The White Victim Industrial Complex and Victimizing White Shooters

The following is based on the article “The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity: Innocence in the Age of White Male Shootings” by David J. Leonard. 

The mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and the numerous school shootings in high schools and universities were mostly caused by white men. In almost every incident the people who were traumatized were shocked that it happened in their neck of the woods. Statements like “How could this happen” and “This is a peaceful neighborhood, it wasn’t supposed to happen” are made mostly by white citizens when being interviewed. The news media conducts their own investigation as to how a white male from the suburbs who people – without fail- claim him to be introverted, intelligent and a nice guy all around could have killed several people and damaged so many lives.

Whiteness, which for centuries brazenly asserted their supremacy the world over, has redefined itself as a perpetual victim. Not only are the victims and the witnesses are victimized, but also the shooters responsible. Whiteness turns the shooters into innocent victims of certain forces and influences that have apparently corrupted an innocent white male youth into a cold-blooded killer. Thus, calling into question about white male violence is silenced before one word is mentioned.

Violence in white communities, particularly middle and upper class, is always seen as impossible to fathom. When such incidences as a mass murder – or any other kind of violent crime – happen, it shocks the neighbors and residences which is normal and to be expected. However, the incident itself is almost never pondered as an inevitability. Instead, the people – usually white – expect such violence to occur in black and brown neighborhoods, poor inner city communities and racially integrated schools.

Whenever a white male from a privileged background commits a violent crime, there is almost an instant quest for the media to search for explanations. They look for the young man’s personal and medical history. They look for any symptom of mental illness. They even look for any media product – movies and(or) video games – where violence is within the story. They will ask those who knew the young man and the answers almost always include words like “quiet” and “nice”.

Any questions about this complex is met by rebuttals, usually by whites, who accuse such people as injecting collective guilt into the ass of the white race. It is seen as a leftist ploy to make whites feel bad and is refuted immediately. Whiteness is once again seen as the victim.

Whiteness gives white men the privilege of being seen as innocent victims even if they commit the most violent of crimes. They are seen as Beaver Cleavers and Opie Taylors even after the fact. The problem is always the fault of anything and anyone else, but them. White people are always the default victim, never the perpetrator.

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9 thoughts on “The White Victim Industrial Complex and Victimizing White Shooters

  1. Very well written, like usual!

    Have you seen the response to the gun control now? The rhetoric seems to be a mix of this and dangerous scapegoating.

  2. This is a great topic Brotha Wolf!

    First, I’d like to say that I’m not a behavioral studying Psychologist nor am I a prescription writing Psychiatrist. However, I believe that white masculinity being invisible is an overwhelmingly inaccurate description. Yes, white people in general and the media follow up with benign, non-threatening or soothing comments after a massacre has been committed by a white male. The collective responses from whites are usually therapeutic but this shouldn’t be equated with the invisibility of white masculinity because I believe whites are innately aware of their imperiled dispositions from a social and political angle. Therefore, I do not believe that white masculinity is invisible. They are well aware of their destructive potency. Perhaps it is intentionally mislabeled and concealed for a specific purpose. That purpose I believe, is to continually uphold a flawless character of whites or to sustain the white superstructure firmly in place from a general standpoint. In the alternative, for a white individual or the media to state otherwise is to self-indict themselves as a group and perhaps the realization will quickly emerge that whites aren’t superior after all, mostly due to their tortured pathological history of devilry deeds. In other words and hypothetically speaking, it’ll be the same for whites to look in the mirror as a group. Obviously, they will get a two-dimensional reflection of themselves. A reflection of the truth, just as it is without the middle man (the media) being utilized as a buffer to explain what happened after a massacre. In sum, whites do not want to look in the mirror for fear of finally recognizing the naked truth about themselves as a malevolent group amongst peaceful peoples. We need to look no further than what happened to blacks during slavery and Native Americans for evidence here.

    Here, I will give another example of how the media and whites in general always stand in conscious defense of white masculine invisibility through jaundiced lens and skewed statements. When nincompoop Adam Lanza barged into an elementary school in Connecticut just over a month ago he was heavily armed with specific intentions. But yet, after the dust settled, instead of calling him a cold-blooded, psychopathic killer, we heard descriptive terms like: “he had a brain disorder”, Lanza had apersonality disorder or he had “Asperger syndrome.” Moreover, just one week ago, doctors stated that Adam Lanza had no brain deformities. Therefore, if Adam Lanza had no deformity, what was the problem??

    1. I don’t think white masculinity is invisible either. I think it is in full display, but by the use of a circus mirror. Their image has been cleverly distorted through time thanks – in large part – to their power structure. But there is a severe side-effect. When crimes like this occur, their sheltered lives are dramatically disturbed. They wake up to see that what typically happens in certain parts of the world has happened in their own environment. They go into shock and distress not just over the incident, but that the incident happened in their community and by one of their own.

  3. This is the most over thought drivel I’ve ever read! Talk about grasping for excuses.
    Explain this, below, or rather how many irrelevant excuses can you construct for the numerous examples on the link below. Keep in mind, this barely scrapes the top of the true number of victims!

    http://theinjusticefile.blogspot.com/2012/04/imagery-innocent-white-people.html

    BTW. Adam Lanza was called worse than cold-blooded, psychopathic killer. You obviously weren’t listening, or only heard what you wanted to hear.

    1. First off, save the black-on-white crime babble for your so-called race realist/conservative/Stormfront audiences. Which ever delights you.

      Second, making excuses for what? What is problem exactly? Why not specify it so that I know where to start ridiculing you. That is, if you decide to come back.

      Third, All I heard from the media is that Lanza was a quiet man who had no problems. People were shocked as hell to find out that he was behind the massacre.

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