Washington Post: All Millennials Racist because Dylann Roof

It seems the actions of one lone killer means that we can condemn all Millennials and their children to sensitivity training.

I don’t like millennials as a group very much because I’m old and don’t like those kids “on my lawn”—taking over my planet and moving me off. Obviously the process has barely begun but I can see it happening. I also don’t like millennials for the way I perceive some of their flaws:

Obviously that is exaggerated. Perhaps it is unfair.

But now I have to defend millennials from the idea that someone like Dylann Roof proves “that the kids are not all right when it comes to racial equality.” This “reasoning” actually appeared in the Washington Post, not Salon or the Onion.

Most of the column goes on and on this way, using Dylann Roof’s killing spree as a data point from which to draw conclusion about millennials. So all it does is legitimize every racial bigotry that has ever been thought. If we can take the behavior of an individual and claim it demonstrates the character of a group, then it is completely fine to judge all black people according to what I see in black rappers or gangsters.

The only other argument we get is one block quote from another WaPo article:

When it comes to explicit prejudice against blacks, non-Hispanic white millennials are not much different than whites belonging to Generation X (born 1965-1980) or Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964). White millennials (using a definition of being born after 1980) express the least prejudice on 4 out of 5 measures in the survey, but only by a matter of 1 to 3 percentage points, not a meaningful difference. On work ethic, 31 percent of millennials rate blacks as lazier than whites, compared to 32 percent of Generation X whites and 35 percent of Baby Boomers.

OK, that’s disappointing but… that means that they want to go kill a bunch of black people while they attend Bible study?

The writer is basically telling us that if we don’t purge thought crimes from our kids that we are accessories to murder. Racial stereotypes are a problem but they are not that kind of problem!

Besides, if someone speaking with the authority of a pollster demands you express an opinion about races, isn’t that going to legitimize race stereotyping? I need to know more about how the study was conducted but it seems to me that rational people who know they have no right to extrapolate based on personal experience mediated through fallible memory would refuse to participate. So how accurate can these studies be?

While I don’t know the answer to that question I do know that, if you want to really make it less likely that there will be racial white on black violence, then you should do what needs to be done in all cases of violence: Publicly punish the criminal. That’s the best we can do.

Sadly, it probably won’t happen. There will be more profit to our ruling class to engage in a campaign against “widespread racism” and the Second Amendment.