Are Most Mass Murderers Really White?

Selwyn Duke, American Thinker, June 10, 2014

Aside from attacks on the Second Amendment, there is a certain theme that’s now repeated after every massacre committed by an unhinged individual: that most all mass killers are white. After the recent Elliot Rodger murders, for instance, Michael Moore said that he no longer had “anything to say” before immediately saying, “Nearly all of our mass shootings are by angry or disturbed white males.” Not to be one-upped in the inanity department by a mass of male whiteness, one Brittney Cooper at Salon wrote, “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?” Ironically, Cooper had mentioned, parenthetically, that “as many commenters have pointed out, [Rodger] had a white father and mother of Asian descent,” but, hey, you can’t let a minor detail get in the way of a good racial screed. And perhaps mass killing is such a Caucasian domain that perpetrating one bestows a person with honorary whiteness. Yet about this we should ask a question:

Before rushing to play pin the tale on the honkey, did anyone bother to check the history of mass killings?

Because I have–a comprehensive list dating from 1982 through 9/16/2013 is found at Mother Jones here–and guess what?

Of the last 20 mass killings of that period, 9 were perpetrated by non-whites.

That would be 45 percent, which exceeds non-whites’ 37 percent share of the population.

Of the last 30 mass killings, 11 were committed by non-whites–right at the 37 percent mark.

And what if we go all the way back to 1982? We then have 66 mass killings in which the races of the perpetrators were known, and 22 of them, or one-third, were at the hands of non-whites. Note here that America’s demographics have been changing, with non-whites comprising only about 20 percent of the population in 1982; thus, if we consider an approximate average non-white population of 28.5 percent during the 31-year period in question, it appears that, again, mass murderers are slightly disproportionately non-white.

In other words, there is no evidence whatsoever that mass killings are a characteristically white phenomenon.

And there never was.

In fact, the group most disproportionately represented on the Mother Jones chart is Americans of Asian descent. While only 6 percent of the population, they have been 15 percent of the 31-year period’s last 20 mass killers, 13 percent of the last 30, and 9 percent of the last 66. This is quite interesting, too, since Americans of Asian descent have a very low crime rate in general.

So in light of this, why are whites implicated in mass killings? The answer is one word:


Note that prejudice is defined as, “1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” Claiming that a group commits a disproportionate amount of crime when, if anything, the truth is the opposite, is the epitome of forming beliefs without knowledge, thought, or reason. It’s seizing upon a fashionable falsehood for the purposes of maligning an unfashionable group and advancing a fallacious agenda.

The truth is that if we don’t want to be “cowards” on race, as Eric “the Red” Holder said Americans were, we do need to speak frankly about criminality in the US. But does this involve talking about “troubled young white men” who “make public space unsafe for everyone,” as Brittney Cooper suggested? Perhaps she might want to consult with Jesse Jackson, who once said that when he walked down the street, heard footsteps and thought robbery, he’d “feel relieved” if he turned around and saw a white person behind him. So, really, if we were cynical, we could think that the Coopers of the world were trying to deflect attention from black criminality by trumpeting the white-mass-killer myth.

Then again, this all could just be the result of the new Common Core math. Take Elliot Rodger, for instance. He killed half his victims with a knife, but the whole focus was on guns. (And he’s widely referred to as a “shooter.” I think he was a slasher.) He was half Asian, but the whole focus was on whites. You could also call it situational attribution: a mixed race person is defined by his minority half when he achieves, as with our first “black” president. But when such an individual is recognized as having committed a crime, he’s suddenly white. This can only make us wonder how long it will be before Barack Obama becomes white.

Anyway, the left may be upset that another one of their themes, the white-mass-killer myth, has bitten the dust. But all is not lost. In the area of massacres as in so many other things, they can always celebrate diversity.

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  • Alexandra1973

    “Pin the tale on the honkey” LOL I have to remember that one!

    • Usually Much Calmer

      I know, right?

      Added to my vocabulary, to be put in circulation starting. . . today.

  • JSS

    Whites in reality are most likely to be commuting racial mass suicide.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I just encountered two elderly White females who believe Obama is “brilliant”. They tried to shut me down from commenting about him. I got my shot in. I called him ‘incompetent’.

