The area’s white man has a ‘bad day’
We’ll call him Angry White Guy # 72524, okay? He was charged with murdering eight people in Atlanta; six of whom were women of Asian descent. And like clockwork, as soon as the news broke, the excuses began. Sure, what he did was terrible, but let’s not be too quick to describe the Angry White Guy # 72524 as a racist or a misogynist or a domestic terrorist! He was just a nice guy having a bad day.
“He was pretty fed up and at the end of his rope. Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did, ”Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office explained Wednesday at a news conference. Baker added that the suspect had assured authorities that the shooting was not racially motivated; I guess police procedure these days is to take criminals at their word and repeat their talking points. “Apparently he has a problem, which he considers a sex addiction, and he sees these places as something that allows him to go to those places, and it is a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate,” Baker said. Well understood. It makes a lot of sense.
Unsurprisingly, Baker’s comments immediately generated a conviction. This escalated when it was discovered that Baker had shared images on Facebook containing racist slogans about “Chy-na”; Baker has now been removed from his role as spokesperson in the case. One of his colleagues has said that while the comments were unfortunate, Baker has “personal ties to the Asian community.” It can’t be racist, see? He has an Asian friend!
Let’s be clear: this is not the case of a bad cop making an idiotic statement. Baker’s sympathy for a guy who admitted to killing eight people is just the latest example of how quickly white male violence is rationalized and excused. Do you think Baker would have been talking about a “bad day” if the shooter had been Muslim? Hell no, the police would probably be raiding mosques right now to see where he had been “radicalized.” Do you think Baker would have been making sympathetic noises if the Angry White Guy # 72524 had been black? It is unthinkable. The shooter probably wouldn’t have even made it into police custody alive. I mean, we all know the rules. White killers = mental health problems. Brown killers = terrorists. Black killers = thugs.
Baker’s compassion for Angry White Guy # 72524 is also part of a phenomenon that philosopher Kate Manne, writing in the context of rape culture, has called “himpathy”: The excessive sympathy shown towards men perpetrators of sexual violence. “Misogyny brings women down,” he writes in his latest book on male law, “And himpathy protects the officers from that takedown operation, in part by painting them as ‘good guys.’ Look at the way Christine Blasey Ford was accused of trying to ruin poor Brett Kavanaugh’s life, for example. Look at the way a judge decided that Brock Turner’s “potential” mattered more than the fact that he raped an unconscious woman.
The Atlanta shooter is not the first person to blame “sex addiction” for his crimes. Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey made similar claims after being disgraced. Ted Bundy blamed his crimes on porn addiction. Please. These guys don’t have a sex addiction, they have a rights addiction. They have a self-control problem. The fact that “sex addiction”, which most experts are very doubtful aboutcan even vaguely be seen as an excuse for male violence, it shows how deeply ingrained misogyny is – it reflects the way women are always seen as dangerous temptresses who lead men to sin. Anything a man does is always a woman’s fault.
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism