In the wake of last weekend’s tragic Texas church massacre, Democracy Now! hosts an exceptionally insightful discussion that makes the connection between white supremacy and mass shootings. Journalist Soraya Chemaly explains the bias that skews risk perception and risk assessment. In the U.S., it is called “The White Male Effect,” and refers to when “people assess threats based on their own identity.”
The video contains some news background, then the discussion begins about five minutes in.
“The 26-year-old white man named Devin Patrick Kelley who allegedly killed 26 people Sunday as they attended church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, had a history of domestic violence. He was court-martialed on charges he repeatedly hit his wife and attacked his stepson. But after he was kicked out of the Air Force with a bad conduct discharge, officials failed to report his crimes to a federal database, so Kelley had no problem buying the gun he used Sunday. We look at the link between mass shootings and domestic violence with Soraya Chemaly, director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, and with Mariame Kaba, an organizer and educator who works on anti-domestic violence programs.” ~ Democracy Now!
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