The Top Ten Differences Between White Terrorists And Others

Juan Cole‘s fantastic list regarding how our terrorists are defined:

•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.”

•White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.

•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.

•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.

•White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.

•White terrorists are random events, like tornadoes. Other terrorists are long-running conspiracies.

•White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations.

•Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people. But other terrorists are considered paragons of their societies.

•White terrorists are alcoholics, addicts or mentally ill. Other terrorists are apparently clean-living and perfectly sane.

•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.

5 Comments on "The Top Ten Differences Between White Terrorists And Others"

  1. DeepCough | Aug 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

    Oh, would you look at that: double standards from the American War on Terror.

  2. chinagreenelvis | Aug 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm |

    None of this is true, but somebody obviously wants you to believe that it is.

    • Jin The Ninja | Aug 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

       what part is untrue? that non-white ‘terrorists’  and white ‘gunmen’ are framed in very distinct contexts?

  3. ConcernedWhiteGuy | Aug 14, 2012 at 10:48 am |

    Examples or it didn’t happen. 

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