Why Most Mass Murders Are Privilege White Males: Response

The article by Hugo Schwyzer, a professor at Pasadena City College, argues that the privileged white male is led to mass murder in public places due to them feeling unrecognized in a place where they should be. I see how Schwyzer lands on this idea and the reasons make sense as to why the privileged white male would feel that they have been wronged. I see this because they would be so used to a certain way of living and that changed takes them by shock and in the end for some their reaction leads to mass murder.

One idea that he mentions is the “white boy mojo”. I feel like this idea is one that I can greatly relate with because I was a Kenyan at an American high school in Kenya. I felt like I had a greater connection with the locals around the school than my American friends merely due to the fact that I was a Kenyan. However, now being at the University of Richmond I have lost that connection that I once had with the locals. The different approach that I take is that I understand that I am no longer at home and I can act the same way everywhere and expect this privilege that I had to follow me around. I think for the privileged white male they expect the same kind of privileged treatment everywhere that they go.

This same idea though makes me think about why it is the white male expects to be welcomed everywhere they go. The one thing that I get from this is that it comes from the way that they live their lives and how they have been received from past experiences. I can only speak really from two perspectives that the white male encounters that I know of. The first would be in their home country as here they are a “native” and would have that special connection I talked about earlier. Then there is the second perspective which would be them in a foreign country. The one county I can talk about is Kenya. Once again in Kenya if a white male would be seen they are placed in a higher level. One aspect is seen when young children get really excited when they see a white person and they begin to happily chant “mzungu, mzungu, mzungu”, which is white person in Swahili. To them they are absolutely thrilled to be seeing a white person.

Stuart Hall shows part of this white male privilege in his article “The Whites of Their Eyes: Racist Ideologies and the Media”. In the article Hall gives an example of inferential racism on the matter of race relations. The media in this example infers that the blacks are the problem and that the whites are innocent in the matter. Another example for this same article is the slave figure. This example once again doesn’t show the whites as bad people. If we look further into the media we can also see that in a large number of movies the main hero is white male. I think these ideas would also play into the white male privilege as they see themselves as causing no harm to society and expect people to listen to them.



One thought on “Why Most Mass Murders Are Privilege White Males: Response

  1. I find it interesting how you compare your life back in Kenya to the “white boy mojo” that Schwyzer mentions in his article. However, I am not entirely sure of what you are getting at. When you explain that you felt more comfortable in the town surrounding your school with the locals rather than with the americans at school are you trying to describe a different sort of “white boy mojo” that you may have felt in town that your american friends did not? I think that is a very interesting and good comparison. Like you, I find some truth in what Schwyzer is saying, although I don’t agree that white men are entitled at all, I can see where his argument is coming from.

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