Don’t tell me that a person who murdered 18 children “looked harmless”. Don’t tell me that I should “consider his death too”. Because lets be real, if he had been my skin color or darker, he wouldn’t receive much sympathy.
“In the last 30 years, there have been 61 shootings across the country in which at least four people have been killed. Eleven of those incidents, according to Mother Jones, took place at schools.
Click here for an interactive map with the location of the shootings, as well as more information about each of the incidents.”
“White man’s crime is quickly blamed on mental instability. The rest have to take blame, and face the sentence, even for our mental instability.”
Don’t tell me this is not a race issue.
Today America saw it’s children slaughtered In Their Classrooms. By Who ? Another White Gunman. In this case however it was outright Child Murder. This ladies and gentlemen was and is Terrorism, and the murderer is a Terrorist. Yes a White Terrorist In America.
We as the rest of the world sat and watched the cyberchat blow up. Then we decided to see what was really happening in the blogging world on this issue. Tumblr is the top spot to go to for news first. That’s why we spent a few moments on our tumblrs today collecting a few clippings for you. Be sure you click the link if you want to visit the original. All Tumblr Appreciate your Linkage and Your Visit - so click to visit if you’d like to.
After years and years of training the youth of America for civil war, the toy makers are now able to see the fruits of their labor. Little boys who are no longer playing with toys; but Grown Men Killing Others With Real Guns. This is twice in one week that a young white male terrorist has taken up arms against others. The surprise to us is that this hasn’t happened sooner.
Many in the psycho-babble community have said that the holidays bring on an extra dash of emotions for those already struggling; and many just snap. The man who snapped today had been diagnosed with emotional and behavioural problems from an early age. His mother who he also murdered, was a teacher and no doubt did all she could to help him make the best of his life. This may be why he killed her first and then went and killed her students.
We Wonder If He may have said inside his twisted logic that he had to save the kids in her class from becoming him..
That’s a very sad requiem for a 5-year-old. But in America, guns kill people when they are in the hands of unstable people who kill people. This is why we think that the earliest stop point for this institution of war toys needs to end now. Too many youngsters grow up playing with a weapon. Then when they snap everyone wants to blame everyone else, yet the toy makers stand in the corner quietly counting their bloody cash.
The guns used today were legally obtained by the mother who was murdered today; by her son. Yes he took her gun and killed her with it. The sadder part is that he then had the crazy idea to go to the school and kill people there BEFORE Killing Himself. We don’t understand why he didn’t just pull the trigger on himself after he had found the gun, and let his mother live and the children not become victims of his sad depravity. Yes I said it and I’m not sad about saying it. He had no right to kill the others; but if he wanted to check out – So Be It.
by Hugo Schwyzer
Are white men particularly prone to carrying out the all-too-familiar mass killings of which last week’s Aurora shooting is just the latest iteration? Is there 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? In a word, yes.
Not every mass murder in recent years has been committed by a middle-class white guy. But as Jamie Utt pointed out in the hours after the Colorado theater massacre, in those rare instances where a man of color is responsible for a shooting spree (as in the 2007 Virginia Tech killings or the 2009 Fort Hood rampage), the popular reaction is to search for connections between the race or religion of the murderer and his act.
After Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people in Blacksburg, media attention focused on the likelihood that a Korean culture unwilling to acknowledge mental illness helped drive the young man to commit the worst mass murder in U.S. history. After Maj. Nidal Hasan carried out the Fort Hood shootings, his Muslim faith became all the public needed to know about his motive.
It seems likely that Islamic extremism did lead Hasan to kill; it’s possible that Cho’s cultural background did mean that his psychological problems were particularly likely to be ignored. Ethnicity, faith, and social class are key parts of the modern human identity; they are always part of the explanation for why we think the way we think and act the way we act. The difference, as Chauncey DeVega made clear on Saturday, is that when white men commit mass murder we don’t hear how their skin color, their maleness, or their social class were contributing factors to their acts. As Peggy McIntosh famously wrote in her White Privilege Checklist, we see whites as individuals whose moral state reflects their individual will. In other words, white men kill simply because they are “sick” or “evil.” When men of color murder, it is because they are both those things and because of factors uniquely attributable to their race.
