Earlier this week, Salon columnist David Sirota told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that the major issue in school shootings was the fact that so many of them are committed by white people.
“The issue with it will be, politically, I think; the profile is white men. That’s a profile that’s not, essentially, in America allowed to be profiled,” Sirota said at the time. “That’s the one profile in America that’s not allowed to be profiled.”
Now, Sirota is back, this time speaking to CNN’s Don Lemon on the subject of how mass killers might have been influenced by what he calls “white privilege.” Mediaite reports:
Lemon referenced a recent article Sirota had written in which he said if the shooter was a black male, he’d be a labelled a “thug,” or if he was Muslim, he’d be labelled a “terrorist,” but since he’s white, no generalized labels have been thrown about. Sirota stood by his piece and said he hoped the “next time something bad happens,” we don’t “ascribe to entire groups the bad actions of individuals.” The reason we’re not now, he said, is because it’s a form of “white privilege.”
“White privilege” has been a favorite cause celebre of the Left recently, with its attendant implication that all white people enjoy a superior degree of social power to minorities. Certainly, Sirota himself has joined this ideological bandwagon.
“This idea white people are being kept down, that white people are being oppressed – does this have anything to do with this?” Sirota asked. “I think it’s worth asking the question.”