Read this: Why Do We Humanize White Guys Who Kill People? by Rebecca Traister.
To be sure, white men may be charged, tried and convicted; they may be regarded as brutish criminals. But they can be simultaneously understood as human beings, driven by conflicting emotions, able — even in their criminality — to have experienced loss and confusion and anger and love, emotions we do not imaginatively afford America’s poor and black, the men and women who often find their way into our news cycles simply by having the audacity to live in a world that was not built for and around them.
And it goes on and on and on, perfectly organizing all of the realities and facts that you and I already intrinsically know — truths that we confront so frequently and with such monotony that they become like wallpaper — about the tiny and gargantuan ways in which we center the white male experience, and all the tiny and gargantuan ways in which it’s killing us.
This epidemic of white men picking off the rest of the country with a gentle squeeze of a trigger is absolutely about guns and access to guns, but it’s also about so much fucking more than that.
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