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White Privilege: When is a Terrorist Not a Terrorist?

1 Sep

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Photo: Zack Davies, Facebook Page

 

Original Article Published on News7826, 2015

Zack Davies (pictured above) took a machete to Dr Bhambra’s head, a Sikh man, in a UK supermarket, because he had brown skin. Davies wanted to wreak revenge for the death of Lee Rigby, who was publicly murdered in the streets of Woolwich by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, in 2013.

Also in the UK, a few weeks ago (May, 2015), two 15-year-old teen boys were given a 12-month custody order by UK courts for purchasing explosive chemicals and other related materials, in a plot to blow up parliament and commit public acts or murder, including beheadings.

Similarly, in June 2015, Dylann Roof, massacred nine lives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States, because he felt Blacks were taking over and he wanted to start a race war. 

In contrast, just last week (July/ August 2015), there were confirmed reports of a deliberate explosion at a gas works in St Quentin-Fallavier, France, followed by the discovery of a decapitated body. The perpetrators’ name is one Yassin Salhi. The body was that of Salhi’s boss, Herve Cornora.

What’s the difference between these events, we might ask? The difference, is that only in the case of Salhi, were officials, governments, and the media, quick to condemn his actions as an act of terrorism. Salhi has since said his actions were related to family and work troubles, though evidence also clearly disputes this. 

In all the other three cases (Davies, the Two Teen Boys, and Roof), members of Far Right, the media, politicians, and the judiciary, have been quick to label these extremists as ‘lone-wolves’ and ‘troubled’, despite clear evidence to the contrary. Davies and Roof both had known links Far Right extremist organisations. Extremist paraphernalia being found in each of their homes and in their possession, including the teen boys. It was the same with Anders Breivik.

When news of Zack Davies first came to light, the likes of Far Right extremists such as Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch); Tommy Robinson (Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, founder of the English Defence League); and professional Islamophobe, Tarek Fatah (Columnist for Toronto Sun), were all quick to explain away his [Davies’] actions, as a Muslim plot to ‘Islamificate’ the West, with ‘Moozlamic rayguns’ and ‘Shakira Law.’

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Robert Doggart, a 63-year-old Tennessee resident, is an ordained Christian minister in the Christian National Church, who plotted a violent attack against a Muslim-American community in New York state, was released without charge. The Daily Beast labelled him as a ‘lethal threat.’ Doggart only faces a fine (yes, a fine) for his actions.

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As Charles Kurzman, and Dan Schanzer have noted, the real terrorist threat, ‘is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists’ (NY Times, June 2015). The question is, when will the world wake up, and stop victim blaming Muslims, and Black people, for all that is wrong in this world? Kurzman and Schanzer’s own research found that only 3 percent of anti-government extremism recorded, was severe by law enforcement agencies came from Muslim extremists.

I restate the question: when will politicians, the media, and law enforcement stop scapegoating Muslims and members of the Black community as extremists and thugs? When will they start treating their ‘own’ as an equal threat to the function of mainstream society and the cause of its systemic problems? When will Western governments, and societies, learn, and accept, that they are as much responsible for radicalised, home-grown terrorism, and the rise of Daesh, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, in the Middle East, and Africa? Especially, as Western governments have created and proactively fund and support terrorism.

 

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/opinion/the-other-terror-threat.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/18/guess-why-this-christian-terrorist-plot-against-muslims-isn-t-getting-any-press.html

http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-terror-group/5402881

http://njtoday.net/2015/05/17/report-claims-america-created-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-and-syria-isis/

 

 

 

Article by: Jason Schumann, 2016

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