Apparently, one of Infowars' contributors does not like my suggestion that a crisis in whiteness and white masculinity is related to mass shootings and the recent violence committed by Elliot Rodger. As I often say, if I am a cog in some great liberal conspiracy that is doing the work of the Global Power Elite where the hell is my check? I must be doing something wrong.
As to be expected, we can find even no shortage of ludicrous political theories on mass murder at Daily Kos, a forum created by a known CIA operative.
Chauncey de Vega (not his real name) wrote over the weekend that “white privilege” is in fact a “white pathology” endangering society. “Like Adam Lanza, this would appear to be a case of aggrieved white male entitlement syndrome, one which has led to a murderous and tragic outcome” de Vega explained after the shooting attributed to Elliot Rodger, the son of a Hollywood director.
After Sandy Hook, the anonymous purveyor of the We Are Respectable Negroes blog expanded his racial distillation on violence, which is essentially a modified Marxian theory on class:
Once more the luxury of being white in the United States is the freedom to have your violent deeds be a reflection of a personal failing, as opposed to a cultural or racial one. On a practical level, White privilege is a set of taken for granted and unearned advantages in life. On an abstract level, white privilege also removes certain questions from consideration regarding such matters as social deviancy and crime. As we saw with James Holmes, and now today with Adam Lanza, an unwillingness to ask those hard questions about gun violence, white masculinity, and crime will only continue to hurt all of us across the colorline.
In order to maintain the current level of demagoguery and push a political agenda predicated on race and gender, the left is compelled to exploit isolated instances of societal violence. Connecting mass shooting incidents to mental illness – obvious in the case of Elliot Rodger and, from the small amount of information at our disposal, Adam Lanza – is unacceptable for the left because it undermines its ideological approach to societal issues.
Chauncey de Vega dismisses the mental illness explanation because it is counterproductive to the theory that most social problems are the result of racism and sexism and the illusory claim skin color affords privilege as it did when W. E. B. Du Bois made his argument in 1935. Minus this outdated or similar predicate, the left is unable to call for further government intervention in social affairs and the creation of preferred classes of people who receive transferred wealth through confiscation at gunpoint.A person can chew bubblegum and walk at the same time. We should be talking about inequality, Austerity, neoliberalism, and the Global Power Elite as the context for a crisis in white masculinity and as integral to a global system of White Supremacy. Not difficult.
What is the most bizarre, wrong, myopic, or just piss poor and under-theorized claim(s) that you have seen about the Elliot Rodger murder spree?