Dancing On Their Graves Before They’re Even Buried

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shop times; font-size: 16px;”>To my knowledge, recipe we hadn’t even had the first burial of a victim from Santa Barbara’s killing spree before the Left started exploiting the situation for political gains.  I don’t know whether the purpose is to raise money for their cause, to push through quickly ill-advised legislation because they don’t want a tragedy to go to waste, or just to vent their own vile hatred, but it is shameful and pathetic.  Dancing on the graves of these innocents is bad enough, but doing so before they’re even in the ground has established a new low in supposed political discourse.

Tuesday, the 27th, witnessed the first memorial service for several young victims of Elliot Rodger, the spineless coward who killed 6 people in Santa Barbara.  On that very same day, Salon published an article by Brittney Cooper blaming the deaths on “white privilege”.  While technology has shortened publishing lead times considerably, it’s inconceivable that Ms. Cooper’s article was not already in the works prior to the memorial, a fact which should challenge the very concept of Liberal empathy for the downtrodden.

Ms. Cooper wrote, “Can I scream yet?  It’s time for America to admit what it’s long resisted: white male privilege kills”.  The self-deception here is amazing in its willingness to ignore facts.  Mr. Rodger was half Asian, and he killed himself.  Why is this white privilege, Ms. Cooper?  Why isn’t it Asian privilege?  Relative to their proportion in the population, more Asians are admitted to the UCs than whites or other racial groups.  Isn’t that a privilege?  To grant Ms. Cooper any semblance of logic to her ramblings, based on the events in Santa Barbara, shouldn’t we request that the UCs begin instructing their Asian students to “check their privilege” as is being done to so many white students at several of America’s elite colleges?  Of course, it is ridiculous to ascribe this to Asian privilege, but such linkages are the heart of Ms. Cooper’s position.

Come to think of it, why is there any evidence of privilege at all?  Mr. Rodger ultimately killed himself and left behind a manifesto documenting a pretty miserable psychological existence.  Whatever monetary advantage his family’s entertainment industry-generated wealth provided wasn’t much of a privilege after all. There is no evidence of any privilege in this situation, but there certainly was an opportunity for a leading intellectual of the Left (she teaches at Rutgers, after all) to push Liberal theories of class, gender and racial divisions.

The same can be said of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s attempt to lay blame for the killings on frustrated men – I believe of all races, but that was probably an oversight due to the speed with which they, too, jumped on the coffins of the innocent victims. 

A spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center told MSNBC on Tuesday that “the killing of four men and two women by Elliot Rodger was part of a war on women which began in 1989” (we even have a beginning date), adding that “the misogynistic man-o-sphere online created a number of mass killers.”  Not to be left out of the hate-fest, MSNBC’s host, Joy Reid, noted that Elliott Rodger “spent most of his time on websites in which men expressed their frustrations about feminism and their difficulties in attracting women.”

So the war on women is being fueled by online entertainment.  That raises some interesting issues which the Left has conveniently neglected to explore.  The war on women was previously thought to be a product of conservatism.  But if this misogynistic movement is fueled by the entertainment industry, then doesn’t that make it a product of liberalism, not conservatism?  Secondarily, if the entertainment industry can produce websites which create and/or exacerbate violent tendencies in males, doesn’t that give some credence to conservative concerns about the effects on society of the debauchery and violence that passes for mainstream entertainment on T.V. and in the theaters? 

I will pass on the opportunity to make the political points to which the answers to the above questions might lead.  I do, after all, have empathy for those who have lost loved ones, and I do want to allow them their time to grieve without being drawn into a political debate. 

That leaves this article a bit unfinished, but that is at it should be.  As for Rutgers, who employs, and MSNBC, who provides airtime, to such insensitive, callous and deceitful opportunists, shame on you.  I never expected better from the likes of Brittney Cooper or the Southern Poverty Law Center.  I had hoped that a leading educational institution and a mainstream American media firm would have better vetting processes.  That was a false hope.

For the victims’ families, my apologies that you have to be included in any discussion, debate or distortion at this difficult time in your lives.  Our prayers go out to you for healing, comforting and eventually some sliver of peace during your long walk in the valley of the shadow of death where you can know that God is with you.

Gregory J. Welborn is a freelance writer and has spoken to several civic and religious organizations on cultural and moral issues.  He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 3 children and is active in the community.  He can be reached [email protected]


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