“Why do we call a guy that’s got a turban on his head a terrorist but a guy out at Bundy Ranch that’s got a cowboy hat on his head a peaceful activist?” Papatino asked.
Howard Nations responded:
“We have two types at least of domestic homegrown terrorists.”
We have the Muslim-American terrorists who seek to influence foreign policy but then we also have the far right-wing American terrorists who are seeking to influence domestic policy and foment change in the ethnic makeup of the country through immigration and defend their perceived racial supremacy.”
“We are far much more likely to be murdered by a far right-wing terrorist than a Muslim-American terrorist,” yet the term “terrorist” only applies to the Muslim-Americans in the U.S.”
Papatino responded, “We’re afraid to say that some KKK type who has an AK-47 and shoots up a bunch of African Americans or Hispanics because he wants to make a political statement — we are so terrified to go ahead and call them what they are: and that is a domestic terrorist.”
Nations told Papatino that between 1990 to 2010 there were 145 acts of political violence that resulted in 348 deaths from right-wing “patriots” alone. In the same period, American Muslim violence resulted in just 20 deaths. The problem, said Nations, is that the American government and media focuses solely on the scary perceived threats of Muslim violence.
Domestic terrorism is a largely ignored issue and, unfortunately, if you loudly proclaim your love for Jesus, the Constitution, and ‘Murika, you’re fairly safe from criticism. You’re a “gun rights advocate” or “have pride in your race just like anyone else.” You can even pose in a photo with heavy weaponry and your holy book in front of a flag and be hailed as a hero by the same people who would criticize a Muslim terrorist for doing the same thing.
You can even attempt to start a revolution, murder three people, cover two of your victims with the Gadsden flag, and be connected to other “activists” who simply “want their country back” without your actions being labeled terrorism. As long as you love guns and Jesus you can loudly declare that it’s time for another civil war and merely be criticized for it…if you’re white, anyway.
It’s time that we recognize the new reality: Our threats no longer come from without. We can’t scapegoat a religion or skin color. If we want to recognize the true threat to America, we need to look at our neighbors. It shouldn’t be this way. America was great and unified, once. Unfortunately fear mongering and insanity, coupled with a black President, have taken hold of these once-benign whiners and converted them into a very real threat to our society.
If we need to know the source of the next mass killing, we need to look to those who are so passionate about their weaponry–their religion, that they are willing to commit unspeakable acts to protect their version of America–the one that is white, Bible-thumping, and filled to the brim with dangerous gadgets.