Intimidating rage never outnumbered
“We need law and order.” Imposing law and order, be it clamping down on black criminals in the inner cities or torturing terrorists – either for information or simply for revenge – has been a theme of Trump’s campaign.It’s crude and often vulgar, and is pandering to racial and religious fears, but in an anxious age it resonates with millions of American voters.And yet his virginity, the very excuse he used to justify the deaths he caused, was offered as a swift explanation.To a society that still holds tight to the archaic myth of virginity, Rodger was an aberration, one that could have been saved should he have had sex, like a "real man." Positioning sex as an unmitigated good, and virginity as a direct insult to manhood, is a prevalent attitude that creates a social stratum of sexual power which fosters and even legitimizes violence.Each year in America there are dozens of mass shootings and thousands of incidents in which individuals get shot.The media fascination with these feeds into a panic mentality – and a resultant willingness to condone violent responses by law enforcement.After seeing a mass of white men encircle the small, anti-racist opposition in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, actor and comedian Michael Rapaport published a short, but angry video on Twitter, calling the assembly of white nationalists "revenge of the nerd protesters.""You know your life ain't shit [if] you're a college student on a Friday night during the summertime, and you ain't gettin' no ass, and you decide to come out for a protest carrying tiki torches, talking shit," Rapaport exclaims."Eat some pizza, take a few bongers...it's Friday night, try to get to second base with a girl, you fucking losers." The video is currently one of the most widely shared reactions to the events in Charlottesville, clearly emphasizing that Rapaport's sentiment is far from isolated.
Engaging in sexual intercourse will not liberate the rising scourge of white supremacists of their racism, just as it will not liberate them of violent masculinity.
In the first US presidential debate, Donald Trump played the tough guy, as he so often does.
“There’s bad things going on, some really bad things,” he declared.
When the history of our era is written, the events in San Bernardino on 2 December 2015, in Orlando on 12 June and in Dallas on 7-8 July will feature prominently.
The massacre of social workers by two Islamic State sympathisers at a Christmas party in the southern California city, the murder of five police officers by a Dallas sniper during a night of protests against police brutality, and the slaughter of dozens of clubgoers in Florida all bored their way deeply into the American psyche.