Mass shootings by white men happen all the time, yet white Americans are not stigmatized for it.
Samuel L. Jackson, who needs no introduction, made some interesting points during a recent interview he gave in lieu of the new film The Hateful Eight. The interview gave some insightful points on the nature of Muslim discrimination, one which should be taken more seriously in the US.
Jackson made a comment regarding the recent San Bernardino shooting, in which he claimed he wished that the shooter was “a crazy white guy,” rather than a Muslim. Conservatives of course salivated at this comment, yet Jackson made an interesting point. The fact is, Muslims are a distrusted minority in the US, and the San Bernardino shooting made things much worse.
The fact is, white people in America are not inherently distrusted, even though white Americans commit far more mass shootings than any other group. The point Jackson made refers to the fact that if a white guy was behind the shooting, no one would get into mass hysteria over a “white” threat. Muslims are not afforded this luxury.
Facts show that Americans are more likely to be massacred by their white neighbor, yet Muslims are the ones distrusted the most in this case. The fact remains that white Americans would not suffer the same stigma that Muslims would suffer for such a deadly event. Past shootings are proof of this.
Mass shootings by whites happen all the time, yet white Americans are not stigmatized in complete ways over it. More often than not, the shooters are called “crazy” and “lone wolves” who clearly don’t represent all of white Americans. Yet, Muslims are not granted this same level of courtesy. If a Muslim commits a shooting, or attack of any kind, it represents all of Islam by definition.
White Americans are not labeled threats, even though most threats in the US stem from white Americans. An inherent bias exists here. No one has to worry about white Americans suffering stigma from a mass shooting done by a white American. Muslims worry greatly about these things, because they are already stigmatized by suspicion and fear.
This video by TYT helps break it down a little bit better.