According to one professor, if white children weren’t told that the "world is their oyster", they wouldn’t be so prone to acts of terror. Would he rather they teach their kids that they aren’t special to begin with?
Not sure what the take-a-away is from his point of view.
The Newtown massacre is prompting a lot of reflecting on the causes of mass murder, from the availability of guns and ammunition to our failure to acknowledge and effectively treat mental illness. There’s also another theory emerging to help explain these unthinkable acts: white male privilege.
Pasadena City College professor of history and gender studies Hugo Schwyzer tells National Review Online that he believes many crimes, dating back to John Hinckley’s attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, are caused in part by “frustrated white male privilege.” In recent years, according to Schwyzer, mass murders have increasingly been committed by “white males from bucolic suburban settings” who may be experiencing a form of cognitive dissonance; having been told “the world is supposed to be your oyster,” these young men are “miserable in the midst of abundance” and feel “powerless compared to everyone else around them.”