Elliot Rodger was white like Barack Obama is white

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On May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger killed seven people. Three were stabbed and four were shot to death. The left wasted no time in laying the blame.

A white man.

Being white is bordering on being criminal in this country. “White privilege” is akin to original sin. Let’s have a look at how the disease that is liberalism treated the murders.


Yes, Elliot Rodger is White: What the Santa Barbara Shooter Can Teach Us About Race and Masculinity

Elliot Rodger was/is a white man.

For some people, this fact is very controversial and upsetting.

As I wrote in ‘The True Alpha Male’: The Santa Barbara Mass Shooting, Elliot Rodger, and Aggrieved White Male Entitlement Syndrome, when the bad behavior of white people is publicly called to account, said person’s relationship to “Whiteness” is rarely discussed.

To be forced to include white mass murderers, madmen, and Right-wing domestic terrorists as part of the tribe is very uncomfortable and disconcerting.

This is understandable: what reasonable person would not want to excommunicate them from their community and affinity group?

Only white folks have such a luxury in the United States: a black rapist, thief, or murderer is de facto a representative of “the black race” with its “bad culture” and “pathologies”. There is no parallel for whites. The white murderer, thief, rapist, or mass shooter is an outlier, “mentally ill”, or some type of deviant whose behavior reveals nothing about white people en masse.

The boundaries of Whiteness and white privilege are heavily policed: bad people are “them”; good people are “us”.


The Santa Barbara Mass Shooting, Elliot Rodger, and Aggrieved White Male Entitlement Syndrome

As I often ask, “what shall we do with the white people?”

When an “Arab” or “Muslim” American kills people in mass they are a “terrorist”. When a black person shoots someone they are “thugs”. When a white man commits a mass shooting he is “mentally ill” or “sick”.

Whiteness and white privilege are the luxury to be an individual, one whose behavior reflects nothing about white people as a group.

There will not be a national discussion of a culture of “white pathology” or how white Americans may have a “cultural problem” with their young men and gun violence. The news media will not devote extensive time to the “social problem” of white male violence and mass shootings.


White guy killer syndrome: Elliot Rodger’s deadly, privileged rage

Welp. Another young white guy has decided that his disillusionment with his life should become somebody else’s problem. On Saturday, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger (who, as many commenters have pointed out, had a white father and mother of Asian descent) went on a killing spree on the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, murdering his three roommates, shooting women outside a sorority house, and hitting people with his car as he attempted to get away from police.

How many times must troubled young white men engage in these terroristic acts that make public space unsafe for everyone before we admit that white male privilege kills? While Mark Cuban is busy crossing the street at any sign of a black male in a hoodie, or clutching his wallet a bit tighter at the sign of a tatted-up white guy, he may find a bullet whizzing by his head from a young, clean-cut white man, child of a Hollywood film director, upset that he does not have a certain level of clout and status with the ladies.

The idea that it is young black men or working-class white men (which is partially what I think Cuban’s invocation of tattoos attempts to encode) who make public space dangerous is belied by the fact that the problems of urban violence, which disproportionately involve young men of color, largely happen on residential terrain. Black men are not rolling onto college campuses and into movie theaters on a regular basis to shoot large numbers of people. Usually, the young men who do that are white, male, heterosexual and middle-class.

Entertaining. But here’s the truth: Elliot Rodger was as white as Barack Obama is.

Rodger identified himself as white, but that was wishful thinking. Rodger was half Malaysian. He did not look pure Caucasian and he was not. Rodger fantasized:

“How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from British aristocracy. He is descended from slaves. I deserve it more.”

Clearly something was wrong with Rodger. His parents knew it. What Rodger suffered from wasn’t white privilege or white male syndrome. For God’s sake, he went to UC Santa Barbara. His illness was being a liberal.

Now let’s have a look at race. It gets difficult to tell who’s what.

This is Mariah Carey. She’s obviously, er, black.


This is Rachel Meghan Markle. She’s obviously, er, black.

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This is Rashida Jones. She’s obviously er, black.

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This is Wentworth Miller. He is obviously er, black.

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This is Rachel Bilson. She’s obviously Filipina.


This is George Zimmerman. He’s obviously white.


This is Elliott Rodger. Clearly he’s pure Caucasian.


The left uses race at its whim for political calculus. If a person of mixed race is popular that person usually is claimed to be of color. If the person has done something wrong, he or she is white. It is abusive, wrong and sordid. I agree completely with John Hinderaker:

Beyond that, some might argue that Rodger was a prototypical liberal male, only carried to a pathological extreme. Consider the profile: socially awkward, convinced of his own brilliance but not notably successful in life, hungry for revenge against those who have done better despite their obvious inferiority, eager to gain power over others, but through political influence rather than firearms–is this not a typical liberal on Twitter, or elsewhere on the internet? Or, for that matter, in the Obama administration? Isn’t state power the legal path to the long-awaited revenge of the liberal nerds? This strikes me as a plausible suggestion.

