In this country, terrorism is seen as something done by brown people. However, let’s look at its definition:
“the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”
Where, in this definition, is the color brown or the word Muslim? When someone goes into a church and kills 9 people because they are black and he wants to start a race war, what do you call it? When someone drives from Baltimore to New York for the purposes of killing black men because killing there would get him the most media attention, what do you call it? When a known white supremacist kills two people for intervening on behalf of two Muslim women, what do you call it? When a man plots and actively attempts to recruit others to commit mass murder on a Muslim town in upstate New York, what do you call it?
I call it all terrorism.
This terrorism is not new. The Ku Klux Klan (and other racist groups) practiced this form of terror from its inception. Murders, lynchings and bombings were their calling cards.
Do other groups of people commit terrorism? Of course. However, when they do, it’s called out as such. For some reason, brown skin (with the notable exception of the Tsarnaev brothers) seems to be the requirement before we are willing to call terrorism what it is.
Francis Maxwell of The Young Turks cut a video that brilliantly and forcefully makes the point that we must stop assigning a color to terrorism and instead call it out for the crime it is, regardless of who’s committing it. Well said…well said indeed.