Stephen Padlock Las Vegas Shooting Essay

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Unfortunately, the name Stephen Paddock should be well-known. Paddock was the perpetrator in the Las Vegas Shooting that occurred this October, becoming the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States. But some news articles about Paddock seem to humanize him, even in publications such as the New York Times. This humanization, especially compared to the news articles that arise when people of color are either victims or perpetrators of crimes, show the white privilege that often comes with these situations. One New York Times article about the Las Vegas shooting comes with the headline “Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas Suspect, Was a Gambler Who Drew Little Attention”. The article goes on to describe Paddock in ways that could be seen as favorable, or at least, paint a picture of a man who wasn’t violent,…show more content…
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