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Fri Jul 3, 2015, 05:31 PM

 

White men and individualism: Anyone else notice...

...that whenever a white man deviates from societal norms in such a drastic way ( for example, any of the countless white male serial killers, mass murderers, and other criminals and terrorists), the individual white men are blamed, whether as a "crazy person" or a 'sociopath" or "mentally ill" and a "loser."

However, whenever a woman or a black person or a person of color in general does something similar or identical, it is not the individual women or person of color who is blamed, but all women and all people of color. Collective guilt applies to them, but not to white men.

The obsession with medicalizing and pathologizing white male criminality is an example of white male privilege. It can't be the fault of a "cultural pathology" (like it allegedly is for black people, for example) ; the pathology must be individual and personal, the fault of some aberrant, mentally ill white male "loser." White men have the luxury of being treated as individuals, while women and minorities are always held responsible as a group.

-My $0.02.

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YoungDemCA Jul 2015 OP
JustAnotherGen Jul 2015 #1
arcane1 Jul 2015 #2
ismnotwasm Jul 2015 #3
Warpy Jul 2015 #4
brer cat Jul 2015 #5
AuntPatsy Jul 2015 #6

Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2015, 05:37 PM

1. You tell no lies

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2015, 05:40 PM

2. Yes, and EVERY black person, etc, is expected to say "I'm not personally like that" every time

 

In other words, they are expected to prove their innocence despite not committing any crime.

As a white male, not ONCE have I ever had to defend myself against the actions of another white male like that. It's assumed that he is an outlier.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2015, 05:57 PM

3. Why yes indeed

I've noticed this...

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2015, 06:17 PM

4. I think we've all noticed this

The press doesn't even bother to do any research any more, "loner" and "psychiatric history" are printed within minutes of any angry white male slaughtering random people.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2015, 08:37 PM

5. Very true.

And we often drive these loners to do what they do.

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Tue Jul 7, 2015, 09:35 PM

6. So very true and yes I've noticed

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