Had Elliot Rodger been black or female and posted a YouTube screed against whites or men before his shooting rampage Friday night, people wouldn’t be talking about “mental illness” … or blaming society for his unmet sexual desires. (More)
On Friday night, Rodger began his deadly spree by stabbing three men to death at his apartment building. He then drove to a sorority house at the University of California at Santa Barbara and knocked on the door. When no one answered, he shot three young women on the sidewalk, killing two UCSB students and wounding a third, unidentified woman. He drove past a local deli and shot and killed a male UCSB student, and continued to fire at people on the street and sheriff’s deputies. He struck and injured two cyclists, one of whom landed on his windshield. He then crashed into another vehicle and shot himself in the head.
In his manifesto, which he called “My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger,” Mr. Rodger said the police had visited his apartment in April, acting on the complaints of his mother, who was alarmed by videos he had posted online. He said he had managed to convince the police that there was nothing to worry about, and quickly took down the videos – posting them again in the days before what he called his “Day of Retribution.”
The sheriff acknowledged that deputies had visited Mr. Rodger’s apartment on April 30, but said he had appeared courteous and polite, and did not meet the conditions that would have permitted them to confine him.
“You’ve got to understand that this is a fairly routine kind of call that is quite commonplace,” he said. “The deputies are well trained and are adept at handling these kind of calls.”
In January, Rodger posted a message, entitled “Saw a black guy sitting with 4 white girls,” in which he expressed his outrage over white women socializing with minority men:
Today I drove through the area near my college and saw some things that were extremely rage-inducing.
I passed by this restaurant and I saw this black guy chilling with 4 hot white girls. He didn’t even look good.
Then later on in the day I was shopping at Trader Joe’s and saw an Indian guy with 2 above average White Girls!!!
What rage-inducing sights did you guys see today? Don’t you just hate seeing these things when you go out? It just makes you want to quit life.
When another poster said he was being racist, Rodger responded with disbelief that white women were interested in these “undeserving” men instead of him:
I don’t understand how these guys do it.
Here we are suffering on PuaHate when these lesser, undeserving men that I saw today are walking around with hot girls. It doesn’t make sense.
The 22-year old said to be behind a drive-by shootings on Friday that left seven dead, including himself, taped a video before the shooting in which he said he wanted “to enter the hottest sorority house of [University of California, Santa Barbara] and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up blond slut I see inside there.”
“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,” Rodger said in the Youtube video. “It’s an injustice, a crime because I don’t know what you all don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy. And yet you all throw yourselves at these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman. I will punish you all for it.”
Rodger had been diagnosed with Asberger Syndrome – an autism spectrum disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction and non-verbal communication – and we’ll doubtless hear more about that in the coming days …
… because Rodger was a white male. Had he been black or female and posting hate-filled screeds about whites or men, the media conversation would be very different. Reporters would be speculating about rage among blacks or women – as groups – rather than painting Rodger as a singular exception.
And no one would dare offer what self-styled “Innovative Casanova” Roosh Vorek wrote yesterday:
I’m trying to think of ways our enemies will come after us because of this, but if anything, we’re the solution to this sort of murder rampage. This is the society that progressives wanted, where women are fully able to choose the top 10% of alpha males while shaming masculinity, leaving beta males with modest resources in the dust. Of course they will simply push a ban on guns, but this wholly neglects the cause. Seven people died because this guy couldn’t get laid, at the same time the Federal government is pursuing kangaroo courts to kick men out of college for “rape” that doesn’t need to be proved in a court of law. How can they not see this connection?
Society gave beta males a bargain – they work hard with the expectation of a wife and family. That bargain no longer exists so we can’t be surprised when one loses his mind and starts shooting. At the very least, prostitution should be legalized as a release valve. If the killer had access to some high quality hookers for $150 a pop, it would have given him some meaning.
Yes, in Vorek’s worldview “Seven people died because this guy couldn’t get laid.”
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Friday night’s terror did not happen “because this guy couldn’t get laid.” It happened because Rodger, like George Sodini in 2009 – fueled by the writings of misogynists like Vorek – felt entitled to women’s bodies. Neither left any doubt as to his motive.
But both Rodger and Sodini were white men … so let’s talk about mental illness.