Skip to comments.Christopher Dorner as a Rorschach Test for Racial and Political Attitudes
Posted on 02/11/2013 3:06:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Christopher Dorner is a canvas onto which we can project our national anxieties and obsessions. Christopher Dorner is racialized as an African American. He is gendered as a male. Christopher Dorner represents authority, conformity, and State power, as a (former) police officer. Those identities are intersectional.
For some, Christopher Dorner is a hero who dared to speak truth to power and run ramshackle over the LAPD and those he identified as his enemies. To them, Dorner has Eric Hobsbawns social banditry flowing in his veins.
For others, he is a criminal who went crazy and offered up a manifesto like those liberals have a habit of doing. As with Trayvon Martin, what you see may largely be a function of where you sit politically, ideologically, and racially. Ultimately, Dorner is the object who represents the intermixing of several long-standing American cultural and historical narratives; he is a nexus, a focal point for the birth of many memes.
Donner is the African-American, hulking, 270-pound former college football player who is armed and dangerous. He is the 21st century echo of the giant negroes who attacked innocent white people as heralded in sensationalistic American newspaper headlines in the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries.
Some others would like to argue that he is Bigger Thomas or Tarantinos reimagined Django.
I would suggest that Donner has little if anything in common with the former, Richard Wrights iconic character, except for being black and male.
Jamie Foxxs Django is more compelling. However, while the allusion is pithy and timely, Dorner is not fighting the white slaveocracy, living out a fairy tale slavery counter-factual, and willing to die (and kill) for the love of a good woman. Dorner and Django are both forces of vengeance; however, their goals are not the same...
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Whoever wrote the article spent way too much time in gender studies class. Something about an open mind and the chance your brain will fall out.
Someone on another thread suggested that he was the first American to get hit with a drone attack on American soil. You think he torched his own truck and disappeared?
So he's intersectional and has been gendered?
A) Sounds painful.
B) Could explain a lot.
It’s a real life example of what a Henry Bowman could do.
“Christopher Dorner is a canvas onto which we can project our national anxieties and obsessions. Christopher Dorner is racialized as an African American. He is gendered as a male. Christopher Dorner represents authority, conformity, and State power, as a (former) police officer. Those identities are intersectional.”
Too much effort trying to sound intellectual.
It's not really a racial thing, is it?
I guess if you've spent a lot of time with race and gender studies Dorner can look like a treasure trove of archetypes, but all that is extraneous stuff you bring to it.
oh goody yet another stupid and irresponsible rumor from the tin foil hat crowd
I heard and read a lot of the same idiotic rationalizing from the usual leftist nutjobs back in the seventies. “Power to the people... kill whitey...tear down the system.” To be replaced with what? Marxist murderers, that’s what. This jerk murders three people, but that’s all right because somebody didn’t like him. (Undoubtably, for good reasons.) So he gets to kill them. Let’s not judge the poor fellow too harshly. Sorry, typical leftist bovine fecal matter.
Now those Bozos want to use drones...
Did you check out his victims? http://www.google.com/search?q=Monica+Quan+and+Keith+Lawrence&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=p4EZUff6OIW2qQG9soHgDA&ved=0CD8QsAQ&biw=925&bih=45 ~ rather multi-racial Fur Shur ~ the cop was a white dude.
Actually, the people he killed were asian and hispanic
And like the George Zimmerman case, we don’t want to let the facts get in the way of a good story. Maybe if the media would just report the facts and quit speculating this wouldn’t be one of those ‘make it what you want it to be’ stories.
He’s a fruitcake.
I suspect there is a lot more to Mr. Dorner than meets the eye. Ponder these things:
1) Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles would be typical for a leftist-liberal. However, for college he went to Southern Utah University, nicknamed “Brigham Young University South”, a mostly Mormon, ultra-conservative college, where students sign a no-alcohol pledge and prayer is mandatory.
For a leftist-liberal, this would be hell itself, but he did quite well, earning a degree in *political science*, with a minor in *psychology*. Both subjects worthy of note.
2) In the US Navy Reserves he became a Lieutenant (O-3), equivalent to an Army Captain. It also means his job performance was good enough to be promoted twice, and to voluntarily stay on for 11 years, even though he could have left after 4.
3) In the US Navy Reserves his two primary assignments was harbor and port underwater security, and riverine (patrol boat) operations. Though stationed in Bahrain, both of these jobs can involve combat, maybe a lot of combat.
Dorner is the recipient of the following military citations:
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
4) Getting employed by the ultra liberal, politically correct and thoroughly corrupt LAPD must have been a shock. He had disciplinary problems of a type you would expect from somebody with a very rigorous moral background.
5) His “manifesto” is very questionable. This is where the political science and psychology come into play. He would have known exactly what would happen when this got out.
The LAPD was thoroughly corrupt long before it was ultra-liberal or politically correct (assuming it's those things now).
Some of his complaints are those young cops would have had with the old, anything but liberal LAPD.
He had disciplinary problems of a type you would expect from somebody with a very rigorous moral background.
There is some of that, but he also complains a lot about racism.
Crazy people can't always be pidgeonholed politically or ideologically. They can be all over the ordinary ideological map or completely off it.
Dorner is more political than the other shooters we've heard about recently, but his problems (so far as I can tell) go deeper than politics or ideology.
FWIW - Southern Utah U seems to have been an unpleasant experience for him - he didn’t like being one of the few blacks there and he developed a strong antipathy for Mormons.
Maybe that is why he ended up so pro-gay? Because of the Mormons and Prop 18, enemy of my enemy and all that?
He’s a smart enough guy - he should have known what he was getting into. He didn’t like being one of the few blacks in his elementary school either.
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