  • JackKrak

    Let’s just say for a moment that the “whitey-as-mass-murderer” thing is true. I don’t think it is, but just play along.

    It begs the question of how a handful of incidents is enough to form a pattern in the diseased liberal mind but a non-stop daily feed of never ending black criminality never registers.

    Please explain, Michael Moore and fellow travelers, and show your work.

    • APaige

      The FBI considers a ‘mass murder’ to be a single incident where four people, excluding the killer, are murdered. Mother Jones, a self-admitted liberal/progressive outlet compiled the list. The data, for ‘some reason’, purposely excludes mass murders committed by gangs and those where robbery was a motive or outcome. If those were included Blacks/Browns percentage would greatly increase.

    • Jack, I think your comment wins it for the best comment of the day! Leftists see a “pattern” when whites commit mass murder, but somehow never make the connection when blacks kill each other off in the thousands each year!

      • Ella

        Many minorities don’t want Whitey in their no-go neighbourhoods. A handful of black serial killers just go “unnoticed” for many months or years as residents don’t cooperate with the police or stubbornly safe harbour their ethno-killers.

      • blanjm5

        But thank God they do. Can you imagine how much MORE prevalent crime would be if they didn’t?

  • ncpride

    So in light of this, why are whites implicated in mass killings?

    That’s an easy one. Just like everything else, the media focus intently only on any White wrongdoing, and totally ignore black violence and dysfunction, so many are totally clueless. I’ve put many a liberal in their place when trying to demonize Whites as the worst serial killers, when in fact, there have been just as many, if not more, black serial killers. Of course they had never heard of these black killers, and there is a reason for that.

    • JSS

      I don’t have the numbers on hand but when controlled per population percantage the average black is way more likely to be a serial killer. Of course he is also more likely to be a crack dealer, flash mobber, rapist, casual murderer, cannibal, corrupt president or politican who used to be one of aforementioned etc.

    • freddy_hills

      The Radford Serial Killer database is the most complete database of serial killers in the US. If you google “Serial Killer Statistics – Dr. Mike Aamodt – Radford University” you’ll find his pdf. On page 3 there is a table of U.S. Serial Killers Percentage by Race and Decade. In the 80’s there were more white than black. In the 90’s there were more black than white. And for the last 25 years there have been nearly twice as many black serial killers as white. This in spite of whites outnumbering blacks by more than 5 to 1. This means blacks are 10X more likely to be serial killers. Regardless, if you’ll go back to previous decades you’ll see that blacks (not whites) have always been the ones to disproportionately serial kill for their percentage of the population at the time.

  • freddy_hills

    You’ll notice that anti-whites will try to play numbers games by confusing rates with absolute numbers. They’ll claim whites are more likely to commit a particular crime. When, in fact, whites are actually much less likely to commit that crime. They’ll claim this by pointing out that more whites commit that crime. Well, of course more whites commit certain crimes in a country that’s majority white. The same way most crimes in China, Saudi Arabia and Uganda are committed by Chinese, Saudi Arabians and Ugandans. You have to compare the percentage of crime committed by a group to it’s percentage of the population to determine which group is more likely. Whites are much less likely to commit nearly every crime.

    • Mary

      They employ similar logic regarding Whites and welfare usage.

      • Sick of it

        They use faulty data based upon self-reporting to determine race as well. Many people in Brazil call themselves white and none of us would think they are white.

        • freddy_hills

          That’s true. I’ve met mixed Brazilians who said they were white. One guy called me a racist for saying he wasn’t white. LOL

          • Sick of it

            Wow, how do you even respond to that?

      • Dave West

        I can swear I cam across a chart once showing black means tested welfare usage being slightly higher than whites in terms of raw numbers. The usage of each race (black and white) was pretty even around 37 – 38 % of the total, I think Hispanics were a little over 20 %.

    • Diana Moon Glampers

      Crimes whites are more likely to commit:
      Insider trading
      Filling strangers parking meters

      • benvad

        Whites for insider trading? Better rethink that one, just a little.

