Silly That This Should Be Made Necessary
Instapundit offers the service of rounding up a handful of proof that, yes, the media did push hard on the "angry white male" angle in sniper speculation. In my opinion, it is ridiculous that such proof should be made necessary.
The most telling phrase, spoken by retired FBI profiler Gregg McCrary and related by Courtland Milloy, of the Washington Post:
Break that down. McCrary's first point is that white males were advantaged and are now having to "share power and control," suggesting that recently secured equality breeds resentment among them. His second point is that it is more a matter of "social class," suggesting that a social deficiency is the motivator. Combined, McCrary is positing an angry white male sniper lashing out against a society because it has leveled the playing field in such a way as to push him into a lower class.
Either this is a non-sequitur, or it is racist. One cannot be below average and average at the same time unless, of course, "below average" refers to aptitude while "average" refers to opportunity.
Posted by Justin Katz @ 10:28 PM EST
Harry @ 10/30/2002 12:32 AM EST