It’s not unusual for the initial hours after a horrific event to be filled with wild speculation. I know my initial reaction, following the horror of what had transpired, was to try and figure out just why someone would do something like this. However, some speculation goes beyond the norm such as the idea proposed by one professor from Drexel University.
George Ciccariello, a professor of politics at Drexel University, claimed on Twitter today that a “narrative of white victimization” led to the deadly massacre that killed almost 60 people and wounded over 500.
“White people and men are told that they are entitled to everything,” Ciccariello tweeted. “This is what happens when they don’t get what they want.”
The professor offered literally no evidence to back up his assertions.
The “narrative of white victimization,” Ciccariello asserted, “is the spinal column of Trumpism, and most [sic] extreme form is the white genocide myth.”
Ciccariello’s racial fixations have been well-documented in the past. Late last year he tweeted: “All I want for Christmas is white genocide.”
Now, let’s be very clear here. Yes, the shooter was white.
However, let’s look at his choice of targets. There’s absolutely no reason to suspect this was anything but a planned assault on this particular music festival. In particular, this country music festival.
Take a look at the video of the event. Take a look at the survivors. They’re almost universally white…kind of like those who listen to country music.
If someone were interested in lashing out because of “white victimization,” why on Earth would they lash out at those they perceive as fellow victims? The idea boggles the mind.
After all, when other groups decide to lash out against those who have wronged them, do they do so by hurting members of their own group? Of course not.
Ciccariello’s assertion is akin to fighting a bully by punching yourself in the face. It makes no sense.
However, following a tragedy like this, there are those who will try and hang anything they can to the narrative in hopes that it will stick, no matter how bizarre. Some are trying to make “white supremacy” stick.
A suspected white supremacist,Stephen Paddock committed the deadliest terror attack in the US, & Sarah Sanders deflected to crime in Chicago
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 2, 2017
Again, if all this is true, why did he target a group widely known to be mostly white?
It’s easy to speculate, but it shouldn’t be when that speculation flies in the face of what facts we do know. The shooter targeted that concert and those concertgoers intentionally, despite the lack of minorities in the crowd. It makes assertions of white supremacy, white victimization complex, or anything of the sort absolutely ludicrous.
However, that won’t stop people. They’ll use this shooting and they’re bizarre theories to push their own narratives, which will invariably lead toward gun control. Why? Because “white folks” can’t be trusted with guns or something.
That doesn’t touch on the countless minorities who have legally armed themselves for personal protection through the years, or that will continue to do so for as long as they can. Oh no, let’s create laws that hurt them because one madman decided to reenact a James Cagney scene or something.