Perhaps the greatest asset that unearned privilege conveys is the sense that public spaces “belong” to you. If you are — like James Holmes last week, or Charles Whitman, who killed 16 people on the University of Texas, Austin campus in 1966 — an American-born, college-educated white man from a prosperous family, you don’t have a sense that any place worth being is off-limits to the likes of you.
White men from upper middle-class backgrounds expect to be both welcomed and heard wherever they go. When that sense of entitlement gets frustrated, as it can for a host of complex psychological reasons, it is those same hyper-privileged men who are the most likely to react with violent, rage-filled indignation.
For white male murderers from “nice” families, the fact that they chose public spaces like schools, university campuses, or movie theaters as their targets suggests that they saw these places as legitimately theirs.
The vast majority of white men from comfortable backgrounds don’t commit mass murder, of course. Our entitlement doesn’t manifest in the sense that public spaces are ours to terrorize, but it does show up in the confidence with which we move in those spaces. The certainty of belonging is at the core of our privilege.
When I went off to college at Berkeley, I felt as if I were following in the footsteps of my ancestors. I literally was; my maternal great-grandfathers had both graduated from Cal in the 19th century. I rushed the same fraternity to which my grandfather had belonged in the 1920s. Though I struggled with adolescent anxieties, I never doubted that I belonged on that campus.
It was at Berkeley, however, that I learned about white male privilege for the first time. I saw how my sense of belonging served as an invaluable crutch in times of personal crisis. And by witnessing the experiences of roommates and friends from less advantaged backgrounds, I learned that the confidence I took for granted was given only to a few. My friends who were first-generation students did just as well in the classroom, but were often more tentative about navigating their way around institutional obstacles. My roommate Oscar — the son of farm workers from the Central Valley — once, with great effort and embarrassment, asked me to go with him to see an administrator. “I need your white boy mojo,” he said with a pained grin, caught between jest and anger.
That “white boy mojo” can still open all sorts of doors: to boardrooms, to judge’s chambers, to country club memberships. It’s not that those institutions are still overtly racist (though a few come close). It’s not that white men are guaranteed preferential treatment in every setting. It’s that white men are raised to expect to be welcomed wherever they go. When they find that that automatic welcome isn’t forthcoming, they tend to be indignant. When angry middle-class whites gather together in political groups to “take back our country,” what they want to grab back are the privileges they sense they’ve lost.
We don’t yet know what drove James Holmes to do the terrible things he did. We only partly understand what drove the likes of Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Charles Whitman, and the many other white men who have committed similar massacres.
While each killer had a unique pathology that helped drive him to do the unthinkable, the fact that these white male mass murderers felt so confident choosing public spaces to commit their crimes reflects a powerful truth about the culture in which they were raised. Put simply, they did what they did because of an individual sickness — but they did it where they did it in part because of white privilege.
It’s not that white men are more violent. Rates of domestic violence, including homicide, are roughly the same across all ethnic groups. Statistically, murderers are more likely to kill family members and intimate partners than strangers. But while men from all backgrounds kill their spouses, affluent white men are disproportionately represented in the ranks of our most infamous mass murderers. In other words, the less privileged you are, the less likely you are to take your violence outside of your family and your community.
White men from prosperous families grow up with the expectation that our voices will be heard. We expect politicians and professors to listen to us and respond to our concerns. We expect public solutions to our problems. And when we’re hurting, the discrepancy between what we’ve been led to believe is our birthright and what we feel we’re receiving in terms of attention can be bewildering and infuriating. Every killer makes his pain another’s problem. But only those who’ve marinated in privilege can conclude that their private pain is the entire world’s problem with which to deal. This is why, while men of all races and classes murder their intimate partners, it is privileged young white dudes who are by far the likeliest to shoot up schools and movie theaters.
