It was inevitable, I suppose. As soon as I saw the tragic story of the Sandy Hook School mass shooting on the news, and even through my shock and horror at the evil that swept through that small New England town, I knew I could set my watch and wait till someone attributed this to a problem in masculinity, if not the MRM itself.
I did not have long to wait.
Even while the young bodies were still warm, examiner.com writer William Hamby, who calls himself a “former evangelical Christian and secular activist” penned an article, Connecticut shooting, white males, and mass murder, in which he infers that the cause for the mass murder was frustration by white males that they have lost their power. Of course he ignores any of the evidence already available, such as the young killer being mentally ill and that he targeted mostly white children at the school after killing his mother. Hamby ignores this in his “hypothesis” and then moves straight on to quoting Michael Kimmel, pointing the finger at evil white men.
I chose at the time not to write about this on the AVfM home page. Hamby is a little known, misguided hack with no real audience. His blog draws almost no traffic. So I posted a comment to his article and fed that to the AVfM Facebook page.
This is quite possibly one of the most disgusting bits of claptrap I have read this year. And that is saying a lot. I am ardently opposed to what the ideology of gender feminism has become, but I would not lower myself to stand on the bodies of dead children and push that agenda over the wailing of their grief stricken parents.
The early indications in this tragedy already point to severe mental illness of the shooter, as has been taken from statements made by those who knew him best. And that would certainly pair well with his horrible actions. But the fact remains that we don’t have an inkling yet of what created this madman. And the piece of rubbish you posted takes us nowhere near closer.
Inferring from this horrific incident that it stemmed from loss of white male privilege, and tossing out a politicized, voodoo hypothesis of a couple of gender ideologues as though it were legitimate research makes you look less like a secular activist and more like a glassy eyed ideologue who disposes of science the moment it interferes with your worldview.
You are not a “former evangelical Christian.” You are just someone who transferred his faith and dogma to a different deity.
A truly pathetic and toxic article.
Apparently that was enough to inspire sufficient “likes” to my comment, and other comments in dissent of this idiots opinion that it angered him (He is both white and male, btw, so be careful here).
He has written a second article on this, Surprising responses to suggestion of White Male crime problem, expressing shock at all the outrage he encountered, and offering a veiled threat to take a “hard look” at the men’s rights movement.
I hope he does not have guns.
Anyway, even all this would not warrant attention on the home page here. He is just another bigot with a laptop and lot of bad information.
But now Bigot-in-Chief Michael Kimmel has shown up in the second article to help this aspiring misandrist stoking the fire, as well as stroking Kimmel’s notoriously massive ego.
Kimmel leads off his comment with the predictable:
Thanks for the shout out. I’m not surprised you’ve heard the virtiol[sic] of the Angry White Male Chorus.
In this, and the rest of Kimmel’s comment, he seeks to maintain the myth that the MRM is composed of exclusively whites and males, and thus possibly a part of the problem that Hamby is manufacturing.
I trust there are those who read here, women and men of color, that will not mind taking a moment to go in here, find Kimmel’s comment, and publicly out this lying bastard.