1. White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.”
2. White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.
3. Doing a study on the danger of white terrorists at the Department of Homeland Security will get you sidelined by angry white Congressmen. Doing studies on other kinds of terrorists is a guaranteed promotion.
4. The family of a white terrorist is interviewed, weeping as they wonder where he went wrong. The families of other terrorists are almost never interviewed.
5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.
6. White terrorists are random events, like tornadoes. Other terrorists are long-running conspiracies.
7. White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations.
8. Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people. But other terrorists are considered paragons of their societies.
9. White terrorists are alcoholics, addicts or mentally ill. Other terrorists are apparently clean-living and perfectly sane.
10. There is nothing you can do about white terrorists. Gun control won’t stop them. No policy you could make, no government program, could possibly have an impact on them. But hundreds of billions of dollars must be spent on police and on the Department of Defense, and on TSA, which must virtually strip search 60 million people a year, to deal with other terrorists."
Juan Cole, 08/09/2012
Juan Cole actually wrote this 4 days after a white terrorist, yes, terrorist, murdered 6 and injured 4 people at a Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin. The terrorist who committed said crime spoke of an impending “racial holy war” beforehand and was a member of white supremacist/neo-Nazi hate groups.
I apologize for being inactive for so long.
- Guilt Poisons Women by Germaine Greer (via zubat)
including 10 women, 8 children, and 1 martyr under torture
- 42 in Homs (most of them in Qusair massacre)
- 34 in Damascus/Suburbs
- 14 in Daraa
- 9 in Idlib
- 6 in Aleppo
- 5 in Hama
- 2 in RaqqaMay they all rest in peace.
Scenes of devastation in the Palestinian residential quarters of East Jerusalem, April to early May 1948: ruins of the commercial center outside Jaffa Gate; what was left of the Hotel Fast appears rear right, and the ruins on the far left side of the street are those of the Arab Bank’s headquarters.Pic 2: Ruins of the Musrara quarter.Pic 3:Ruins of a house in the Sa’ad Sa’id quarter.
A new law could decide the fate of 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The US Senate will debate and make amendments to a comprehensive reform bill this week. Behind the political posturing, there are the stories of real people crossing the border in search of a better life and the terrible dangers they face. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from the US state of Arizona.