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TRIGGER WARNING …
So, by now you have all heard of 22 year old Elliot Rodger who went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, a community in Santa Barbara, California. One Friday night, Elliot shot and killed 7 people, including himself, close to the University of California Santa Barbara campus.
Prior to his violent shooting rampage, Elliot recorded a video titled, Day of Retribution in which he states, “college is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I’ve had to rot in in loneliness, it’s not fair.” and “you girls have never been attracted to me, I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it”.
About a month ago, after seeing some of Elliot’s YouTube videos, his family contacted authorities. Law Enforcement interviewed Elliot and said they found him to be a ‘perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human’ and took no further action.
Now we have media outlets labeling Elliot as a “mad man”, “spoiled brat”, “misunderstood”, “good human” etc and continuing to file this mass murder under mental health.
Understand that no one is saying that he did not suffer from mental illness, I’m sure he does. But we CANNOT ignore the fact that this mass killing was rooted in his hate of women (misogyny) and inability to properly deal with rejection. There is much to unpack about this incident, how it was handled and how it will be portrayed in the media, but for now I’ll post some tweets from those of us responding to the shooting on twitter.
For more info about the shooting: http://bit.ly/1mjerdo
Elliot Rodgers, Day of Retribution video: http://youtu.be/FWWGtee14pA
Elliot was also racist: http://bit.ly/1h0BniC
Three more bodies found at Elliot’s apartment: http://bit.ly/RnzYWP
Elliot Rodgers 140 page manifesto, My Twisted World: http://bit.ly/1nGaWwX
I’m very nearly hesitant to reblog this. This is no more grisly than some of the other mass killings with a purpose that have happened recently, but this…it is really fucking disturbing because the guy’s reasons are right there. We don’t have to ask why or read into it. And they are awful.
How can anyone claim there isn’t a cultural issue with misogyny and sexism against women when something like this happens? How can anyone say that there isn’t a racist and prejudiced imbalance against the perception and characterization of minorities when this white boy gets called “misunderstood” and so many lament that they would have never thought of him as doing something like this, when black offenders or even victims like Trayvon Martin get combed with a fine toothed comb about any “thug-like” or delinquent behaviour that may answer why he deserved such a fate or why everyone saw it coming? How can anyone say there isn’t something deeply wrong with our culture of entitlement and how it develops young (white) men into creatures with the capacity to take or destroy what they want?
This really saddens and sickens me.