Would we even talk about it if there were?
AlterNet posted an article in their Visions section on Friday by Chauncey DeVega titled Is a Crisis in White Masculinity Leading to Horrific Gun Crimes Like the Sandy Hook Shootings? And that is a very good question. Mr. DeVega asserts however, that this is the very question no one is going to ask. He says,
Per our national script, there are several questions which will go unanswered…just as they always do. As I wrote about in regards to James Holmes , the Batman movie killer, there will be no soul searching about why white men are committing these violent acts. In the present, mass shootings have been almost the exclusive province of white men .
In all, there will not be a national conversation–one of our country’s most overused phrases, what is empty language signaling nothing–exploring if there is a crisis in white masculinity, which in turn is driving these types of horrific crimes.
One would think someone in the mass media (or who studies gun violence and public health) would find that a mighty curious fact and want to delve deeper into the relationship(s) between whiteness, masculinity, and gun violence.
Do you think there is a “crisis in white masculinity”, and if so what do you think is the driving force behind it?
Do you think the solution is stricter gun control?
How would you go about starting a national conversation on this issue?
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