It’s interesting how the media (and society as a whole) will do everything in their power to refrain from labeling white people as terrorists.
They can bomb abortion clinics.
They can stalk and kill doctors who provide abortions.
They can go into schools, loaded down with ammunition, shooting everyone they see.
They can go into a movie theater wearing a bulletproof vest and gas mask and fire into the crowd killing 12 people and wounding 38 others.
They can do all of this, and yet they will never, ever be labeled a terrorist.
Just sit and think for a minute about how differently this story would be framed if the person who committed this crime wasn’t white.
On a different note, my thoughts go out to the families of those who were killed. I hope the people currently hospitalized pull through this.
You’re kidding, right?
Do you remember the bombings in Oklahoma City? Timothy McVeigh was white, and also a terrorist. He was absolutely labeled a terrorist.
Jared Loughner, the guy who shot the Arizona cogresswoman(ad others) last year. He is labeled and cosidered a terrorist. He’s a white guy.
The Unabomber, Ted Kacynski. A white terrorist.
The guy who did the shooting spree in Norway last year. Another white terrorist.
There are more, but these are just the most famous/most recent.
Terrorism refers to the use of violence for the purpose of achieving a political, religious, or ideological goal. The targets of terrorist acts can be government officials, military personnel, people serving the interests of governments, or civilians.
The guy who shot up the theatre is just a spree killer right now. There is currently no motivation, therefore there is no way to claim he is a terrorist, by deinition. When, or if, the authorities find out his motivations, then, and only then, will he be able to be labeled a terrorist or not.
What has happened is a tragedy. But don’t try to make it a race thing. It is not a race subject, and by trying to make it one, you are trying to shift the focus from what it should be, to something as trivial as this man’s skin color. It also makes you look ignorant.