A CNN profiler was speaking about the El Paso shooting, on August 6, in which 22 people were murdered by an angry white man.
She blamed the killer’s sense of white privilege. Mass murder carried out by white, young men, the “analyst” was saying, occurs because these young men cannot adjust to a changing society. They cling to the way things were, when the country was predominantly white.
In other words, the oppressor in these young white men wants to continue to oppress.
When whites commit unspeakable acts of violence, it is said to only ever come from a place of power and privilege.
When browns and blacks commit unspeakable acts of violence, it only ever comes from a place of powerlessness and deprivation.
With distressing regularity, we’re lectured that black or brown evil is a consequence of systemic oppression; white evil a result of frustration over having to relinquish the systemic role of oppressor.
For heaven’s sake: Let’s not be insensible to contradictions. Let us apply the same method, irrespective of the perp’s skin color, in uncovering the causation of crime.
It goes without saying that mass shooters all are evil, not ill. No good can come of medicalizing bad behavior. Mass shootings are “a moral-health, not mental-health, problem.”
You can’t have a color-coded theory of causation; one for whites; another for blacks and browns.
Ditto for suicide. When a white man offs himself, it’s not because he’s no longer The Boss.
Like the profiler just mentioned, other social scientists implicate a “decline in income and status” in white suicide. It’s discounted and mocked, but, however you slice it, white male misery in America is real.
Better than most media, The Economist’s writers are still no angels. They, too, dance like so many angels on the head of a pin, so as to downplay the effects of systemic hostility toward the white men of America. …
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— Ilana Mercer (@IlanaMercer) August 14, 2019