Top 10 Differences Between White and Non-White Terrorists

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I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole sums up for his blog, Informed Comment, and found via AlterNet:

  1. 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.”
  2. White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.
  6. White terrorists are random events, like tornadoes. Other terrorists are long-running conspiracies.
  7. White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations.
  8. Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people. But other terrorists are considered paragons of their societies.
  9. White terrorists are alcoholics, addicts or mentally ill. Other terrorists are apparently clean-living and perfectly sane.
  10. 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.

Via Informed Comment.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Quote:  “White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean?”

    At least he has a trade.

  • kowalityjesus

    he’s right about a disparity, but its not a fabricated disparity.  The only white “terrorists” I can think of are the most recent guy at the batman movie, the guy in Norway who murdered multiculturalists, and the guy who shot politicians in Arizona (who is jewish and wouldn’t really be considered ‘white’ by many).  Yeah, they ARE gunmen acting alone, they are fringe and they are nuts.  The only person who could have been said to have a movement behind him was the guy in Norway, who executed his mission alone.

    Islamic terrorists, who are the people Americans generally think of as terrorists, blow shit up and kill people for a purpose.  They have people they affiliate with who support them in their perceived mission.  Look at the video posted on disinfo a few weeks ago that shows real “terrorists” giving flowers to a man who is going to drive his flatbed truck loaded with explosives at a US base in Afghanistan.  Need I say more?

    Therefore I say that this list is drivel for the reasons that it is specifically and un-originally rendered to attack white people and the constitution i.e. the 2nd amendment.  Thumbs the fuck down.

    • Enormous Dong

      James Holmes is not a terrorist, those dudes have agendas and or make demands. He is just mega mega mentally ill.

    • Andrew

      Are you saying white people don’t really have a reason to engage in terrorism?

  • rtb61

    Your forgot the following, eco-terrorists, union terrorists and peace activist terrorist. They come in all colours and spiritualities except tea-bagger but in mass media they and their families are uniformly condemned.
    They are raided by US authorities more than any other group and yet they have shot no one and blown up no buildings, their crime they threaten corporate profits.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    this story is a fine example of how propaganda works
    nonetheless
    most of the people psyoped by this propaganda
    will never read how its done
    never know they’ve been psyoped
    and will spend most of their lives as hosts to elite parasites
    while we who know sit smug in our knowledge
    which is a psyop too

    • lifobryan

      fnord

      • chinagreenelvis

        Always nice to see another Discordian.

        • =POPE=

          Meine Brüder!

          Hail Eris! ↔ All hail Disfnordia!

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            I excommunicate thee POPE

          • lifobryan

            And in celebration of yet another excommunicated Pope, I raise a glass of Hodge to your glass of Podge!

        • Karmik Anarchist

          Not always, it isn’t.

        • Karmik Anarchist

          Not always, it isn’t.

  • chinagreenelvis

    I see my comment was deleted. So much for the truth.

  • Apathesis

    This article conveniently abstains from citing evidence.

    • chinagreenelvis

      Yes. Yes it does.

  • Andrew

    Eight posts down.

  • Kingdomsmithy

    You dummy. What about the IRA? Forgot about them didn’t you. They’re national heroes.

    • Marctorley

      Which IRA?  The oIRA WERE seen as heroes except by their fellow freedom fighters who they waged a bloody civil war with and killed in large numbers after liberation.  The pIRA was originally socialist in ideology and funded itself engaging in drug dealing and smuggling; they lost any and all support within the US govt when they got caught taking a shed load of fake dollars being printed in Iran (this was where Iran first got tagged with ‘supporting terrorism’- they were giving fake us currency (high quality) to the pIRA) and working with Libya to deliver a new bombing campaign against an American ally; the rIRA are basically gangsters who use the cause to try and cover their continued drug dealing and distribution networks across Ireland; the cIRA commanders got driven from their community south of the border for blowing up children- this is the same town that elected the former commander of the pIRA as their local member of the Dail… but only AFTER the man had rejected violence and everything about it… but please- they were ALWAYS terrorists.  They murdered people; they blew people up; they killed people just because of their religion; they made people disappear (and to this day many of their bodies are still missing); they invented the truck bomb and suicide bomber (of course the way the IRA did nit- they put a gun to the guys kids heads and told him to drive the truck at the British or else they would shoot his kids).  They shot LOTS of teenagers in the knee caps for not showing them ‘respect’.  At least they WARNED people they were going to plant a bomb (going from property damage over civilian damage) we can give them that- but as a member of the community who supposedly thought they were heroes- no… no they were not.  Mostly we were shit scared of them.  And if one of them got into a pub fight with one of your mates?  You told your mate to run- before they shot him to support the cause.  There are no heroes in terrorism.  Just murderers.  plain and simple.

  • http://twitter.com/Alopoudis Alopoudis Dimitris

    Excellent ! 

  • discusthrower

    whoever wrote that list sounds like they are being nagged resulting in the presentation of peeves.  It’s not just white people who are crazy.  People of all stripes take all kinds of important things for granted.  Can we really blame people for their naivete when it seems so rampant.  Looking at history it’s easy to imagine a nightmare, or even looking at the present moment can be like a nightmare.  There is still a lot of mystery IMO.  I think that I prefer seeing a mystery rather than blaming the perceived uselessness of others….

  • Freak

    Brings to mind a track by Macka B called – Suspicious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpA9QiVnpzU

  • Calypso_1

    DHS most certainly does not place ‘Home Grown’ studies on the sideline. 

