Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Elephant In The Living-Room

Almost every horrible school shooting brings out the nasty underbelly (crawling with worms) of some commentators. John Gibson, for example, decided that the recent Cleveland high school shooter must be a white teenager because he nobly shot himself at the end:

Summary: On his radio show, while discussing an incident in which a student shot four people at his Cleveland high school before killing himself, John Gibson asserted that "I know the shooter was white. I knew it as soon as he shot himself. Hip-hoppers don't do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again."

Of course these school shootings have almost invariably been carried out by white men.

And what is the elephant in the living-room? Figure it out yourself. What aspect of these shooters is never discussed, even though it is the one universally common factor?

Then ask yourself why we have conferences on the little brains of women and how the sexes differ (the answer: we must face the truths sternly, even if they are unpleasant for as little ladies), but such conferences don't get organized on this particular elephant in the living-room.