“Every killer makes his pain another’s problem. But only those who’ve marinated in privilege can conclude that their private pain is the entire world’s problem with which to deal”
The article, “Why Most Mass Murderers are Privileged White Men” by Hugo Schwyzer evinces a few key points that Stuart Hall explains in his passage, “The Whites of Their Eyes”. The main point addressed by Schwyzer in his article is the ideology of racism and more specifically the ideology of overt racism as described by Hall. When a murderer is discovered by the media they first look at the murderer’s ethnicity. If the murderer is any race but Caucasian the media portrays the murderer as having suffered psychological problems due to their race or religious practices on top of them being sick or evil. However if the murderer is Caucasian the media just classifies them as sick or evil and that is why they killed, no other reason. In my experience this classification of murderers is evident in all sorts of media. When a reporter writes an article or does a segment on a TV station about a murderer, if the murderer is white they don’t delve into any racial or cultural problems they might have experienced to turn them into such a monster but when the article or report is on a minority the reporters along with psychologists and the entire audience tries to understand why they did it, what in their culture or racial background caused them to become a homicidal maniac.
Another point that Schwyzer makes in his article is that of the privilege ideology. This exact ideology was not mentioned in Stuart Hall’s piece but it still addresses some of the points he made about ideologies in general. Mainly how these ideologies come to be inherent in ones everyday activities. One of the suggested reasons that most mass murderers who are Caucasian do what they do in a public place is because they are privileged. They see the area where they kill as theirs, whether it is a movie theater or a college campus. The quote above is from the article and means that the murderer feels like their own problem is society’s problem and they need a public solution. While I have not personally experienced the privileged killer’s ideology, I have experienced the privileged ideology itself. I have noticed that many people, no matter what race or religion they are, who feel like the world owes them something. They are overly rude, inconsiderate, and have a massive superiority complex. Not all Caucasians act as privileged as described in the article and many don’t go on killing sprees, and many minorities do act privileged and some do commit crimes because of this ideology.
The main point I got from this article and Stuart Hall’s piece is that ideologies are inherent to our behavior. They are the reasons for our actions even if they are not thought about. They may not always be exactly why we do what we do but they influence the why as well as the where for our actions.
To me the author took an extremely direct route when writing this article. I appreciate how direct the author was. If he hadn’t just come out and made his point about the “White Man’s Privilege” nobody would take the time to notice what is going on. It would escape unnoticed and would continue until someone else decides to bring it up. I think the author’s point in being so direct was to get people to take notice and to start conversations about it. Because the author is white himself, it also supports his argument. If he had been some other ethnicity, the audience would have taken the article as a racist piece and wouldn’t pay attention to it or its points.