It comes down to "white" being a poorly described ethno-racial term that has become a catch-all for anyone not "black" (most of whom in the US have
European ancestry on their family tree), "Asian" (also poorly defined), middle eastern (technically caucasian, asian or african or some mix in between
depending on the specific nation of origin) or "Hispanic" (Which is in no way whatsoever could be considered ethnic or racial - yet there it is on the
Let's not forget that it was an "Asian-American" who perpetrated the VA Tech shootings, by the way, as we sift through anecdotal evidence on here.
At any rate, since the US is predominantly populated by people who we are going to go ahead and call "White", and considering that "White" areas, such
as Newtown have a novelty of any kind of violence, let alone a massacre; And, also considering that due to socio-economic circumstances, "Black"
people are more likely to have greater restrictions placed upon them in terms of legal access to firearms and profiling in public places will not
create the ease of entry, so to speak, that a James Holmes or Lanza would have.
Also, while the ghetto is a war zone and "Black" Americans are probably developing their own unique psychological problems from it, immigrant
communities that still remain largely in touch with 3rd generation Asian and "Hispanic" Americans create an insular cultural dynamic such that family
values from "the old country" still trump supposed "American" values. Meanwhile, "White" Americans are among the "true" inhabitants of this country,
and as such, display the true tendencies of the culture, which will also include any negative psychosocial consequences.
So, in my opinion, if we are going to (although racially incoherent) group "White" Americans as the pool of potential mass murders, it would only be
correct from a cultural standpoint.
Thus, we have to ask ourselves this question instead: Why is American dominant culture a force that creates tendencies toward mass shootings?
EDIT: Before someone vents pseudo-politically correct anger at my comments about So-called "White" Americans being the "true inhabitants" of this
country, re-read that paragraph for content and see what I mean for real, don't cherry pick to flame or troll or derail the thread. I mean in terms of
historically-based political and economic control. Let's not forget that my family tree (Irish and Italian) would not so easily have been lumped in
with the "white" dominant power structure of the US 100 years ago, though it almost instantly is today. This Lanza kid, for starters is Italian ( at
least on his paternal grandfather's side).
edit on 19-12-2012 by Sphota because: (no reason given)