Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- Apropos of a 22-year-old deranged student's slaughter of his male roommates, two coeds, and another male student, as well as leaving 13 injured and in the hospital, I have been doing my research. In the courses of which, I came across this quote on the front page of Tuesday's New York Times. A second-year student in global studies at the university where the crimes were committed said in the news story's second paragraph that, "If we don't talk misogyny now, when are we going to talk about it?" She went on in the next paragraph with similar profundities.

It put me in mind of another quote from the Times on Sunday in the op-ed section by columnist Charles M. Blow. He was commenting on the owner of the Dallas Mavericks' allegedly "bigoted" remark (though it seemed perfectly sensible to me) a few days before. Blow said the remark typified "the endlessly ached-for, perpetually stalled 'national conversation on race' that many believe is needed but neglected. ..."

Now I would say that these two "conversations" about misogyny and race have been going on for at least 40 years in America. They are not really conversations. They are always dominated by the feminists and by the opportunists on racial matters. They are monologues, and if someone enters a dissenting view, say, Phyllis Schlafly for the women or Clarence Thomas for the blacks, that person is denounced as a misogynist or an Uncle Tom.

An honest far-ranging discussion of such matters as misogyny or racial relations is inconceivable in the country at this time. Take the deranged 22-year-old whose atrocities were committed in idyllic Isla Vista, California, near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. In the first news reports, the issue of gun control was immediately trotted out. Though California has some of the strictest gun control laws on the books, and there are already some 300 million guns at large in the country. Mental health laws were trotted, though again California has plenty of mental health laws and mental health professionals. There does seem to have been some negligence on the part of the police, but this is debatable. Concern for an individual's privacy is forever cited by Americans on both the left and on the right.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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