Lax gun laws provided the means for the Colorado theater massacre. A yet-unexplained psychotic break provided the likely motive. And at least in part, white male privilege determined both the location and the scale.
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America has long avoided the conversation on Guns, Race and Madness
We think fearing that the statistics would render all race based laws such as Stand Your Ground useless. It’s time for America to accept its part in the programming of its killer youth. If you buy your child a war toy they will become a warrior. We’ve seen Young White Somewhat Affluent Males kill people all year-long. This time it’s clear that this is a phenomena that needs to be legislated By The Older White Men.
We think that the real issue is allowing toy makers the free range to make weapons for children. What self-respecting mother would buy her daughter a gun ? yet some still buy their sons play guns and other weapons such as air pistols, and even small hunting arms ?
Why America do you need to teach your child to hunt another child ?
That’s the question every person who buys a war toy for a child should be required to answer. there is no more room for ignoring this lifetime of aggressiveness training. Cartoons and all manner of video games are based on bloodshed. This has desensitized the youth of today who are the main consumers of this blood trash.
China makes and ships in more than 80% of the toys which are purchased in the USA. That means that if they are imported into the country; there can be a simple requirement set that no more toy guns, or weapons can be imported.
Make them just like elephant Ivory. Put such emphasis on retraining children that the thirst for blood sport will disappear. Challenge their minds to brilliance; instead of turning them into gladiators. The man who shot the children today was once a child himself. That means he knew what those children felt when he shot them. We All Know..
That’s why we are asking for real discussion and diffusion on this issue now, while the Iron is Hot so to say. There has to be some clarity on why this behaviour has manifested so rapidly in one generation. The reality of who is responsible for this generation of murderous drones falls on each and everyone who participated in this cycle. Some parents bought toys and didn’t think about the secondary programming aspects, so those parents are the unfortunates who helped to breed this problem. It needs to stop immediately; along with the glorification of violence.
The American thirst for blood flows from cartoons to R rated dramas on TV. Children watch more TV now than at any other time in history. This is why we believe this is a problem that was created in a Psycho-Socio lab. We all know that society is engineered; which is why America is now 25th in the world in educational standards; But First in School Shootings.
If America spent more per child on Education before the age of 10; the jails would be basically empty. The emphasis needs to be on clarity. Unless a gun is available a sick mind can’t use it. But even a sick mind wouldn’t know how to use it if they didn’t play with one when they were children. That’s the key. Children are taught and they demonstrate afterwards. Sometimes as in this case, decades later.
1. White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.”
2. White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.
3. Doing a study on the danger of white terrorists at the Department of Homeland Security will get you sidelined by angry white Congressmen. Doing studies on other kinds of terrorists is a guaranteed promotion.
4. The family of a white terrorist is interviewed, weeping as they wonder where he went wrong. The families of other terrorists are almost never interviewed.
5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.
6. White terrorists are random events, like tornadoes. Other terrorists are long-running conspiracies.
7. White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations.
8. Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people. But other terrorists are considered paragons of their societies.
9. White terrorists are alcoholics, addicts or mentally ill. Other terrorists are apparently clean-living and perfectly sane.
10. There is nothing you can do about white terrorists. Gun control won’t stop them. No policy you could make, no government program, could possibly have an impact on them. But hundreds of billions of dollars must be spent on police and on the Department of Defense, and on TSA, which must virtually strip search 60 million people a year, to deal with other terrorists.i’m so tired of all this white mass murders being considered mentally ill or insane…. a man who drives HIMSELF to a movie theatre with the intention of shooting and possibly killing 50 people is not insane, a man that drives HIMSELF to a school to kill his mother and 20 kids is not insane… just becuase the crime is irregular doesnt make the person is insane becuase if these murders were black they would throw their asses in jail without hesitation …. they would call him a ghetto hood rat with no education that came from a horrible childhood and past … but becuase he’s white he’s “mentally ill , or insane and not aware of their consequences or actions”
i wish that guy didnt commit suicide i wanted him to suffer life in jail… the fact that he left this earth knowing that he murdered 20 kids …
He carried a black briefcase to his 10th-grade honors English class, and sat near the door so he could readily slip in and out. When called upon, he was intelligent, but nervous and fidgety, spitting his words out, as if having to speak up were painful.
