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Passing and Privilege: White Male Aspiration in the Age of the Loser and the Mass Murderer

There is a tendency in America to think of people as either winners or losers. Winners possess traits typically associated with normative masculinity and capitalism: in order to win, one must aggressively and competitively pursue career success and wealth at any cost. Sometimes this understanding of being a winner is couched in softer terms, such as “work hard and you can achieve your dream no matter what,” but the conceptual underpinnings are the same.

The roots of our cultural psyche can be traced back, in part, to the Western project of Empire, which valorized and encouraged a particular kind of personhood: the exemplary individual showed aggressive strength but was also guided by rational thinking. Both aggression and the rational mind were presumed inherent within the more advanced Western male psyche, an assumption that helped to justify the colonial project of capitalist expansion: non-Western men were thought to be too weak and

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Texas commutes death sentence, Florida executes murderer

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday, after the death row inmate’s family was able to receive a rare clemency recommendation.

Florida executed a man convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of a college student, media reports said, while Alabama plans to execute a convicted murderer later in the evening.

In Texas, Thomas Whitaker, 38, was convicted of masterminding a 2003 plot against his family in which his mother Tricia, 51, and brother Kevin, 19, were killed. His father, Kent, was shot in the chest and survived.

 (Thomas Whitaker via Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Reuters)

A devout Christian and retired executive,

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Warnings of mass murderer’s on loose falling through law enforcement cracks

The most recent blatant example of a failure to respond came last week as 17 teachers and students were gunned down in Parkland, Florida. The FBI received several credible tips that a graduate of Parkland High school, Nikolas Cruz, was posting disturbing social media postings that he wanted to become a “professional school shooter” and had a desire to kill people.  The FBI admitted it had failed to investigate even though there are only 12 “Nikolas Cruz” in the country.  So much for “see something, say something.”

In the same case, the local sheriff admitted to receiving over 20 calls about the dangers of the shooter.  No action was taken. The Parkland public defender, whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, said: “This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be a school shooter. If this

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The Gender Wars: Stop Press. Mass Murderer Is A Man!

Another day, another mass shooting in the United States. Mental health has come up as a possible cause; extremist views; lax gun laws. But the elephant in the room, writes Ben Pennings is still not being discussed.

One essential ingredient has been ignored in the analysis of the latest U.S. school massacre. Again.

Nikolas Cruz is a man.

Cruz’s mental health, ethnicity, political beliefs, school behaviour and access to weapons have all been critiqued. I have yet to see one politician, criminologist, law officer or media commentator highlight his gender.

This is despite 95 per cent of massacres in schools and universities having been committed by men, from Andrew Kehoe killing 44 people in a 1927 school bombing to the massacres at Montreal, Dunblane, Sanaa, Columbine, Osaka and Erfurt.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of mass murderers, serial killers, murderers, rapists, child molesters, and domestic violence perpetrators are male. The alarming level

Read more at: https://newmatilda.com/2018/02/19/gender-wars-stop-press-mass-murderer-man/

The Gender Wars: Stop Press. Mass Murderer Is A Man! – New Matilda

Another day, another mass shooting in the United States. Mental health has come up as a possible cause; extremist views; lax gun laws. But the elephant in the room, writes Ben Pennings is still not being discussed.

One essential ingredient has been ignored in the analysis of the latest U.S. school massacre. Again.

Nikolas Cruz is a man.

Cruz’s mental health, ethnicity, political beliefs, school behaviour and access to weapons have all been critiqued. I have yet to see one politician, criminologist, law officer or media commentator highlight his gender.

This is despite 95 per cent of massacres in schools and universities having been committed by men, from Andrew Kehoe killing 44 people in a 1927 school bombing to the massacres at Montreal, Dunblane, Sanaa, Columbine, Osaka and Erfurt.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of mass murderers, serial killers, murderers, rapists, child molesters, and domestic violence perpetrators are male. The alarming level

Read more at: https://newmatilda.com/2018/02/19/gender-wars-stop-press-mass-murderer-man/

Being Adopted Does Not Turn You Into A Mass Murderer

As you have no doubt heard by now, on Wednesday, February 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida killing 17 people. Each time a white terrorist goes on a murder spree,  we have the same circle-jerking conversation that just ends in more “thoughts and prayers” and no actual change. The same conversations about using mental illness as a scapegoat for racists whites, and how white terrorists are coddled and humanized. But this time, the information on the shooter that has been released even further “humanizes” him, and a conversation I originally decided to stay out of, I just have to say my piece about. Nikolas Cruz was adopted.

                                                                 

Read more at: https://blavity.com/being-adopted-does-not-turn-you-into-a-mass-murderer

Being Adopted Does Not Turn You Into A Mass Murderer | BLAVITY

As you have no doubt heard by now, on Wednesday, February 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida killing 17 people. Each time a white terrorist goes on a murder spree,  we have the same circle-jerking conversation that just ends in more “thoughts and prayers” and no actual change. The same conversations about using mental illness as a scapegoat for racists whites, and how white terrorists are coddled and humanized. But this time, the information on the shooter that has been released even further “humanizes” him, and a conversation I originally decided to stay out of, I just have to say my piece about. Nikolas Cruz was adopted.

                                                                 

Read more at: https://blavity.com/being-adopted-does-not-turn-you-into-a-mass-murderer

Florida student hid in closet from mass murderer 70 years after …

PARKLAND, Fla. – Carly Novell survived the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida by hiding in a closet – and her grandfather also escaped a lone gunman the same way almost 70 years ago.

The 17-year-old senior tweeted on Thursday about her being the second member in her family to survive a mass shooting.

“This is my grandpa. When he was 12 years old, he hid in a closet while his family was murdered during the first mass shooting in America. Almost 70 years later, I

Read more at: http://whnt.com/2018/02/17/student-hid-in-closet-from-mass-murderer-70-years-after-grandfather-did-the-same/

Florida student hid in closet from mass murderer 70 years after grandfather did the same

PARKLAND, Fla. – Carly Novell survived the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida by hiding in a closet – and her grandfather also escaped a lone gunman the same way almost 70 years ago.

The 17-year-old senior tweeted on Thursday about her being the second member in her family to survive a mass shooting.

“This is my grandpa. When he was 12 years old, he hid in a closet while his family was murdered during the first mass shooting in America. Almost 70 years later, I

Read more at: http://whnt.com/2018/02/17/student-hid-in-closet-from-mass-murderer-70-years-after-grandfather-did-the-same/

Student Hid in Closet From Mass Murderer 70 Years After Grandfather Did The Same

PARKLAND, Fla. – Carly Novell survived the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida by hiding in a closet – and her grandfather also escaped a lone gunman the same way almost 70 years ago.

The 17-year-old senior tweeted on Thursday about her being the second member in her family to survive a mass shooting.

“This is my grandpa. When he was 12 years old, he hid in a closet while his family was murdered during the first mass shooting in America. Almost 70 years later, I

Read more at: http://wnep.com/2018/02/16/student-hid-in-closet-from-mass-murderer-70-years-after-grandfather-did-the-same/