Mass shootings a product of ‘white privilege’?

gun-barrelIn an interview with talk radio host Kathleen Wells, a public university professor claimed “white privilege” is a causal factor that leads to mass shootings like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.

Quoting statistics showing that white men commit 70 percent of mass murders, Wells asked University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Robert Jensen whether there is “any correlation/connection with white privilege.”

“My guess is that has something to do with the sense of entitlement that most white people feel,” Jensen responded, according to a transcript of the interview posted on the Huffington Post website. “So, when the world doesn’t deliver what those men feel they deserve, violence is seen as a reasonable response.”

In a separate interview with Campus Reform, Jensen made what could be the mother of all stereotypes, connecting the tea party to this “sense of entitlement that most white people feel.”

“Do people who have a sense of entitlement and feel that society is not delivering to them what they are entitled to ever react out of resentment and revenge?” Jensen wondered. “A lot of the tea party rhetoric seems to have that tone to it.”

While everyone is certainly entitled to an opinion, what’s disturbing is that Jensen is teaching America’s children. And he is not the exception, nor is the theory he espouses.

Hugo Schwyzer, a professor at Pasadena City College, told Role/Reboot in July, right after the shooting in Aurora and five months before the Newtown tragedy, that there is something about the white, male, middle-class experience that makes it easier for troubled young men to turn schools and movie theaters into killing fields.

Arguing that “maleness and whiteness are commodities in decline” and that “things are looking up” for women and people of color, Christy Wampole, an assistant professor at Princeton University, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the Sandy Hook shooting was the consequence of the waning privileges afforded to white males.

“Because resources are limited, gains for women and minorities necessarily equal losses for white males,” Wampole wrote. She continues:

“Can you imagine being in the shoes of the one who feels his power slipping away? Who can find nothing stable to believe in? Who feels himself becoming unnecessary? That powerlessness and fear ties a dark knot in his stomach. As this knot thickens, a centripetal hatred moves inward toward the self as a centrifugal hatred is cast outward at others: his parents, his girlfriend, his boss, his classmates, society, life.”

In truth, with so much media attention on the faux “war on women”, what we are seeing in academia is a very real war on white men, as if being a white male alone is the causal factor in the majority of mass murders. As if the white man is the last vestige of encumbrance to the grand utopia the far left seeks.

Author David Leonard even coined his own term for our bigotry: “white delusional disorder.

On full display here is the hatred of the white man, which is often indistinguishable from the hatred of yesterday’s America, where minorities were held back and opportunities were denied to those of color. So much so that we dare not yearn for the simpler times for fear of being labeled racists yearning for the time when women and minorities were effectively “oppressed.”

After Obama’s re-election, Ebony Magazine ran an article by Leonard, “Obama and the Death of White Power,” asking why white America is so angry. Never mind that blacks only represent 13 percent of the population, meaning that Obama would never have become president had he not enjoyed an overwhelming acceptance from white voters.

While it is true that most mass murderers are white men, there is no clear understanding why this is. Talk about stereotype — it is the height of absurdity to think that every white male is the same.

And to somehow connect this to the tea party shows just how out of touch the left is in America. Attend a tea party rally, and you will find that those present, of all colors, are far more focused on the future their children can expect than on a sense of entitlement or what’s in it for them.

What I find most amazing is that in a time when America should be celebrating its diversity and looking with pride to the election of a black man to the highest office in the land, we are instead more divided than ever.

Call it identity politics, where we are sliced and diced in every conceivable category, through race, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation or traditional dominance. Will we ever look to politicians and say, “Enough is enough”?

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Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.He can be reached at tom@bizpacreview.com
About Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review. He can be reached at tom@bizpacreview.com

  • J. Davis

    Tom, how do the explain VA Tech? No it is not white privilege it is racial media. What? Follow along.

    Media fails to report over 400 young people murdered in Chicago. Black or Hispanic women go missing and hardly a peep.

    However, white murders create ratings. CT white killer and majority if not all the victims were white. VA Tech Asian killer and majority of victims white. Go to the movie theater same story. Columbine same situation. The media believes that white killings get them more ratings and will gin up enough anger to take guns away from whom? Why angry white men of course.

    Do we not see the same treatment when it comes to missing girls? Women? How about husbands that murder their wives? The rare exception of course is if we are talking about an athlete. However, it is never their fault. Has to be a brain injury or no doubt a bad childhood that resulted in their drug use.

    We need to face the fact. The media is racist.

  • Tom Tillison

    Actually, I disagree… the Far Left, of which the media are sympatico with, see the white male as the impedes to advancing its secular progressive agenda. The white man is the embodiment of all that they must overcome, be it our Judeo-Christian values or the Constitution itself. By denigrating the white man and all he represents, today's society is free to move "forward".

  • Jim

    Amazing. No mention of the one thing all these mass shootings have in common. Drugs.

  • Tom Tillison

    Jim, while I do believe there may be a connection between psychotropic drugs and the rash of shootings, at least it's an angle that needs to be explored, the article was focused more on the agenda of the Far Left than on gun violence.

  • Dave

    "Quoting statistics showing that white men commit 70 percent of mass murders…"

    So if we concede that probably 100% of mass murders are committed by men (or at least 99%), then we can look at the numbers with greater context. To answer the question "do white men (or really whites) commit a disproportionately high number of these murders?” That is a question that we can look to demographics and answer.

    According to the 2010 census, 72.4 percent of the population is white (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011, p. 4). I wish I had the breakdown by age groups and gender, but even if we just assume the subgroups are proportionate to the population, we can assume that males in the prime age range(early teens and up) for mass murders make up about 72.4 percent of the population of all males. (In all likelihood that number is higher as non-white births are about equal with white births, meaning that a greater percentage of younger people are non-white, ergo a larger percentage of older people are white to average those numbers out. But since I don’t have the exact numbers we will assume a uniform distribution and say that 72.4 percent of males are white.

    So bad to the article, if 72.4 percent of males are white and only 70 percent of mass murders are white, whites are actually slightly underrepresented in population of mass murders. From a statistical standpoint we can call this within the margin, but it does make me wonder what if any anomalies exist in the 30 percent of non-white mass murderers. Is there a group disproportionately represented?

    Works Cited

    U.S. Census Bureau. (2011, March). Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2012, from http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br

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