The Hot Yoga killings in Tallahasse in 2018 were motivated by male supremacy, says new research.
Experts have been investigating why a shooter attacked a group of people at a Hot Yoga studio in Tallahassee in 2018.
Police state that the shooter signed up for classes at a hot yoga studio in Tallahassee and shot six women wen he arrived. Two were killed. The investigators state that the man had been plotting the attack for several months.
One of the women who was killed in the attack was Maura Binkley. Another was killed with Maura. And four others were badly hurt.
Investigators suggest that the attack was not random and that the man had a plot when he attacked the yoga studio. The investigators have been working with the father of one of the victims to study the motivations for the attack. They have uncovered that the attacker was part of “Incel,” a group of white supremacists, which means that the man never had sex but hated women and wanted to see them punished. The researchers and victims hope that by uncovering the motivations behind the attack they will be able to prevent similar attacks in the future. “That’s what Maura would want more than anything,” said Maura’s father, Jeff.
Jeff states that Maura would want to stop future attacks from happening and that uncovering the motivations are a key part of that. Maura, Jeff said, was a very practical, solutions-based person.
We are told by Dr. Jim Clark [one of researchers at Florida State University College of Social Work] that men like the killer see women as a detriment to society. “For men like this, they see feminism as having ruined society,” Clark said. “[They attack their victims in an attempt to] restore white male supremacy through acts of violence.” The attacks on the female members of the hot yoga studio were in fact an attack on all women, said Clark. “He tracked them down because they were women.”
Clark says that the attacker was proud of Incel and wanted to emulate other members of the group who have attacked women, even recording himself bragging about Incel’s crimes. The attacker, says Clark, held other members of Incel up on a pedestal. “He composed music, poetry and it was available pretty much online, so it was very clear that he had this hatred of women as part of this ideology.”
The researchers and victims hope that naming the people for who they are will be a progressive step in creating new laws that will prevent similar attacks in the future.
The Senate is currently seeking legal changes to condemn hate groups. They hope that “violence against women” will be recognised as a hate crime.