Should We Be Profiling White Guys?
Not necessarily, but we need to discuss why conservatives won't: David Sirota
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2012 2:22 PM CST
This undated photo shows Adam Lanza posing for a group photo of the technology club that appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – David Sirota went on MSNBC yesterday and pointed out that no one really wants to profile American mass murderers, because most of them are white men—the only group that "our political system avoids demographically profiling or analytically aggregating in any real way," because white males hold a privileged position in our society. His comments enraged the conservative media; he was accused of "injecting divisive racial politics" into the discussion about the tragedy in Newtown. But that furor just proves how desperate the conservative movement is "to preserve its White Victimization Mythology," writes Sirota on Salon.

"In this mythology, the white man as a single demographic subgroup can never be seen as a perpetrator and must always be portrayed as the unfairly persecuted scapegoat," Sirota writes. "In this mythology, to mention truths about societal double standards—truths that are inconvenient or embarrassing to white people—is to be targeted for attack by the right-wing media machine." But Sirota isn't saying we should start profiling white men, though he says the conservative media would have you believe that's what he wants. He just wants it acknowledged that the only reason we're able to have "tempered and nuanced conversations" about what could have contributed to the shooting—as opposed to blaming one demographic group wholesale—is because the shooter was a white man. Click for Sirota's full column.

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rawyoo al
Sep 16, 2014 1:06 PM CDT
Should We Be Profiling black Guys? that real racist
Roger Hanson
May 4, 2014 1:10 AM CDT
Total Hog Wash . To say that white men are seen as poor victimized people is nonsense . Everyone wants to look at the single white male living in a nice home and doing well . Then the profiling of Single black mothers are always the top of subjects . What about the single white male below on just above the poverty line . He isn't able to get assistance from any government agencies , with concerns to lawyers in cases of custody .. In the state of Illinois , Land Of Lincoln will give you a questionnaire just as soon as you call them and if you don't fit in the category of people they are able to help , you don't get help . Single white males who were never a part of the household are not given assistance . But any woman of any color can receive assistance and any man other than a white man who has never been a member of the household can get assistance . Any white male that has been a member of the household can get assistance too . Hmm wonder what that is saying ? This is done all the time but nobody dares to say it because it's our government's dirty little secret that they turn a blind eye on because the majority of the people support it . Yet its racist , sexist and completely unconstitutional .
Murahu
Dec 29, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Violent crime in the US is overwhelmingly committed by Blacks. They attack other Blacks, but also whites and Asians. Interracial crime is almost always Blacks attacking others. Naturally, the liberal media try to obscure that basic truth by publicizing the rare occasions when whites or Hispanics kill Blacks (as when the Hispanic Zimmerman shot in self defense the teen expelled from school T. Martin). Liberals refuse to punish the abusive, aggressive, and violent Blacks, thereby encouraging them. The Obama Administration has actually sued a school district for expelling Blacks out of proportion to the rest of the student body. The Obama crowd never thinks to ask which group is more violent and deserving of expulsion. Ignore the media when it comes to race and crime. The liberal media lie, cover up, and promote the rare occasions of white on Black crime, even the hoaxes, like Tawana Brawley and the Duke lacrosse players. Do not believe the liberal media, and perhaps we can try to reduce real crime.