Racism played a part in Santa Barbara killing say experts

Racism played a part in Santa Barbara killing say experts
Published: 2014 May 27 19:14:16 (7898 Views)
Experts in the US have suggested that the mass murder committed by Elliot Rodger in Santa Barbara  was also a result of racism.

Misogyny and entitlement were factors, but Rodger's manifesto reveals his rage was also directed at black people, Michael Kimmel and Cliff Leek write.

Michael Kimmel is a Stony Brook University sociologist and the author of 'Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era.'

Cliff Leek is in the sociology department at Stony Brook University. Cliff Leek is in the sociology department at Stony Brook University.

'But if we want to understand how this happened, and how to prevent it in the future, we are going to have to confront race. Let's look at the facts. In the last 20 years, all but one of the school shootings were committed by a white man,' they suggest.

'Rodger's enemies were not only the beautiful white girls who he felt constantly turned him down for dates and rejected him sexually.

'His rage was also toward all the men of colour he felt those white girls chose over him.

In his manifesto he writes: "How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from British aristocracy. He is descended from slaves. I deserve it more."

'Here's another way Rodger's race was involved. His parents were so worried that they called the police. The police went to his house and questioned him.

'They thought that he was basically fine, posed no threat, and they left him alone.

'Now imagine if he'd been black and expressed the threatening rage that is present in his many YouTube videos.

'The police would have knocked and he'd have been in handcuffs instantly.'

'But Elliot Rodger, the son of a British father and Asian mother, identified himself as white. He "looked normal."

'The commonality among these shooters is, overwhelmingly, race and gender,' Michael Kimmel and Cliff Leek argue.

The deranged 22-year-old behind a Santa Barbara killing spree apparently fantasized about a global takeover, a friend says.

After watching the movie "Chronicle" with a group of friends, Elliot Rodger announced he wanted to "dominate the world," friend Andi Chan told ABC News.

"We all thought he was insane, but we were used to it," Chan said in the interview. "Maybe in his mind he really wanted to do that."



The 2012 sci-fi flick tells the story of a bullied teen who discovers superpowers and is ultimately destroyed by them when he grows vengeful and violent.

The movie's cautionary tale was apparently lost on on Elliot Rodger, who delighted in the idea of power over his enemies.

Few understood the depths of Rodger's psychosis before Friday night. The son of "Hunger Games" assistant director Peter Rodger, the Santa Barbara City College student fatally stabbed three men in his apartment to begin a rampage that would leave six dead and 13 injured.

He apparently took took his own life during a shootout with local sheriff's deputies.

"He was a really lonely guy," Chan told ABC News.

Rodger often complained to friends about his trouble with women — a gripe he would later use as fuel for his madness.

In a chilling farewell video posted on YouTube, the hate-filled virgin vowed revenge on all the beautiful sorority girls who never slept with him and the men they chose instead.

"I hate all of you," Rodger says in the video.

Much of Rodger's loneliness was of his own making, said Chan, who'd been his friend for more than two years.

"Me and my friends tried to help him," Chan told ABC News. "He doesn't like to talk or hang out."

Apparently he was depressing to be around when he did join the guys, and his complaints were often the same.

"He asked why the world is unfair to him. 'I'm a good looking guy. Why do girls like ugly, fat guys?'" Chan told ABC News. "I told him appearance wasn't everything."

Rodger shot three women, killing two, outside the Alpha Phi sorority house. He then drove his BMW to a nearby deli and opened fire on the people inside, killing a 20-year-old man, authorities said.

The carnage continued for several minutes as Rodger ran down a cyclist and carried on a running gun battle with deputies.

He slammed his BMW into several parked cars and shot himself as deputies close in.

The aftermath was broadcast on television newscasts.

"While the shooting was going on, I was in a bar with a friend," Chan told ABC News. "I saw a picture of his car. I was like, 'Dude, that's Elliot's car.'"



Source - NYDN

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