What have we heard in the last few days about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton?
It’s Trump’s fault…
It’s the NRA’s fault….
It’s the Republicans’ fault…
There are not enough gun laws…
It’s white supremacy…
Since the two mass shootings that took place over the past weekend, we have seen the blame game in full effect. Everyone is ready to point the finger but never at themselves.
There is no doubt we have problems here in America, but most people, and most of our leaders, don’t want to get real about all the factors contributing to them.
If we are to get to the bottom of our Nation’s ills, it is going to take commitment and a brutal honesty that is hard to come by in this politically correct world. It’s also going to take the willingness to look at oneself, on both sides of the aisle.
Democrats have been great at pointing the finger at President Trump and blaming him for tragedies like these recent mass shootings. Someone should remind them that this “epidemic” happened long before Trump ever took office.
Democrats and even many Republicans have only wanted to scrape the surface of what is causing these horrific events, probably because it not only takes the political will, dedication and time, but because they just might find that they too have played a role in creating the environment that leads to tragedies like the ones we saw this past weekend.
We’ve heard about gun control, mental illness, the media’s role (violent video games, movies, music, etc.), and the issue of family and community. Lack of parental involvement, dysfunction and isolation may also lead young people to violence.
All of these are important pieces of the puzzle, yet there is one missing piece. That issue is the marginalization of young white men in society today.
Very few in this country want to talk about the environment that has been created by the liberal view of “equality” and driven home by the media. Efforts to combat racism and bring about true equality have turned into demonization of another race and reverse discrimination.
We are taught as kids that we don’t bring ourselves up by putting others down. But that is exactly what our society has become. In order to make up for, or to bring about change, liberals are no longer seeking true equality, they are seeking retribution, payback.
This doesn’t just apply though to race, we have seen the same in gender and even sexual orientation. Men can be accused of “toxic masculinity” in the name of female empowerment. You can be proud to be a woman, but the proud man is a sexist. And the only sexual orientation you can’t promote is being straight.
This phenomenon has had a much greater societal effect over the last decade or two, than we even want to admit. It’s not just become a matter of someone calling another sexist or racist, it’s actually helped to shape a generation of young people. And now we are seeing the results.
We have seen in poor black neighborhoods what marginalization has done and still does today to young black males. Those who feel they have few options, little hope, and feel the world is against them, may well turn to violence. We see this in gang activity, drive-by shootings where innocent people get hurt, and other crime related activities. (For example last week there were 74 shootings in Chicago, mostly in African American neighborhoods, with 68 wounded and 6 killed.)
We recognize the cause and effect of this phenomenon, as well as the other factors such as the collapse of family in these communities, that have led to young black men acting out in violent ways. Why can’t we we seem to recognize the same when it comes to a man of a different race?
Today we have a generation of young white males who have seen their identity demonized. Toxic Masculinity, White Privilege, think of all the names and terms the media alone throws at white men for just being a white men.
You can’t be too masculine because that is the source of sexism in society, and it makes you a predator.
You can’t be proud to be white, or proud of your European heritage because that makes you a racist.
You should be given last priority because you have white privilege, and that doesn’t count as discrimination or racism, because you are white.
With that “privilege” you are treated like you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, even if you grew up poor or working class.
You should pay reparations to the black community for slavery that existed more than 150 years ago, even though no one in your family owned slaves or might not even have immigrated to this country yet.
Then when you go out in the world to make a life for yourself, you are the last in line for college acceptance because “diversity” is a priority, and when you apply for a job, your resume is at the bottom of the pile for the same reasons.
If you dare speak up, you are a racist, sexist, and all the other -isms that can be thrown at you. You are somehow guilty for the sins of generations, and should pay because of them, just because you are white and you are male.
It’s not hard to see where a young white man can quickly lose hope in the future that lies ahead of them, when having pride in who they are is even demonized nowadays. These young men don’t know who they are, don’t think they are valued in society and don’t see a future for themselves. When you add in other factors like mental health, trauma, a bad family life, you have created the perfect storm for violence to occur.
Many of these themes are present in the manifesto that the El Paso shooter posted before taking his firearm and walking into Wal-Mart. I’ve read the four page manifesto that the media and leaders have called “racist rantings” but to dismiss it as just that is to our own peril. We must be able to dig deeper into the minds of these shooters, if we are to ever get an understanding of what led them to such horrific acts. By doing this, by recognizing these themes, in no way excuses or justifies the actions this person took, but it may help to stop another one like him.
Not every one of these shooters are white supremacists like the media would have you believe. The Dayton shooter for example was a socialist, Satanist, and Elizabeth Warren supporter. What the two shooters had in common was they were angry, hopeless young men that look for a target to blame for their problems.
It is not hard to see the roots of their anger. Liberals have created this environment of no-hope. They have picked out a group of people to blame for the country’s ills, and that is the white male. To them, white men are the root of all evil, responsible for none of the good in America and all of the bad.
Part of why liberals hate President Trump so much is that he has been frankly identifying many of these issues hurting America today and calling out those responsible. That is why he is Enemy #1. They blame Trump for these mass shootings, but in reality this violence is a product of the climate leftists have created and of the America they would have us become.
Felicia Tweedy is a political activist and professional who has served elected officials and campaigns on both sides of the aisle, and an entertainment industry professional.