Pale, tall and scrawny, Adam Lanza walked through high school in Newtown, Conn., with his hands glued to his sides, the pens in the pocket of his short-sleeve, button-down shirts among the few things that his classmates recalled about him.
He did all he could to avoid attention, it seemed.
The authorities said Mr. Lanza, 20, wearing combat gear, carried out one of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation’s history. He killed 20 children and six adults at the elementary school where his mother worked, they said. He then apparently turned his gun on himself. The police said he also earlier killed his mother.
In his brief adulthood, Mr. Lanza had left few footprints, electronic or otherwise. He apparently had no Facebook page, unlike his older brother, Ryan, a Hoboken, N.J., resident who for several hours on Friday was misidentified in news reports as the perpetrator of the massacre.
Adam Lanza did not even appear in his high school yearbook, that of the class of 2010. His spot on the page said, “Camera shy.” Others who graduated that year said they did not believe he had finished school.
Matt Baier, now a junior at the University of Connecticut, and other high school classmates recalled how deeply uncomfortable Mr. Lanza was in social situations.
Several said in separate interviews that it was their understanding that he had a developmental disorder. They said they had been told that the disorder was Asperger syndrome, which is considered to be a high functioning form of autism.
“It’s not like people picked on him for it,” Mr. Baier said. “From what I saw, people just let him be and that was that.”
Law enforcement officials said Friday that they were closely examining whether Mr. Lanza had such a disorder.
One former classmate who said he was familiar with the disorder described Mr. Lanza as having “very flat affect,” adding, “If you looked at him, you couldn’t see any emotions going through his head.”
Others said Mr. Lanza’s evident discomfort prompted giggles from those who did not understand him.
“You could tell that he felt so uncomfortable about being put on the spot,” said Olivia DeVivo, also now at the University of Connecticut. “I think that maybe he wasn’t given the right kind of attention or help. I think he went so unnoticed that people didn’t even stop to realize that maybe there’s actually something else going on here — that maybe he needs to be talking or getting some kind of mental help. In high school, no one really takes the time to look and think, ‘Why is he acting this way?’ ”
Ms. DeVivo remembered Mr. Lanza from sixth grade and earlier, talking about aliens and “blowing things up,” but chalked this up to the typical talk of prepubescent boys.
Still, after hearing of the news on Friday, Ms. DeVivo reconnected with friends from Newtown, and the consensus was stark. “They weren’t surprised,” she said. “They said he always seemed like he was someone who was capable of that because he just didn’t really connect with our high school, and didn’t really connect with our town.”
She added: “I never saw him with anyone. I can’t even think of one person that was associated with him.”
Mr. Baier, who sat next to Mr. Lanza in the back of their sophomore-year honors math class, said Mr. Lanza barely said a word all year, but earned high marks. He said he knew this only from peeking at Mr. Lanza’s scores when their teacher handed back their tests.
Out of view of his classmates, Mr. Lanza’s adolescence seemed to have been turbulent. In 2006, his older brother graduated high school and went to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, leaving him alone with their parents — whose marriage was apparently coming apart.
In 2008, they divorced, after 17 years, court records show. His father, Peter Lanza, a tax executive for General Electric, moved to Stamford, and married in January 2011 a woman who is a librarian at the University of Connecticut.
His mother kept their home in Newtown, in a prosperous, hilly enclave of spacious, newer homes about five miles from the elementary school where she taught kindergarten. Adam Lanza is thought to have been living in the house, too.
Friends remembered Ms. Lanza as very involved in her sons’ lives.
“Their mother was very protective, very hands-on,” said Gina McDade, whose son was a playmate of Ryan Lanza’s and spent much time at his home, which she described as a two-story Colonial with a pool.
“It was a beautiful home,” Ms. McDade said. “She was a good housekeeper, better than me. You could tell her kids really came first.”
