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Are Most Mass Murderers Privileged White Men?

December 29, 2012

Why Are Most Mass Murderers Privileged White Men?

CNN panelist David Sirota and writer at told Don Lemon Saturday that we need to “explore” the question of why so many recent mass killings were committed by white men. “I’m not saying we should racially profile white guys,” he said, but suggested that had the shooters been “Arabs” or “African-American men”, we’d be having a “very different conversation” in this country.”*

It’s a conversation many people have asked: what if the gunman in the Newtown gun massacre had been black? or Arab? Why are there no generalized labels like “thug” or “terrorist” applied when a white male commits such a heinous killing?” CNN posed the question, in light of most recent mass shooters falling into the demographic. Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (Host, Turner Classic Movies), and John Iadarola (Host, TYT University) continue the conversation.

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  1. December 30, 2012 7:33 AM

    You make a valid point there. Some of it is how we try to explain these things. But one thing is true: regardless of how we explain it away, it keeps happening.

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