Hi David, thank you so much for reading and for sharing your thoughts. I do think there are a number of complex reasons that people want to know about the suspect, and the motive, whether that is affinity for a racialized group, or because we want to know whether a situation is going to challenge or confirm our beliefs about racialized groups.
My complaint about the way that the incident involving Noah Green was presented in the media was that in the absence of a motive, journalists were using facts about Green as a person to suggest a motive. Those suggestions played to both curiosity and fear about Green as "representative" of a racialized group when we should all be well into the the process of learning that individuals do not represent their race.
I also think it was unintentional in the sense that we just don't know how to present information in a way that does not create a framing that is fundamentally factually unsound. Journalists are not censoring, but I do see caution, an acknowledgement that we don't know how to talk about these things.
It appears that Noah Green was simply mentally ill. That mental illness would manifest in his interests and beliefs because that is who he is, and that's just how personal identity works. That does not establish or imply motive, and it does not say anything about any racialized group.