Had Paddock been of another race or ethnicity, would he have been branded a terrorist instead, or would aspersions have been cast on his minority group? REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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When Stephen Craig Paddock – a white American – was identified as the gunman who rained bullets on multitudes at a Las Vegas concert, he was quickly characterized as a "lone wolf". Had he been of another race or ethnicity, would he have been branded a terrorist instead, or would aspersions have been cast on his minority group?The lone wolf label has been frequently ascribed to mass killers, like Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter James Holmes, a white man who killed 12 people in 2012 .Last year, amid the investigation into the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, Trump criticized former President Barack Obama for not immediately referring to shooter Omar Mateen's acts as "radical Islamic terrorism".Obama was unsparing in describing the killings of nine worshippers in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 by Dylann Roof as "an act of terror" and "an act of hate".
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