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16 December 2012

Nice White Boys Next Door and Mass Murder

  This is a shared article from the Feminist Wire by Sikivu Hutchinson motivated  by the Sandy Hook killings.  It is an interesting perspective on the phenomenon of mass killings and how race and class are underlying facets of how we grieve and make sense of these heinous acts. Sandy Hook is especially chilling for so many young children were killed as well as teachers and school officials. 

As a retired mental health therapist; I've advocated over the years for better implementation and funding of mental health services for individuals and  families as well as support for them.  It should be a necessary adjunct of solution building discussions as we work on policies and practices to make it impossible for citizens to access weaponry designed for mass killings.  How well a society functions is based on how well families socialize their young and the efficiency  of ancillary services.

Link:
Nice White Boys Next Door and Mass Murder

8 comments:

Coco Rivers said...

Hi Carolyn,

Thank God I finally came over here! That was a brilliant piece which articulates perfectly the conversations and perspectives of many African Americans, myself included. It's difficult to articulate for fear of offending but the truth needs to be spoken.

I'm working on a piece now which discusses much of the same thing. You may enjoy what inspired me: MHP Show 12/15/12

Peace & Happy Holidays,

C.

Carolyn Moon said...

Coco,I'm so glad you stopped by and I've signed a petition you recommended in your post as well as some others.

We do worry about offending others but it seems like the pundits and many ordinary citizens aren't hesitant to make derogatory comments about many of our communities as it relates to the culture of violence.

Open dialogue in an informative and solution based manner; is really the way to go for this affects ALL of us!

Peace and season's greetings to you as well.

Desertflower said...

Carolyn, I agree.
Definitely more mental health professionals are needed for the population.

Carolyn Moon said...

Hi Desertflower,

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Anna Renee said...

It was a very interesting article. Sadly, a very deep seated denial in white America. Not all white people are in this particular denial, but most are.
They absolutely refuse to connect the dots. American culture is base, degrading and ugly. The children are taught this, and they grow up to mimic the ugliness.
Many of the young men are trained to want to kill by the videos and violent shows they watch. They have itchy trigger fingers, and they aren't all waiting for black people to train their guns on.
But some do, and set up innocent black youth, as in the story at The Final Call http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_9422.shtml
This "employer" obviously was mentally deranged and had a blood thirst. Read the article.
The white privilege-murderous sickness is very deep seated and very twisted. To kill your own mother? Much less innocent babies.

Carolyn Moon said...

Sis Anna, I read that article as well and what is more puzzling is how the authorities are handling this. His behind should be in jail right now. There is a deep sickness and a lack of moral fiber that would allow this man to aim a gun at Mr. Hoskins and come up with this lame excuse thinly veiled as an accident.

I can't imagine what the others were thinking at the table and if they were quiet for fear of their lives. I'm going to say this and there are many who may challenge me on this perspective. However, there was no respect for the humanity of this man of color which was probably ingrained in the employer for most of life. There is usually no margin of error when people like him step out of their comfort zone and make choices that they normally would not have made.

Haven't read any updates on this matter thus far.

Desertflower said...

Carolyn Moon said...
However, there was no respect for the humanity of this man of color which was probably ingrained in the employer for most of life. There is usually no margin of error when people like him step out of their comfort zone and make choices that they normally would not have made.
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So true. Sad and true.

Reggie said...

Excellent, excellent post.

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