The hate killing of disabled people in Japan is a chilling story.
1) the man turned himself in stating that ‘it’s better that disabled people disappear.’
2) he wrote a letter to a politician wherein he outlined the need to kill disabled people, the Guardian reported that: “In the letter, Uematsu argued that the government should permit euthanasia for disabled people, said he would be willing to carry out such killings himself, and detailed how he would do it.”
3) a direct quote from the letter: “I envision a world where a person with multiple disabilities can be euthanized, with an agreement from the guardians, when it is difficult for the person to carry out household and social activities.”
4) he planned to kill 470 disabled people, though he also said he’d turn himself in after killing 260 disabled individuals.
5) all this was known when he was hospitalized, involuntarily.
6) a man with clearly stated goals of mass murdering people with disabilities, a man who had planned it out, who made it abundantly evident that he had a desire to eradicate disabilities from society, spent 12 days in hospital before being released.
The discussion of and public endorsement of the concept of mercy killing of people with disabilities had taken root in this man with alarming ferocity.
But there’s more.
A specific, targeted attack aimed at eradicating a group – a mass murder of a group of people because of who they are, and no where does anyone speak of hate.
Why isn’t it a hate crime?
I think the answer goes deeper than ‘they don’t get it.’ I think it’s because, maybe a little, people see the logic of what he’s done.
And that scares the hell out of me.