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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