James Hodgkinson Proves White Men Are Bulletproof
Today you will probably see one of the many thousands of articles positing the reasons a man took a rifle and opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Arlington, Va. Every cable news pundit will explain how this newly toxic political environment fomented the hate and rage that led to James T. Hodgkinson’s brutal attack.
In every one of these instances, writers, reporters and talking heads will try their best to conjure up amateur and qualified psychological analyses of what triggered Hodgkinson. Maybe he was a victim of the amped-up war between Democrats and Republicans. Perhaps President Donald Trump’s numerous misdeeds so frustrated Hodgkinson that he just snapped.
This is indicative of the benefit of the doubt that the media and the public extend to all white men.
Unlike in the case of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, reporters aren’t wondering when Hodgkinson was radicalized. I dare you to find an article looking into his religion. Even people in the street interviews have refrained from offhandedly calling Hodgkinson a thug.