time until it becomes so unbearable that victims lash out in frustration and anger, only to appear unstable and aggressive themselves. This, according to Hirigoyen, is the intent of many abusers: to systematically "destabilize" and confuse their victims (with irrational, threatening behavior that preys on the victim's fears and self-doubts), to isolate and control them and ultimately to destroy their identity.", which could also include systematic isolation and elimination of a person's means of subsistence to isolate and control them and ultimately destroy them, homelessness.

If Marc Lepine was a victim of bullying and repetitive humiliation or what Marie-France Hirigoyen describes as the intent of abusers, was his ethnic background used to hide the cause or did it influence the direction of his hate and creating a justification for it?


http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-716753