Murder and killing have become an issue that is experienced on a daily routine. Among the various forms of murders include revenge, robbery, homicide, and occasional justifiable killings. Although it takes different forms of the cause, the common thing about all murders is that someone stands questionable of the issue (Tyner 1060). A person whose finger triggered the murder is worth to blame regardless of their situation. However, it has become a major issue in society whereby people accuse an innocent person of killing. Even if they face the exact killer, they would look for another person to blame. This has made it challenging for courts to identify the criminals. Besides, it has contributed to the rising of various forms of murder crimes like driven killings, owning people in death, mass killing and hate crimes. Gloria Steinem mentions in her article “Supremacy Crimes” that the public is the ones to blame. Reflecting on Gloria’s essay, this discussion aims to explore the role of dominance in mass killing, hate crimes and other forms of supremacy crimes in the society.
Hate speech, violence and crimes is a stubborn and confounding problem facing the US population. Hate crime may refer to a criminal offense whose cause is triggered by prejudice on possible forms of disparity between the two parties (Tyner 1071). Different laws define that suspects for hate crimes should be persecuted and punished greatly. However, the laws have remained ineffective in addressing the issue of hate crimes. Gloria begins her article by exploring the various cases of killings among students and teachers. The modern murders are not persons from poor conditions of life, but the ones who can be quoted in the dominant groups of populations. Indeed, what forces most of the modern murders into the killing crimes is not the problems faced in their life experiences. Rather, it is the impossible expectations of dominance they are used to. Gloria states that the murders perceive their behaviors as “an appropriate, even manly, response to the frustrations and disappointments that are a normal part of life.” Thus, the issue of killing crimes is about causation rather than just blame.
Dominance plays a major role in hate crimes. While hate crimes result from biases on racial, gender and economic differences, the dominant groups stand to be blamed for the issue (Tyner 1068). Racial dominance is the main contributing factor for hate crimes, mass killing, and related issues in the United States. “We know that hate crimes, violent and otherwise, are overwhelmingly committed by white men who are straight,” states Gloria in paragraph 3. The whites are blamed for committing hate killings against the blacks with the notion that, “I’m superior because I can kill” (Paragraph 3). The hierarchy of racism supports the dominance of whites over blacks. The males are not only perceived as superior to females but also the main suspects for murder crimes. The homophobic society falsely elevates a single form of sexuality (Gloria Steinem). Besides, upholding possessions as a factor of superiority in a materialist society supports the prevalence of killing crimes.
In conclusion, dominance has been the major reason for the prevalence of supremacy crimes in modern society. The dominant group in the population gets involved in hate violence, killings and other murder crimes to mistreat the minority groups. However, due to their supremacy, the minority cannot blame them. That is the reason why Gloria concludes that the public is to be blamed for their negligence in fighting the crimes. The society values hierarchy and dominance more than the welfare of people. The whites remain to dominate the blacks, the rich devalue the poor and the male gender remains superior to the female gender. The society has not supported the state and federal laws in fighting against the murder crimes. The most effective way of curbing murder crimes is by addressing the issue of dominance and supremacy in society. It is by changing the view of superiority that we can curb the prevalence of supremacy crimes in society.
Steinem, Gloria. “Supremacy crimes.” Ms. Magazine. Accessed February 8 (1999): 2013.
Tyner, James A. “Hate-crimes as racial violence: a critique of the exceptional.” Social & Cultural Geography 17.8 (2016): 1060-1078.
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