No, it’s not another lone wolf — it’s white male rage

This is how white male supremacy works in America. No matter how many white men go on killing sprees because they didn’t get what they wanted (a woman’s attention, popularity in school, a white America), we never discuss the problem of white male rage.

Every white killer is a separate and unique “isolated incident,” a “lone wolf” disconnected from any larger pattern.

This is like declaring every tree in a forest to exist in singular solitude and the forest itself to be invisible. Worse, anyone pointing out the obvious existence of the forest is treated as a heretic by polite society because it’s just rude to ruffle the leaves of all the trees. They’re extremely fragile and cannot handle any kind of criticism. After all, you never know what might set another one of them off on a completely isolated killing spree. They’re just under so much pressure these days!

But that’s the result of creating a society that tells exactly one group, white men, that the universe is theirs to command and control; that everything is theirs for the taking. When white men don’t get what they want, how they want, the way they want it, they lash out in a mindless rage at anyone and everyone they blame for denying them what they feel entitled to. Maybe if we stopped coddling them, they’d stop being so fucking fragile. And then maybe, just maybe, they’d stop killing so many of us in petulant rages when they don’t get their way.

The sooner we start talking about the problem instead of finding every excuse imaginable to avoid discussing white male rage, the better off the world will be.