Reserving The Word “Terrorist” For Non-Whites
‘Corporate media are demonstrably reluctant to use the word “terrorist” with regards to Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof–even though the massacre would seem to meet the legal definition of terrorism, as violent crimes that “appear to be intended…to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.” The next day, 367 stories in papers accross the country, only 24 mentioned “terrorism” or “terrorist”–just 7 percent.
When two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three and injuring hundreds. A search of the Nexis news database for US newspapers on the next day turns up 2,593 stories mentioning the marathon, virtually all of them about the bombing, of these, 887, or 34 percent, used the word “terrorism” or a variant of the word.
In February 2010, a man named Joseph Stack deliberately flew his small airplane into the side of a building that housed a regional IRS office in Austin, Texas, killing himself, an IRS manager and injured 13 others. STACK WAS WHITE AND NON-MUSLIM. As a result, not only was the word “terrorism” not applied to Stack, but it was explicitly declared in applicable by media outlets and government officials alike.
In Philip Bump’s June 19, 2015 Washington Post article, ‘Why We Shouldn’t Call Dylann Roof A Terrorist’, he explains…it’s skin color.
Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof got a FREE meal from police on his way to jail. They went to Burger King.
- Why We Shouldn’t Call Dylann Roof a Terrorist
- Refusal to Call Charleston Shootings “Terrorism” Again Shows It’s a Meaningless Propaganda Term
- Why Are Persons Unknown More Likely to Be Called ‘Terrorist’ Than a Known White Supremacist?
- Is FBI Ignoring White Violence by Refusing to Call Roof a Terrorist?
- Dr. Wilmer Leon: Charleston shooting is part of larger terrorism faced by black America
- White Supremacists Without Borders
- White Terrorism Is as Old as America
- Charleston and the Age of Obama
- The Growing Right-Wing Terror Threat
- White Power USA (2010 Documentary)