Elliot Rodger was a white man like Barack Obama is a white man. Rodger suffered from liberal spoiled shitless entitlement syndrome and frankly so does Barack Obama. Liberalism is itself a mental illness and liberals should not be able to own guns. Liberal privileged spoiled shitless entitlement syndrome is dangerous.

DrJohn has been a health care professional for more than 30 years. In addition to clinical practice he has done extensive research and has published widely with over 70 original articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. DrJohn is well known in his field and has lectured on every continent except for Antarctica. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for over 30 years and has three kids- two sons, both of whom are attorneys and one daughter on her way into the field of education. DrJohn was brought up with the concept that one can do well if one is prepared to work hard but nothing in life is guaranteed. Except for liberals being foolish.

15 Responses to “Elliot Rodger was white like Barack Obama is white”

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    Nanny G

    Good points.

    The left uses race at its whim for political calculus. If a person of mixed race is popular that person usually is claimed to be of color. If the person has done something wrong, he or she is white.

    So true.
    There is no real genetic difference between the races.
    We can ALL interbreed, therefore we are ALL of the same species.
    Genetic isolation caused quite a few differences to emerge.
    But no groups of people are geographically so isolated as to maintain their differences much longer.
    All the most dominant genetic options always win.
    So, redheads are supposedly going extinct.
    Blue eyes, too.
    Men who needn’t shave are more rare than even 50 years ago.
    (We elected one of them president many years ago when it was pretty common.)

    Since Obama has been president race has become more of a divisive issue than in the last 40 years.
    It is part of his calculus of the politics of envy and redistributionist dog whistling.
    He has no intention of helping people of ”the right colors.”
    But his language fools them into thinking he will.

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    Three deaths and 10 wounded in the Myrtle Beach shootings last weekend. Why is no one reporting on that?

    Oh, that’s right; they don’t want to bring attention to the fact it was Black Bike Week.

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    Bill Burris

    This idiot suffered from frustrated entitled liberal syndrome. He was liberal, he came from wealthy parents and he had a progressive ideology. So, he should have whatever he wanted. Because he wanted it.

    When he didn’t get the affections of pretty girls, it was THEIR fault… because HE deserves it. Since he deserves it, he should receive it and, if not, he will take it.

    Almost every mass killer has been liberally ideological. It appears to me that liberals have a problem with respecting the right to life of people that don’t agree with them. The more unhinged of them decide the corrective action for this is to slaughter as many of those random contrarians as they can. These aren’t about money or even politics; it’s about their worthiness elevated above all others.

    We see it in conversations every single day by liberals who believe anyone that will not believe as they do are stupid and have no right to an opinion. These mass killers just take it a step further and decide others don’t have a right to live.

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    The Gun Control crowd completely ignores the political alignment of the majority of criminals who use guns (or any other weapon) to commit violent crimes. We know from looking at the statistics that Democratic party controlled Blue metropolitan areas always tip the scales with the highest per capita violent crime and murders.

    This supports a logical conclusion that if you disqualify Democrats from bearing arms, (due to their emotional instability,) it will result in lower violent crime and murder rates.

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    M Anderson

    Why is nobody talking about what the victims looked like? I haven’t even seen what they look like. I bet all my money they weren’t half Chinese or black.

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    @M Anderson:

    Yes, let’s forget about the killer and look at the victims:

    The roommates that he stabbed to death were George Chen, 19, Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, and Weihan Wang, 20. Their names would tend to indicate them being of Asian descent (Chinese). The three young men were avid gamers.

    13 people were wounded, authorities said. Three of the wounded are still being treated at at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, spokeswoman Maria Zate told CNN on Monday. Two are in good condition and one is in fair condition…(snip)

    Chen, Hong and Wang, the three men fatally stabbed in Rodger’s apartment, were students at the University of California, Santa Barbara — as were the three other victims who didn’t survive.

    The two young women fatally shot outside the Alpha Phi sorority house — Katherine Cooper, 22, and Veronika Weiss, 19 — were members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority at UCSB.

    Katie will be remembered for her generous spirit and warm heart. Veronika will be remembered for her vibrant personality and enthusiasm for life,” Delta Delta Delta President Phyllis Durbin Grissom wrote.

    The sixth victim killed was Christopher Martinez, who was getting a sandwich at a deli when he was shot. The 20-year-old UCSB student was known for his selflessness.

    “If I was going through something, he was always there for me. If I needed something, he was there. If I needed a textbook, if I was locked out of the room because I forgot my key, he would stop playing basketball or doing what he was doing to unlock the door so I didn’t have to get charged. He was just a great guy.”

    Of the other 13 people wounded, eight with bullets, four by car and one unknown, across 10 different crime scenes. That is as much as I have to date on the killer’s victims. May we offer our prayers and sympathy for all of the victims and their family.

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    Norman Pattis writes an excellent article discounting the claim that the killer was “mentally ill” and blames it on the left’s Culture of Narcissism.

