Entitlement, racial animus, and anger at the United States may have contributed to Aaron Alexis' motivation to go on a shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard.
There is new information being revealed in press reports this morning from interviews with people that knew Alexis in Fort Worth, Texas. That information suggests that in addition to mental health issues, access to guns, and probable video game addiction, Alexis may have also been motivated by a growing sense of destructive entitlement, feelings of racial discrimination, and disillusionment with the United States.
An NBC News.com report contained the following quotes from Kristi Suthamtewkal, whose husband offered Alexis employment in Texas:
"He felt like he had been cheated out of money from the contract and complained that he was mistreated because he was black."
"He felt a lot of discrimination and racism with white people especially."
"There was also a growing sense of entitlement and disrespect. He did have the tendency to feel like people owed him something all the time."
He got annoyed when she couldn't give him rides, and he started eating the couple's food without permission, and ignoring her when she complained", she said. When her cats developed fleas, he was angry.
Mostly, though, she felt like he was fed up with the United States.
These are statements that provide us with additional clues about some of the psychological factors that may have been on Alexis' mind when he shot twelve people in Washington. They also provide us with an opportunity to discuss the sociological implications of this tragic event. These clues go beyond the dominant narrative that this crime was solely the result of mental illness, video games, or gun obsession. It will be interesting to see how the motivation narrative develops in the mainstream media going forward.
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