Naming White Male Terrorism

The Irresponsible Self, OR Is It Really That Much Of An Anomaly?

Whenever tragedy strikes like the two recent gun shootings in Wisconsin and Colorado, I take the time to turn off the television, get off of Twitter, and just avoid the frenzy for the next few hours to even couple of days. These acts of premeditated murder were all three planned scripted, and executed by white men not likely to be profiled as terrorists.

English: Front view of federal mug shot of Jar...

When we first got word of Jared Lee Loughner, and the shooting in Arizona, everyone on the left and right was pointing their fingers at each other, oh it was the Tea Party, oh it was a Communist, as if these ideologies matter in the when we have senselessly lost human life.  Almost as soon as you could as you could say, Bazinga!, Jared Lee Loughner because he is white, was labelled as crazy, an outsider, an oddball. Young white men like him aren’t supposed to be the faces of terror; they are supposed to love America. He is now pleading guilty guilty to all charges. The story I linked included the fact that JLL is on medication, and once he realized that he had killed six people. The fact is, that NOW JLL is cognizant of the fact of what he did as wrong, in the eyes of the media and public. The question is, JLL planned this all along, so I just have to wonder how a person can plan assassinations and murders one day, and all of a sudden use the “I am crazy cop-out”? What is society’s definition of crazy, being on the fringe?

James Holmes

Next, we have James Holmes, a medical student who had dropped out of school, who murdered 12 people, injured seriously almost 60 others, and somehow his neighbors were saved from triggering the bomb in his apartment. Guess what line the media pushes? Insane. He’s not one of us. Inspite of the warnings sent to police by Holmes’ psychiatrist, police did NOTHING! Do you think the police would have taken her seriously if he was a person of color? If he was black, or Middle-Eastern (middle-east of where?), or hispanic? It’s not a rhetorical question. It’s yes or no, and I would answer in the affirmative. Racial profiling, which used to be about the War on Drugs, got extended to the War on Terror. Brown people are the criminals, therefore, out of some sense of urgency, let’s avoid profiling/suspecting people who are not brown, aka, white males.

Lastly, we have Wade Michael Page who has links to white supremacists, you know, the ones that raise that Confederate flags that’s really about the coming race war. Page is being said to have been guided by hate. There must be something wrong with his state of mind: “FBI investigators will be looking into what it was Page was listening to in the hours before the massacre and whether it shaped his state of mind given he played in two white power bands that performed with lyrics urging racial domination.” Of course, the newstory I linked to had to add, “Page did well enough after joining in 1992 to be assigned to a psychological operations unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.” Just in case you wanted to know, Wade is not insane, he’s not mainstream, he’s has hate in his heart.

The corporate-driven racist media is sooooo concerned about the mental state of these white male terrorists that they do not even take a single moment of silence for the victim, or to reflect on how them “Bowling For Columbine” (looking for tragedy).  We learn that these shooters are no where near anything like us, something went wrong, something malfunctioned.  Well, I have news. We are not as good and altruistic as we think we are, and that racists are just not “fringe” thinkers with “fringe” books with “marginal” followings, but that they find their way into the mainstream. How else do you explain the number of so-called Christians coming to the defense of a “paleo-confederate” like Douglas Wilson?

We are. Jared Lee Loughner. We are James Holmes.  We are Wade Michael Page. We are all responsible when we don’t want to be held responsible. The denial of moral responsibility and culpability IS THE PROBLEM. James Holmes saw himself performing the White Terrorist from the movie The Dark Knight (2008). The Joker chose to believe (lying to himself) that he was responsible for any chaos that happened in Gotham. The Joker, the White Terrorist, according to many people’s interpretations, is crazy, is spontaneous, he “isn’t a schemer” and at the top of the class.  Joker used his image of insane to take human life, cuz he just couldn’t help it, much like the three white male terrorists I have been discussing.

Now, I could sit here and write about Islamphobia (fear of Muslims) and Orientalism (going with the idea that ideas from the “west” and the “east” are irreconcilable, etc.,) but these are problems that the media willingly gets out there in some form or fashion. What we don’t want to talk about is our unwillingness to transgress our fixed definitions of terrorists to include whites. The terrorist has to be always the Other, always the outsider. The Second Amendment is being re-interpreted to reclaim white supremacy and domination, and that’s just something that the National Rifle Association doesn’t want us to talk about as they hand our politicians campaign funds. “Men such as Loughner, Holmes, and Page are not trying to accumulate durable political power.  They are trying to enact fantasies of fearsomeness, to reinscribe dignity on their bodies, to dissolve their sense of their own worthlessness.”- Donovan Schaefer, Profile Me: The Confederate Flag, Shame, and White Male Terror

So, yes, I putting into question the insanity plea, as well as the idea that white supremacy has somehow become an “abnormal” ideology. I think we should settle down like nice pro-life folks, talk about gun control laws, get the NRA’s money out of politics, increase revenue so that we can have more law enforcement, and institute universal profiling.

But hey, what do I know?

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4 thoughts on “Naming White Male Terrorism

  1. Charles

    Beware diagnosis at a distance… but I’m about to do it anyway.

    There is no insanity in any of these cases. A “Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity” plea is very specific and tremendously difficult to pull off. Successful NGRI pleas happen around one quarter of one percent of the time (yet another instance in which the TV lies to us). Insanity requires that the perpetrator be unable to know the nature or quality of his act, and is usually accompanied by an diagnosis of schizophrenia. Just being messed up in the head doesn’t count. For example, up here in Canada we had Vincent Li attack and kill a man on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba. His delusional symptoms were so severe that he didn’t understand what he was doing and couldn’t control himself, and he was found no criminally responsible. Robert Pickton, on the other hand, confessed to killing 49 women in British Colombia. He did it because he wanted to. He knew what he was doing, knew it was illegal, and too steps to avoid detection. Not the slightest chance of an insanity plea.

    I was starting to type up a lengthy description of why each case does not qualify for NGRI, but then I realized that this wasn’t your point. It was about the (most likely unconscious) attempt by the media to emphasize that White terrorists are unrepresentative oddballs. This is something I talk about whenever I lecture on the psychology of evil. Students (and professors) must keep in mind that the psychology of evil is not the psychology of those oddballs over there that do bad stuff, it is the psychology of US. You, me, them, everybody. As you say, we are Jared Lee Loughner. We are James Holmes. We are Wade Michael Page.

    1. RodtRDH Post author

      “the psychology of evil is not the psychology of those oddballs over there that do bad stuff, it is the psychology of US.”

      Yes! Exactly what I was saying!


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