I get mad all over, just like the shootings prior.
But what makes me feel even worse is when the shooter is an American, and the coverage that comes with reports of domestic terrorism.
Or to be more specific, non-Muslim White American terrorist.
I bet you've never even heard someone, whether it be a politician, or journalist, utter the words "non-Muslim, White American terrorist", because surely a Fox Network reporter would die a painful death should such words were to be uttered on-air.
But when you consider that 3 out of the 5 'deadliest' reported mass shootings this year alone was committed by the hands of the said identity, domestic terrorism, and its portrayal in the media must be discussed.
A country founded on terrorism at the hands of those who were in "power" (White Christian males) would go under the radar, or without the demonization of similar actions by those whom are underrepresented. This went apparent when Siyed Farooq, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fired on an San Bernardino social service agency earlier this month, killing fourteen employees.
Post shooting, critics deemed this to be the last straw, and media reported this as an "act of terrorism". A few weeks prior to the event, Robert Deer, a 57 year old White male, massacred a Planned Parenthood where 3 people died, and 9 others were injured, in Colorado. According to a ABC News report, "Some of the victims... say they've already forgiven Robert Deer they just know why he allegedly did it officers we cease funeral will be held Friday."
So we've had enough of terrorist who are Muslim American, but not enough of shooters who are labeled "mental unstable" and also convienietly White?
White Americans have again terrorized on a nations soil since pre-Independence. When the Puritans landed on Plymouth Rock, and colonized an already occupied Virginia, plagued and pillaged villages on Native Americans, while also enslaving, raping, and killing off tribes, we don't wag our fingers and clutch our purses everytime we see white Christian families going to church. No, rather we make hand turkeys, watch cute Charlie Brown movies with the kids, and celebrate Thanksgiving.
The KKK was knowing for literally setting Black families houses on fire, and shooting and killing ANYONE who was in the house the Klansmen choose to terrorize that day. This included kids, and women. In fact, today marks 51 years, and 6 months where the klansmen killed three young civil rights activist in a lynch mob.
Speaking of lynches, after the Civil War, during the Reconstruction Era, Black men, and women were lynched publicly without due process (which can be found in the Constitution), or given speedy trials. I've read about these attrocities in Ida B. Wells The Red Record as she explains, and analyze the statistical evidence in these acts of terror.
Then I guess the murder sprees that poured out of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, were not that terrorist-ish right? I mean, consider Charlie Mason, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, no way in hell could they be considered terrorist. They don't fit the .. the image.
We can never forget the three Muslim American students who were slained at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill campus. We can never forget these crimes against people who are just as much American as any of us are. Yes, extremist who happened to be Muslim, has done some terror to the U.S. but so has British, Japanese, Puritans, Columbus, Christians, etc.
We can't go and just sanitize the word 'terrorist' to fit the frame, and box we've designed for it. Terrorism and Islam is not synonymous. Islam doesn't preach or encourage terrorism. We can't let others tell us how to think, and feel about our fellow human beings, because then we miss out on all the awesome stuff we could produce; like peace, and prosperity for both sides. If we're going to call anybody a terrorist, we have to talk about ALL of the terrorist.