        • Diana Moon Glampers

          Ha… good point.

          • benvad

            Filling strangers parking meters, only one time did I see a non white do that. There’s a nice black man in Bermuda who waves to passing cars on the street. I saw him do this and he’s the only colored I ever see do this.

            There are always exceptions to the rules, but generalizations are the mother of truth.

        • Diana Moon Glampers

          Ha… good point.

      • Katherine McChesney

        White collar crime.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Brittney Cooper at Salon

    A quick search on this fool reveals the following:

    She is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies and is part of “the next generation of black intellectuals.”

    Research Interests: Black Women’s Intellectual History, Black Feminist Thought, Hip Hop Feminisms, Hip Hop Studies, Race and Gender Representation in Popular Culture, Digital Feminisms, and New Media.

    Here’s Dr. Cooper:

    • Katherine McChesney

      DOCTOR? *eyeroll*

      Probably a worthless degree from some HBCU. Like Tennessee State Univ.

      • [Guest]

        Bingo! Howard University in Washington, D.C.

    • Never skips a meal and cleans her plate, does she.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Cleans the plate? She probably eats it .

        • r j p

          They can make styrofoamy plates out of cornstarch now.

          • Whitetrashgang

            See now this is going to cause many problems in the black community.A lot of violence but also comedy. Which of course will be blamed on WT.

          • r j p

            Nah, no problems, they will still throw them in the yard.

        • bilderbuster

          And bites the hand that feeds her too.

      • [Guest]

        A massive intake of calories is necessary to maintain such a prodigious intellect.

        • Whitetrashgang

          Yes I have noticed that a black womans IQ goes up 2 points with every 100 lbs.

          • [Guest]

            Experience told me that the supposed average IQ of 85 was too high. Your formula explains the discrepancy.

          • bilderbuster

            It doubles?

      • Ron Cheaters

        Eats like a lumberjack.
        Only doing make-believe work.

    • IstvanIN

      Gosh, she be paid real good!

      • Magician

        She must have solved all problems in her life, and overcome all the obstacles, by using the race card

        • Except one. She wasn’t able to overcome her eating addiction. But what does it matter? After all, she’s bringing such insight and wisdom to all her students.

          • bilderbuster

            She brings a lot of insight to the table.

          • Magician

            “Except one. She wasn’t able to overcome her eating addiction. But what does it matter? After all, she’s bringing such insight and wisdom to all her students.”

            There were some news articles that appeared here on AmRen stating that the high obesity rate among African American men and women was caused by racism.

          • Yeah, I’m not surprised by that in the least.

      • [Guest]

        She’s high maintenance.

        • r j p

          High caloric maintenance.

          • [Guest]

            Sunflower seeds are brain food, but they’re high calorie.

            She eats them by the dump-truck load to maintain her mental fitness.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Junque food.

        • Magician

          “She’s high maintenance”……

          who must be kept happy and satisfied by constantly consuming sweet treats 😉

      • bilderbuster

        Looky datass!
        It be as fat as her government paycheck!

    • freddy_hills

      That’s a lot of woman.

      • Black Swan

        I defy you to prove that is a woman.

    • LHathaway

      I didn’t know DB Cooper had a wife. . .

      • bilderbuster

        Now, now…

    • jabba the hut

      • r j p

        jabba da butt

    • r j p

      Her website deserves a laugh:


      A native of Ruston, Louisiana, Dr. Cooper considers herself a small-town Southern girl at heart, which explains her affinity for soul food, crunk music, and warm weather.

      Just small town girl, living in a lonely dorm, she took midnight pizza to LaQuanda’s room, goin down on two types of pie.

      • [Guest]

        I haven’t visited Dr. Cooper’s website. I have, however, just looked up “crunk music” on Wikipedia and learned that a scholarly young gentleman named Lil Jon, whose photo appears in the entry, has disambiguated the term.

        Something about him tells me that Lil Jon doesn’t do a whole lot of disambiguation, although it is possible that he has at least one offspring by that name.

    • MekongDelta69

      Gives a whole new meaning to Ph.D..

      She is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies and is part of “the next generation of black intellectuals.”

