America’s ‘angry young men’ problem




We’re on the doc as wanting federal movement on weapons inside the wake of El Paso and Dayton, and positively sooner than that. But that’s hardly the one issue Americans need to think about inside the wake of these latest horrors.

In particular, it’s worth wanting once more at our colleague Maureen Callahan’s column days after the Gilroy Garlic Festival killings, “Why Are Young Men So Angry?”

Not every mass-shooting perp matches the profile, nonetheless most do: As Callahan put it, “young men, almost always white, who report feeling alienated, dispossessed, misunderstood, victimized and all too often rejected by women” and actually really feel “a specific strain of anger — deep, repressed, biblically vengeful.” Why?

Is she well-known in a follow-up column, readers answered in droves. Men and some girls lamented “a decades-long erosion — in education, in popular culture, in the family and the workplace and society at large — in the way we now raise and regard boys and young men.”

It’s a practice that defines boys’ pure rambunctiousness as sickness and medicates it with Adderall, that provides few really constructive operate fashions — with TV, as one creator put it, painting most “men, both black and white,” as “bumbling and not-too-bright.”

A therapist experiences: “Countless clients have told me, for example, that they believe all men cheat on their wives because their fathers cheated. That men lie. Are not loyal, etc. Our current culture offers little aid.”

Instead, many complain, it targets “toxic masculinity” — as if masculinity has been a drive to be suppressed barely than nurtured into an accurate manliness.

Of course, solely a handful of boys dealing with this toxic brew flip shooter. But the problem actually moreover has one factor to do with the opioid epidemic and the unprecedented decline in lower-class white-male life expectancy.

Most very important, no person — really not Callahan nor any of her correspondents — remotely thinks that any of this justifies or excuses any violence. It’s only one piece of a puzzle that moreover consists of missed warning indicators and mental-health questions.

Nor is it any suggestion that America returns to some 1950s interval of white-male hegemony. Rather: Callahan’s question, and discovering the proper options to it, are very important to take the nation to a better future.




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