  • REALLY

    This is the stupidest shit I’ve read all morning. 

  • Jackedu317

    why the hell did you guys put the same exact story up twice on the same page? stop wasting our time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZB3G7JTGDJXS5RGHIQ3PE7WMYY john

    frigging garbage story, first headline from the bat man shooting was WHITE MAN opens fire with Assault weapons. This story is crap and your a self hating douche bag or a racist black guy.

    • Gemini True

      No sir!!  They took their time to even reveal who the gunman was.  The article was spot on.  When I heard about the shooting, and they never revealed a race, immediately, I knew he was white.  If he was black, they would have said a thug “gangbanger” did it.  If it was a middle eastern guy, they would have said terrorist.  He is white, and tell me what people are saying, even on this comment section?  Saying he is “mentally ill”, instead of a TERRORIST, as the article suggests.

      The 5 white guys who supposedly tried to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, they were labeled “anarchists”, instead of terrorists.  Thus, the premise of this article stating white terrorists are called everything but terrorists.

  • Thorax2012

    I see similar comments below, but this list really just sets up a straw man narrative that isn’t accurate. There are plenty of examples of “white terrorists” and, also, of “non-white spree/serial killers”. There will always be some pundits and politicians who confuse the issue, but the terms do have generally accepted definitions. It really doesn’t take much research to realize this.

    Here’s one place to start… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_terrorism_in_the_United_States

    Some examples include Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski, Eric Robert Rudolph, The Weather Underground, and The Aryan Nations; all classified “terrorists” by the FBI. And that’s just in the U.S.

  • DesertSun59

    The most recent shooter at Texas A&M, you know, the lone gunman who was ‘troubled’?  His FB page describes him as a hard core conservative who loved Sarah Palin and hated Obama.  He also described himself as a Christian. 

    THAT’S HOW HE DESCRIBED HIMSELF.

  • Sonnenritter

    “white terrorists are called gunmen” actually, all terrorists are called gunmen. how many hundred million billion times have you heard about ‘palestinian gunmen’ or pakistani or iraqi gunmen? gunmen is the standard euphemism for ALL terrorists. only the most stridently partisan news outlets will report insurgent violence or spree killing incidents as ‘terrorists’.

  • Mike

    Because every news story about terrorists is full of shit and uses propaganda to forward a specific agenda. Want the truth, investigate it for yourself.

  • you’reracisti’mnot

    hold on hold on i know i’ll debunk these generalities with one solid fact. chill. that dude who flew a plane into the IRS building in texas was *never called a terroist by the media. haha score one for the home team
    *not that i heard

  • Shutyoass

    Its not a white brown thing.. its a criminal/military thing. I live near East St.louis, there are some badass dues who killed alot of people who are black. The same top ten list applies to them as well. OPEN YO MIND FOO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MielikkisChosen Kevin Ickes

    This list is ridiculous and almost entirely wrong.

  • Karmik Anarchist

    Maybe white people don’t engender the same levels of terror in other white people. I must admit, I’ve lived in Northern Ireland, when the troubles kicked off, and been in London for the annual Bomb campaign, and never have the people I’m told are “terrorists” actually engendered feelings of”terror” in me. There’s been a pissed off resignedness when the tubes are stopped, or a road’s blocked. And mild alarm once or twice. But the group who actively work at instilling the most terror in people here, are the Police. A passive aggressive level of coiled menace is taught to them before they’re even allowed out. And they beam this out all day long. This from the people whose job it supposedly is to make us feel safer. News for  you guys, it ain’t working.

  • Karmik Anarchist

    The septics here seem to think any old cracker with a gun, and a socio/political agenda is a terrorist, but that’s not the case. Brievik was a spree killer, with a hard on for wealthy Danish kids, not a Terrorist. If he was a Terrorist, he’d have declared his agenda before embarking on his “big day”.

    The Unabomber technically ticks the right boxes I suppose, but America is always throwing up “lone nut” MKultra casualties, and you can’t really class them as Terrorists. This side of the pond, there are plenty of white terrorist groups, (Various flavours of the IRA, ETA, Bahder Meinhof, ALF, UDR) and we call them “Terrorists”. Largely because they’ve registered as proper Terrorists, by getting a few big bangs under their belts.

    The American Government is a proper Terrorist Organisation. It conducts campaigns of Terror, with a Political agenda, openly on it’s own people. So I don’t expect they tolerate any other Domestic Terror groups, preferring to operate via CIA Black Ops abroad. Compared to them, the Provisional IRA are “Mild Alarmists”.

  • Karmik Anarchist

    The septics here seem to think any old cracker with a gun, and a socio/political agenda is a terrorist, but that’s not the case. Brievik was a spree killer, with a hard on for wealthy Danish kids, not a Terrorist. If he was a Terrorist, he’d have declared his agenda before embarking on his “big day”.

    The Unabomber technically ticks the right boxes I suppose, but America is always throwing up “lone nut” MKultra casualties, and you can’t really class them as Terrorists. This side of the pond, there are plenty of white terrorist groups, (Various flavours of the IRA, ETA, Bahder Meinhof, ALF, UDR) and we call them “Terrorists”. Largely because they’ve registered as proper Terrorists, by getting a few big bangs under their belts.

    The American Government is a proper Terrorist Organisation. It conducts campaigns of Terror, with a Political agenda, openly on it’s own people. So I don’t expect they tolerate any other Domestic Terror groups, preferring to operate via CIA Black Ops abroad. Compared to them, the Provisional IRA are “Mild Alarmists”.

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