      I didn’t realize there was a first generation of black ‘intellectuals’ [sic].
      I really have to catch up on these goings-on.

      Research Interests: Black Women’s Intellectual History, Black Feminist Thought, Hip Hop Feminisms, Hip Hop Studies, Race and Gender Representation in Popular Culture, Digital Feminisms, and New Media.

      Black Women’s Intellectual History – One hour of ‘study’ at most.

      Black Feminist Thought – Ten minutes of ‘study’ at most.

      Hip Hop Feminisms – Three minutes of ‘study’ at most.

      Hip Hop Studies – All nighter at The Club.

      Race and Gender Representation in Popular Culture – All nighter at the crack house.

      Digital Feminisms – One hour of ‘studying’ trying to figure out what that even means.

      New Media – What substitutes for that ‘old-fashioned’ ‘Old Media’ – you know – where you actually had to learn to read and write and comprehend.
      Therefore – Zero minutes.

      Voila – I give you “Doctor[ed]” Cooper.

      • [Guest]

        I was wondering about that “next generation of black intellectuals” claim myself. I thought that Towson University’s scholarly debate duo of Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson—remember them?—were the next generation.

        Then again, to some people every 12 to 15 years constitutes a generation.

    • bilderbuster

      Her introduction said it all but I still couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the “Here’s Dr. Cooper” and the photo that fit her resume perfectly.
      It’s even funnier when you remind yourself that she posed for the photo.

      • [Guest]

        When I first saw the picture, I thought it odd that she wasn’t attempting to look like a scholarly professor of higher education.

        Then it dawned on me that she IS attempting to look that way.

    • WR_the_realist

      Hip Hop Feminisms? Now there’s a vacuous subject. It must take all of 0 seconds to familiarize oneself with the literature.

      • Black Swan

        Aren’t you glad your tax dollars are going to support such things and that universities are passing along this vital information to the next generation?

    • Mike

      Facially she looks very similar to Michelle Obama minus all the weight

    • benvad

      Hideous creature.

    • benvad

      Then they ridicule Thomas Sowell for actually being a scholar who studied under Milton Friedman. The label him an Uncle Tom and that’s where the debate ends.

    • Ella

      And Whites are greedy looking at her size? She’ll take a hand off if you take her chips.

  • dd121

    What about the black guy who shot 6(?) people dead at a naval base a few months ago? When it came out that he was motivated by racial hatred he was out of the news in 24 hours. Haven’t heard about it since. He didn’t fit the Narrative.

  • The leftist mainstream media, including Fox, are lying and dying. They’re dying because they’re lying. The MSM exist only because it’s subsidized through the tax code by the government to push the government agenda. Those subsidies also come in through a variety of other sources, such as Soros, Gates, et. al. With subsidies the lies can continue, but with the Internet the truth is winning out as the lies become more and more blatant and easily disprovable.

  • Bossman

    How about pointing out that mass killings is uniquely an American phenomenon. You don’t hear much about Germans or Frenchmen or Englishmen going out and shooting people at random. Perhaps with these Americans, it is a sexual problem. If Europeans and Latin Americans do not step out and shoot people at random, maybe it is because it is easier to get laid in those foreign places.

  • Magician

    Mass shooting – Asian men
    Individual shooting – Black men
    Mass bombing – Muslim men

    • bilderbuster

      During the 1970’s the Jewish Defense League led the US in bombing.

      • WR_the_realist

        Even our good buddies at the $PLC list the JDL as a hate group. The $PLC does list a couple of black hate groups too. But please note the double standard: To be listed as a black, Hispanic, or Jewish hate group, you must actually advocate or carry out violence. Merely organizing for the interest of your own kind is acceptable, including lobbying for more immigration of your own race or ethnic group, lobbying for quotas and set asides that benefit your ethnic group, and sometimes saying something unkind about people not in your ethnic group. But if a group ever hints at caring about whites as a group, it gets labeled a hate group. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (real immigration reform, i.e., reducing it) got listed as a hate group simply because one of its chief funders said that whites should wake up. Now a black organization that has one of its top people say something similar would certainly not get listed as a hate group.

