America has “silently accepted the rage of white men” claims a column published by CNN on Wednesday.
Naaz Modan, an editor of Muslim Girl magazine, claims that the recent mass shootings have been met with a “fatal passivity” because they have not been committed by ethnic minorities.
Mass shootings are a violent epidemic that have been met with fatal passivity for far too long. If mass shootings were perpetrated mostly by brown bodies, this would quickly be reframed and reformed as an immigration issue. If thousands died at the hands of black men, it would be used to excuse police brutality, minimize the Black Lives Matter movement and exacerbate the “raging black man” stereotype. If mass shooters identified as Muslim, it would quickly become terrorism and catalyze defense and security expenditures.
She then claims mass shootings are a “white man’s problem” which has been made worse due to an “over-affinity for guns among white men”:
Since 1982, mass shootings in the United States have been committed by white men who are often labeled “lone wolves” or “psychologically impaired.” As a result, the government that would otherwise be mobilizing its institutions to bring about reform remains a stalwart of the Second Amendment and mass shootings’ greatest ally. An over-affinity for guns among white men, dangerous against any other backdrop, gets defended as patriotism by many conservatives or even as white pride by those on the alt-right.
“Make no mistake: this is war culture that has dressed up as Uncle Sam and embedded itself into the American psyche,” Modan concludes in the piece.
However, Modan’s claims do not stand up to empirical review of the data. White Americans make up 79% of the population according to the US Census but commit only 55% of mass shootings – they are, in other words, 31% less likely to commit a mass shooting than other ethnicities.
Even though CNN maintains that the “views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author,” those views seem to be following a common trend shown by leftist commentators.
“Paddock, like the majority of mass shooters in this country, was a white American,” claims Shaun King, a white American, in a column for The Intercept. “And that simple fact changes absolutely everything about the way this horrible moment gets discussed in the media and the national discourse: Whiteness, somehow, protects men from being labeled terrorists.”
The privilege here is that the ultimate conclusion about shootings committed by people from commonly nonwhite groups often leads to determinations about the corrosive or destructive nature of the group itself. When an individual claiming to be Muslim commits a horrible act, many on the right will tell us Islam is the problem. For centuries, when an act of violence has been committed by an African-American, racist tropes follow — and eventually, the criminalization and dehumanization of an entire ethnic group.
“White men who resort to mass violence are consistently characterized primarily as isolated “lone wolves” — in no way connected to one another — while the most problematic aspects of being white in America are given a pass that nobody else receives,” he adds.
Another example of this ludicrous narrative comes from George Ciccariello, the professor who tweeted “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide,” last year.
“White people and men are told that they are entitled to everything,” Ciccariello tweeted.“This is what happens when they don’t get what they want.”
The massacre that took place on Sunday evening resulted in the deaths of 59 people and injured over 500 more. Since then, a large number of left-wing politicians, commentators, and celebrities have used the shooting as a reason to attack the Second Amendment.
Featured Image Via Twitter/Naaz Modan