Tuesday, December 25, 2012

David Sirota: If Most Mass Shooters Weren't White, "Conversation Would Be Uglier"

In a recent article, Salon writer David Sirota wrote that the reason we're having nuanced discussions about gun violence in America instead of calls for demographic profiling is because white men have been responsible for most mass shootings. The right-wing media has attacked Sirota for these views. Speaking to CNN's Don Lemon, Sirota asserted that if the majority of shooters were Arabs or African-Americans, "the conversation would be...much uglier." Watch:

SIROTA: I think we should ask the question why is America 30 percent white guys, and 70 percent of the shootings in the last many decades have been at the hands of white guys ... I do think it's interesting to note that had 70 percent of mass shooters been let's say Arabs or African-American men, I think the conversation would be ... much uglier... I think that it's good that we're having a nuanced conversation about all sorts of things -- mental illness, gun control -- but I hope that the next time something bad happens ... that if it's not a white guy, that we remember that we shouldn't ascribe to entire groups the bad actions of individuals. Because we're not doing that right now, and I'm not saying that we should, but I think we should remember that the reason we're not is because it's a form of white privilege.

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