But if people want to talk about the link between demographic identity markers and violent crime — especially murders like this one — than they shouldn’t focus on ethnic identity or immigration status. There is one trait that Rivera has in common with the vast majority of people who commit crimes like this, and it’s not his skin color or the nation where he was born. It’s his gender.
The same conservatives who want to paint all Latino immigrants as dangerous because of this crime will no doubt cry that I’m a “man-hater” for pointing this out, but facts are facts. Maleness is far more strongly correlated with murder (and other violent crimes) than immigration status. Moreover, there are actual, well-researched reasons why this is so — and solutions that could change it. So instead of exploiting this situation to shore up a narrative about immigrants, people should be talking about how to change our social conceptions of gender so that men don’t resort to violence.
If gender, and conceptions of it, are merely a social construct then this might work. But if there’s something innate about gender – Ooooh, chromosomes, hormones even – then it might well not, eh?
It’s one of those blank spots in the standard lefty thought box isn’t it? Who we sexually desire is hard wired but a bit of social construction will alter all other differences in sex behaviour.