Matthew Heimbach, that eminent Towson University sociologist and criminologist, is quite the cheeky fellow.
Not too long ago Heimbach started a White Student Union chapter on the college campus. Heimbach apparently felt that Towson’s white students are so oppressed, marginalized and discriminated against that a WSU is necessary. That, dear readers, takes cheek.
In late March, Heimbach managed to top himself in the chutzpah department. White Student Union members at Towson, Heimbach declared, would form campus patrols to stem a crime wave perpetrated by black males.
It’s certainly Heimbach’s right to feel as paranoid as he wants about any racial or ethnic group when it comes to violent crime. But has the guy been watching the news lately?
Let’s all refresh Mr. Heimbach’s memory, shall we?
Newtown, Conn., Sandy Hook
Midland, City, Ala.
Glenn Rose, Texas
Oak Creek, Wisc.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
There are names associated with all these places, so let’s jump start Heimbach’s memory with those as well.
Jimmy Lee Dykes
Eddie Ray Routh
Wade Michael Page
For the past couple of years, Heimbach has apparently been quaking in his boots at the thought of black guys and crime, so much so that he can’t remember any of these names. So let’s clue Heimbach in on what these guys were accused of.
Holmes: charged in the shooting deaths of 12 people and the wounding of 58 others in a theater complex last summer.
Lanza: the mastermind behind the Newtown massacre, which left 20 school children dead. Lanza also gunned down six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Before he went on his shooting spree, Lanza fatally shot his mother, Nancy Lanza. Twenty-seven bodies too late, Adam Lanza finally took his own life.
Dykes: fatally shot a school bus driver and kidnapped a 6-year-old boy. Dykes held the boy for at least a week before a SWAT team finally took him out.
Routh: fatally shot two veterans at a shooting range.
Page: went on a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple that left six dead and four wounded.
Ebel: allegedly a member of the white supremacist prison gang called the 211 Crew, Ebel is suspected of fatally shooting Tom Clements, the director of Colorado’s department of corrections, at his home. Ebel is also suspected of fatally shooting pizza delivery guy Nathan Leon in Denver this past March 18.
Loughner: killed six and wounded 13, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in January of 2011.
Heimbach has claimed that one of the reasons he started the White Student Union was to promote “white pride.” Since all the guys named are white, I have to wonder if Heimbach is beaming with pride.
At least two of the white guys – Ebel and Page – were suspected of having links with white supremacist groups, the original white pride guys. If Heimbach can get over his feelings of victimization and persecution, he’d realize just why it is that people are alarmed when someone starts a group based on “white pride.”
“White pride” has led to some very dead bodies, many of them white.
If Heimbach wants us all to have a discussion about crime and race, then we should oblige him. But let’s make our starting point the question I’ve been asking for years.
Repeat: I’ve been asking this FOR YEARS. Not since Aurora. Not since Newtown. I mean, literally, for years.
In the overwhelming majority of these cases that involve mass shootings, the perpetrator is a white guy. On occasion you might get an Asian guy or a Latino guy. There have even been a few black mass shooters.
Colin Ferguson, who shot up a Long Island Railroad train 20 years ago, is black. And let’s not forget what race John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo belonged to.
But, as a rule, most mass shooters have been white. And almost all have been male. So many, in fact, that I can’t remember the name of a female mass shooter.
If Heimbach knows anything, he knows this: he and other white students at Towson have more to fear from some white guy gone nut job than those black guys described in the crime reports Heimbach relishes reading.