On Friday, police officers and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation swarmed through the Lanzas’ neighborhood, blocking off streets and asking residents to leave their homes.
Throughout the afternoon, Ms. Lanza’s surviving son, Ryan, was named by some news outlets as the killer.
Ryan Lanza’s identification had been found on the body of his under-age brother, leading to the mistaken reports.
Brett Willshe, a neighbor of Ryan Lanza’s in Hoboken, said he communicated with him by instant message at 1:15 p.m.
“He said he thought his mom was dead, and he was heading back up to Connecticut,” Mr. Willshe said. “He said, ‘It was my brother.’ ”nbcnews
(Photo: Andrew Gombert / Pool / EPA)
Residents from around the region streamed Friday into Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., to mourn the 20 children and six adults who were killed when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school.
And Finally We Offer You This - a few thoughts about how to deal with the medias’ refusal to cover and reveal the details – In Full.
Question of the Day: Is the News Media Turning Mass Killers into Anti-Heroes?In the wake of the latest school shooting in Connecticut, this BBC news clip of a forensics psychiatrist urging the news media not to portray the gunman as the “anti-hero” has been making the rounds.
Editor’s Note: Video contains minor language.
The video I just reblogged segues into something sent along to me earlier. After the death of Aurora shooting victim Alex Teves (who notably sacrificed himself to save his girlfriend’s life), his family set up a page called “The Alex Teves Challenge” which pushes the media to play down the suspects in mass shootings. The challenge to media organizations, in full:
The media organization will:
• Refuse to promote the identity of an alleged assailant by withholding their name and likeness from all forms of public communication.
• Acknowledge that the prospect of infamy could serve as a partial motivating factor for disturbed individuals to cause the death of innocent victims.
• Concur that individual names and likenesses are irrelevant to media coverage of such acts, where an emphasis should be placed on specific details of the act, alleged assailant’s background, and possible motivations.
• Raise public awareness of the root cause for such acts, as to increase the likelihood of their future prevention.
• Agree that in cases where an alleged assailant is still at large, their name and likeness should be published to aid in the capture and incarceration of this individual. Once incarcerated, the assailant’s name and likeness will be withheld from future communications.
• Recognize that The Alex Teves Challenge is an initial step in the process of eliminating random acts of mass violence. As such, we agree to promote data and analysis from experts in mental health, public safety, and other relevant professions, where this will support further steps in the elimination of this type of criminal behavior.
In a statement on the site, Teves’ father, Tom, makes this point: “If we all don’t stand together to save our children and our friends then we are, by doing nothing, culpable to a certain extent.” Is there room for media organizations to take such a situation seriously? And how does that play into the current situation?
Personal take: I like the heart behind this idea (especially considering the video Anthony posted is so accurate), but I will be the first to admit that there are many challenges to enacting it — one, that media organizations who run this kind of info have a natural encouragement to do so, and two, that social media makes it easier than ever for this sort of info to spread. But is there something to be said for points like this? — Ernie @ SFB
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America needs to take a deep breath and let the real conversation begin on all the hot button issues surrounding this violence and race issue. Because until it’s put on the table and clearly vetted by both sides – no one will be able to do anything about changing it. Violence is never the answer and today was a dramatic demonstration of that. Those who lost their lives in this incident can only be remembered as victims of a crazy America. Nothing more nothing less.
The real challenge is to get America talking about stopping this before it gets worse. White men cannot just keep killing people and not be labeled what they are – Terrorists; because everyone knows the truth.
We think that one reason this hasn’t happened is because it would nullify and no longer allow statutes that allow White men to be seen and sentenced differently under the law. They still don’t want everyone to stand their ground on this issue and demand an equal chance at life. Those 27 people who are dead from the one crazy white terrorist; are no more or less warriors, than the people who die in combat zones around the world everyday. They are casualties of Americas War On Itself. It’s time this was discussed because everyone knows the truth.
America Are You Really Ready To Call A Terrorist A Terrorist ?