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    if a black man harms a white woman, it's a racial crime that the white male universe will view as an attack on "our women," but if a white man harms a white woman, she deserves it because he's her social superior, or she's his property, or she should be subservient and if she isn't, she provoked him. "Why" in this case is because of where black men fall on the social hierarchy as compared to white men.

    It is not so much about actual behavior as it is about who is allowed to do certain things.

    Statistically men are vastly more likely to commit violent crimes. A useful book on this topic for women is The Gift of Fear.

    Another aspect of cultural attitudes about violence is that it is glorified - white men are supposed to fight, be physically strong, crusade around - it's a glamor thing. So that's not portrayed as frightening, it's portrayed as tough, brave, and "protective." White male violence is, in a sense, viewed as a desirable and even necessary quality.

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