Like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chauncey DeVega is always good for dissecting white culture. Here he is, on the Santa Barbara shooter:
"When the bad behavior of white people is publicly called to account, said person’s relationship to 'Whiteness' is rarely discussed.
To be forced to include white mass murderers, madmen, and Right-wing domestic terrorists as part of the tribe is very uncomfortable and disconcerting.
This is understandable: what reasonable person would not want to excommunicate them from their community and affinity group?
Only white folks have such a luxury in the United States: a black rapist, thief, or murderer is de facto a representative of 'the black race' with its 'bad culture' and 'pathologies'. There is no parallel for whites. The white murderer, thief, rapist, or mass shooter is an outlier, 'mentally ill', or some type of deviant whose behavior reveals nothing about white people en masse.
Which made TMR wonder, considering the profound effect whites have (and have had) on black lives, why don't whites generally discuss themselves - as a force - in public?
Do their obvious hypocrisies, and advertised insecurities - as they do their self-policing - appear normal to them, as they don't to TMR?
And how do they feel, about the "luxury" they've afforded themselves, at the expense of others?
Like having secured a place for such behavior while vehemently telling anyone, who will (still) listen, it isn't so?
Is there ever a twinge of recognition it's all a lie?
And don't they ever want to start over?
If I was white - and not TMR to cultism - that'd be the way I'd go,…