Words are powerful, and people should be responsible for them. When we characterize threats as “idle,” we remove the individual from the equation. It’s victim blaming. It’s hard to imagine how Nguyen is to blame here.
So much of the horrible stuff that happens on the internet doesn’t boil down to any particular form of hate or ignorance or whatever.
It’s just that at some point we collectively decided we didn’t want to take the time to treat each other like fellow human beings.