The Frightened White American Male
Caucasian male (yes, Hispanic is considered Caucasian) George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman, was afraid of African-American teenage boy, Trayvon Martin, and shot and killed Martin.
Caucasian male Curtis Reeves, retired law enforcement officer, was afraid of the younger Caucaisan, male, fellow movie-goer, Chad Oulson and shot and killed Oulson .
Caucasian male Michael Dunn shot and killed Jordan Davis, an African-American teenage boy, over the gun Dunn imagined Davis threatened him with, as was revealed during the Loud Music Trial.
All three killers claimed they feared for their lives and acted in self-defense. If the problem for an American white male is fear, it appears, the modern solution for the frightened Caucasian male is to kill.
The Supreme and Angry Gentleman
On Friday, May 23, 2014, the self-proclaimed “supreme gentleman” Elliot Rodger slashed three men to death in his apartment, then drove his BMW to the College Town of Isla Vista, California where he continued his rampage from his car by shooting dead two female students outside a sorority house and a male student inside a convenience store, while injuring several others with gunfire, along with hitting and injuring a bicyclist with his beloved BMW. The victims.
In 1964, the British band, Rolling Stones, was introduced to American audiences on the Ed Sullivan Show. In 1965, the Stones had a hit single ” Satisfaction ” which included the lines, “well he can’t be a man / ’cause he doesn’t smoke the same cigarettes as me…I can’t get no satisfaction / I can’t get no girl reaction.”
Perhaps, being new to America and also being introduced to the endless mass media images of American consumerism promising sex, love and happiness with every purchase, was worthy of commentary. After all, these are American male entitlements. Elliot Rodger clearly believed he was worthy of sex from blonde women, because of all his material wealth. His common theme throughout several of his self-made videos was loneliness and no satisfaction ever from any woman.
Rodger bragged he was well-traveled, drove a BMW and had nice clothes, including $300 Armani sunglasses. He clearly was baffled and angry that he did not have a “blonde” girlfriend, since he considered himself a “sophisticated…magnificent…polite…ultimate gentleman” with all the trappings of wealth that all the advertising throughout his lifetime told him would guarantee him blonde girlfriends.
In Rodger’s video “Retribution”, he angrily lamented that life had not been “fair” to him, because he was the “perfect guy” and “supreme gentleman” who always “would have” been “rejected” “if” he made advances towards “girls”, specifically “blonde” women. “Would have” and “if” are the key words here, I believe. After watching several of his videos on You Tube, it seems, he was incapable of interacting with anyone and bitterly viewed life from a distance, not knowing how to connect with others.
In his video, “Why do Girls Hate Me So Much”, Rodger concludes with the words “this is the only way I can ask you,” making the great disconnect and discontent easy to see.
More Before and Surely More to Follow
Many shootings and mass murders committed by other angry men or boys come to mind. One is the Columbine Colorado High School underage teenage-duo murder spree. Others include lone, young adult males who massacred at Virginia Tech, the Aurora Colorado movie theatre, and the Sandy Hook Connecticut Elementary School, to name a few. Killers can use guns, knives and bombs to create their carnage, sometimes, even in the guise of self-defense.
I’ve been wondering for quite a while, why are American men so afraid, angry and/or destructively mentally ill? As a “civilized” society we need to fully explore, define, address and attempt to cure our ills.