A pretty, young, blond mother is suspected of taking the lives of her two children due to a mental illness (Unimaginable tragedy worsens, July 29). The public response is overwhelming sympathy.
A middle-aged Asian immigrant takes the life of a stranger due to a mental illness. The public response is outrage, fear and vilification.
Why such a difference in public perception and our responses? Mental illness is mental illness, no matter whom it strikes.