On Thursday, Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton, Eddie Glaude, appeared on MSNBC to discuss the Florida shooting.
During the segment, Glaude called out the alleged "toxic masculinity at the heart" of America’s "gun culture."
Part of when we begin to kind of interrogate what's driving this, what's blocking the conversation, and what's driving our ongoing obsession with guns, it has something to do with the complicity of politicians, right?
... It has something to do with the cowardice of everyday, ordinary folk. But it also has something to do with culture...and this is the point that we really have to think about. There's a kind of toxic masculinity at the heart of this gun – this gun culture, rooted in a myth about who we take ourselves to be. Americans – rugged individualism. The government is not going to protect you; we can protect ourselves, right?
And there's a way in which this AR-15 is actually the weapon of the Minuteman, right? There's this whole myth around [it]. So we have to begin to imagine ourselves differently. I think we need a revolution of value in this country – a moral revolution where we begin to change what we care about, what we demand of ourselves, what we take to be actually valuable.