        I note that the self described Chicano Nationalist group called the Brown Berets is not listed as a hate group. Its web site openly calls for the creation of Atzlan, even while the $PLC insists that “Atzlan” is a boogey man concept created by anti-immigration right wing extremists.

        • Pat Kittle

          The SPLC is a Zionist hate group — its target is white gentiles.

          To disguise its agenda it had to list the JDL as a hate group.

    • WR_the_realist

      Actually there have been quite a few mass shootings by white men. Just no more than their percentage of the population.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The government, media and lefty loudmouths tell us endlessly that White people have cornered the market on serial and spree killings

    The stats tell another story…

    We are barraged by constant reminders and documentaries about Charles Manson, the Boston Strangler or the Zodiac killer, but how many have ever heard about the Zebra killings of the 1970s?” — carried out by black Muslims called “Death Angels” who specifically targeted Whites, including, women and little children

    At least 71 were killed with possible killings upwards of 200.

    How about Colin Ferguson, Charles “Cookie” Thornton. the Beltway Snipers or Wayne Williams? All flushed down the memory hole!

    If black Chief ‘moose’ hadn’t put out the word that the Beltway Sniper was a “deranged right-wing White male working alone, Malvo and Mohammed would have been caught a lot sooner and fewer people needlessly murdered. Even eyewitnesses reported a pair of black males fleeing the scene. It turns out the cops had stopped Malvo and Mohammed THREE TIMES, but they didn’t fit the police’s profile of a “deranged single white man in a white van.

    2: African Americans and Serial Killing in the Media

    The Myth and the Reality

    Anthony Walsh

    Boise State University

    There were many expressions of shock and surprise voiced in the media in 2002 when the ‘D.C. Sniper’ turned out to be two Black males. Two of the stereotypes surrounding serial killers are that they are almost always White males and that African American males are barely represented in their ranks. In a sample of 413 serial killers operating in the United States from 1945 to mid-2004, it was found that 90 were African American. Relative to the African American proportion of the population across that time period, African Americans were overrepresented in the ranks of serial killers by a factor of about 2. Possible reasons why so few African American serial killers are known to the public are explored.

    Where’s the outrage?

    • r j p

      Zebra: The True Account of the 179 Days of Terror in San Francisco; Howard, Clark

      Read the book people. It’s a free download.

      • Hallie Eva

        “Zebra” is excellent. Highly recommend, though it is heavy sledding because the murders are so gruesome.
        The more gruesome, especially if torture and prolonged suffering inflected, the higher the killer was held in regard.
        Repugnant as well, was the scoring system predicated on whom one killed. More points for White children, women, less for men.
        Down the memory hole this went.

        • r j p

          Even though I gave the link and recommend reading it, it is a sickening read.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Got it on my hard drive.

        It’s the best, and only thorough account, AFAIK, of the Zebra killings.

        This story is completely unknown in Southern California, even as it was happening, yet we are still flooded with the Charles Manson case.

        And yes, it should be read by every White, as an example, if anything, of WHAT the media cover up when it comes to black-on-White atrocities.

        • r j p

          Zebra is sick. Gonna get me a white devil. A points system for kills. It was Muslim based and most likely Nation of Islam (Louis Farrakhan/Chicago) supported.

  • JohnEngelman

    According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics from 1976 to 2005 the black murder rate has fluctuated from 6.3 to 9.5 times the white murder rate.

    Whites and Asians seem to be more likely to engage in weird psycho killing. This may be because they are under more pressure to be successful in life. Nevertheless, black murderers are the ones who fill the morgues.

    • LHathaway

      It might have been more correct to say ‘black murder victims’.

      • JohnEngelman

        The black murderers fill the morgues with black murder victims.

  • RHG

    The leftwing kooks have so much invested in trying to prove “white male privilege” exists that anything a white guys does criminally is put out as evidence. It’s like how they use one hurricane to prove the existence of “global warming”. It’s also funny to watch them tie themselves in knots to turn a mixed race guy into a “white guy” when they do something bad, but when they achieve something like winning the White House they become “black” no questions asked or allowed.

