So this summer I am taking a course on Youth Culture in the U.S. Within the course we are investigating the notion of youth culture and how society defines our youth. Just a couple days ago, the shooting on UC Santa Barbara’s campus happened by Elliot Rodger, a troubled mixed race youth. I am posting the link of his manifesto here not to laude it in any way, but to try to understand how a young person can be so reflective about the scope of his short life. A few items jump out at me as I read it. First, the privilege this young man had. Second, the troubles he had that were associated with “socializing” and “being accepted.” Third, how divorce, video games, and sex helped construct his identity.
A few questions I hope to continue investigating: How did his interpretation of his mixed race influence his unpositive concept of “self?” Did this young man have any inkling of self hate for his Asian side? Does school and education play a role in the socializing of our youth?