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  •  Juan Cole on 'white terrorists' and why we don't (22+ / 0-)

    call them 'white terrorists,' but treat them differently from other people we do call not thinking of them as terrorists:

    Juan Cole (Informed Comment blog) post here.

    Top ten differences between white terrorists and others:

    1. White terrorists are called "gunmen." Other terrorists? "Terrorists."
    2. White terrorists are "troubled loners." Other terrorists are suspected of being part of a global plot.
    3. Angry white congressmen do not support studies of white terrorists.
    4. White terrorists are part of a "fringe." Others are mainstream?
    5. The family of the white terrorist is interviewed. Others, not so much.
    6. White terrorists' acts are supposedly random, not part of conspiracies.
    7. White terrorists are never called 'white'; others are id'd by ethnicity.
    8. Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people.
    9. White terrorists are mentally ill. Other terrorists are supposedly quite sane?
    10. There is supposedly nothing you can do about white terrorists. Gun control supposedly won't stop them.
    Many mass murders of the last couple decades have been committed by home-grown white terrorists with guns.

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