    It is not at all obvious to me that mental health explains why some people snap. The Rodger video is certainly chilling. But the young man is not delusional: he knows exactly what he is going to do, and why. He was deprived since puberty the pleasures of the flesh. He couldn’t find a seat at the table of self-indulgence. So he was going to destroy those who had rejected him. He looks and sounds like a self-indulgent little creep…(snip)

    …We used to call ordinary human weakness sin: There’s envy, greed, rage, to name but a few. Certainly, Rodger is envy writ large. The young man was almost a caricature of envy — “No kisses for me! Ah, the injustice of it all.” To what rung of Hell would Dante have consigned this loveless loser?

    But mentally ill? …(snip)

    …Consider Elliot Rodger, an apparent child of affluence sitting in his BMW complaining that pretty girls won’t kiss him. That he went to college and did not get to have sex. That the popular kids wouldn’t pay him any mind.

    Where did he ever get the idea that he had a right to these things? Who taught him that his desire was the measure of all things? At what point do we stop saying that one must be mentally ill to snap?…(snip)
    …Elliot Rodger looks less like a victim of mental illness than he does the Culture of Narcissism coming to its logical extreme. If all we are is the sum of our desires, then desire frustrated is the apocalypse. We should worry less about this young man’s mental illness and more about the social malaise that made him possible.


    in California on Tuesday, two Assembly members proposed legislation that would create a gun violence restraining order that could be sought from a judge by law enforcement at the request of family members and friends.

    “When someone is in crisis, the people closest to them are often the first to spot the warning signs, but almost nothing can now be done to get back their guns or prevent them from buying more,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, who sponsored the measure with Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara.

    Currently, therapists can tell authorities when they fear a client is at risk of committing a violent act. However, there is no prohibition on firearms ownership unless someone has been involuntarily committed for mental health treatment.

    Another proposal involves establishing statewide protocols for law enforcement officers who are called to check on mentally troubled people.

    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, suggested that authorities should be required as part of such welfare visits to check whether a person has purchased weapons instead of just talking to the person.

    Additional steps could include searching the individual’s surroundings and talking to roommates, neighbors and relatives, he said.

    “There is a lot we can do to prevent these kinds of horrific events in the future,” said Steinberg, who has spent much of his time in the Legislature addressing mental health concerns.

    If California passes this law, they are going to have to hire a whole lot of law enforcement officers to investigate and confiscate the weapons of California’s vast numbers of people undergoing counseling who (however vaguely) “might” be even remotely considered a danger to themselves and/or others. (sarc) Of course California has the budget to do this, doesn’t it? (/sarc)

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    Well Doktor many people on the RIGHT would deny that he was WHITE because he like Obama is actually 1/2 white. Rodgers mother was Asian
    Racial lines are blurring in our nation, frightening for some on the rabid right.

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    Since this kid ran over people with a vehicle and stabbed others with a knife why didn’t the father rant and rave about getting cars and knives banned too? a curious mind wants to know. never mind I know the answer.

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    Wrong again, john. It’s called “Projection” and you really need to see a mental health professional, before you go off and Roger someone. It’s the Rabid Left that insists on drawing little boxes and separating people into them. The Right would actually prefer to make race and skin color irrelevant. As in, remove the “Race” check-boxes from all forms used for applications, whether for employment, scholarships, Census, bank loans, etc. Your sick, twisted side is the one absolutely, pathologically OBSESSED with this thing called “Race.”

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    @Nanny G

    Sigh. Of course there are “real genetic difference between the races.” and they are significant. All you need to do it LOOK at them to figure it out. Races are different species, just as various breeds of dogs are different species, and they can interbreed, too.

    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard all week, and that’s saying something. I am tired of ignorant folk who don’t have a clue.

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    Nanny G

    @Mike: Wow!
    100% you are wrong!
    Or, hopefully, you were being sarcastic.

    Generally, animals not the same species, but within the same genus, can interbreed – but they produce HYBRIDS.
    Hybrids like the pumapard (puma and leopard) and mule (horse and ass) are STERILE.
    Humans are ALL homo sapiens.
    Domestic dogs are ALL Canis lupus familiaris.
    Of course all humans can interbreed and have fertile offspring!
    They are all the same species!
    Same with dogs.
    Breeds of dogs, like ”races” of humans are simply geographic isolation, sometimes aided by intervention.
    Mongrel dogs are what happens when various dog breeds can mate freely.
    The photos of the celebrities above are what happens when humans are free instead of bound by geography or culture.

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    Ron H.

    To Dr John:
    My link was not about race but rather a refutation of the idea that “liberalism” is the reason he committed those murders. This isn’t the first time this website has tried to link mass shootings to liberalism.

    Your own words at the end of your post:

    “Rodger suffered from liberal spoiled shitless entitlement syndrome and frankly so does Barack Obama. Liberalism is itself a mental illness and liberals should not be able to own guns. Liberal privileged spoiled shitless entitlement syndrome is dangerous.”

    My link shows all of the mass shootings, violence, etc. committed by “Right Wingers”. My link made no reference to race. But in fairness to you I should have specified what I meant by your post being B. S. At least now you know exactly what I’m refuting.

    Ron H.

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