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Same cause, different response

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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.

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Why such a difference in public perception and our responses? Mental illness is mental illness, no matter whom it strikes.

GARY LOMBAERT

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 30, 2013 A8

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