  • IKUredux

    I really don’t know how to phrase this. Depending on the target, perhaps more White mass murderers might be in order.

  • bilderbuster

    They do know.

  • Ted Cunterblast

    Good list.

    • freddy_hills

      Elliot’s mother was Malaysian-born Chinese. His paternal grandparents were the famous Scottish photographer George Rodger and Lois ‘Jinx’ Rodger (née Witherspoon) who was daughter of missionaries. He was a “hapa”. Just not Jewish.

  • Brian

    There’s also the fact that ‘mass killing’ deaths are greatly outnumbered by the one- and two-at-a-time kinds.

  • Funruffian

    White liberals are douchebags. No one likes an A$$ kisser. Not even the one whose A$$ is being kissed. There have been many times I was ashamed by people of my own race and it is predominantly due to when they strip their power, self-esteem and self-respect only to acquiesce to non-Whites.

  • Ella

    Drive by shootings don’t make the list for mass murders.

    • ncpride

      Exactly. I believe it was 2012 when over 500 shootings were reported in Chicago alone, and we all know 99.9% of them were by blacks, yet they have the gall to accuse White males as being mass murderers? They do this on purpose of course to keep the narrative going that Whites are evil. What a joke they are.

      • Pat Kittle

        “They” are those who own/control the media — and “they” are not black.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    the other false stereotype the left/blaks like to throw in YT’s face is pedophilia/child molestation/rape. It is a sure bet that blaks/mexicans commit a disproportionate percentage of these crimes too. I remember looking threw some crime database and the only crime where whites exceeded blaks/mexicans was bookmaking. not surprising, since bookmakers must have some integrity and reliability in order to operate.

    • jane johnson

      Not to mention math skills

  • Bill E. BOBB

    I heard an interesting stat today on the radio, they were talking about the latest shooting. For the year 2011. the host brought up the CDC numbers on gun violence. according to the CDC there were 32,000 deaths by gun, 20,000 of those were suicides, about 11,000 were murders committed by gangs, and 1100 were non-gang connected murders. draw your own conclusions

  • They only recognize per capita when it supports their ideology. Otherwise, they ignore it.

  • dewdly

    They can make false flag “perpetrators” and their “victims” any color they want..

  • Reverend Bacon

    I think it’s even worse than the author says. Many of the would-be mass shootings aren’t listed, such as the Clackamas Mall shooting where Jacob Roberts was interrupted by Nick Meli, a CCW holder who forgot to read the “gun free zone” sign. Roberts was some sort of minority, as was Darion Marcus Aguilar, who shot up a mall in the DC area. Aguilar may have been just lacking in ambition, because he stopped at 2 before offing himself.

    In other words, laziness and incompetence tends to keep blacks and others off the mass kill lists, while bellicosity and lack of future-time orientation tend to put them on the mass shooter lists. And of course, there are quasi-criminal-related shootings, like that done by Tabari Young and Brad Jett, two blacks who shot at 13 people but failed to kill any of them. And what do you do about Christopher Dorner, also left off the list? He killed 4 in a short period of time, and tried to kill several more.

    So, if we focus on those with intent, rather than intent plus competence, the list looks like most other crime reports– a dramatic over-representation of non-whites.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Question: What does ‘Peejay in Frisco’ mean?

    Just ‘axing’.

  • Rodney S

    The author of this article, Selwyn Duke, pulled his stats from a Mother Jones article. As everybody knows, Mother Jones magazine is a far-left, anti-white publication that has no problem with omission of facts. For example, the arbitrary cut-off date for mass murders is 1982, which conveniently omits black mass killers Wayne Williams and the Zebra Killers. Also, there’s no mention of Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez, the Satan worshipping Latino who murdered 13 people in L.A. around 1985 or Efren “Angel of Death” Saldivar who euthanized 40 – 50 elderly patients in a nursing home between 1989 and 1997. While well intended, this American Thinker piece doesn’t even begin to tell the real story about the true per capita numbers of non-white mass murderers in the USA over the last 50 years. Murderpedia is a much better source of info.

  • Pat Kittle

    “Zimmerman” is a Jewish name — we never ever heard about that, either.