At the end of the day, terrorism is terrorism, whether the alleged perpertrators of calculated political violence are radical Islamic jihadists or white far right extremists. Most of the terrorist activity occurring in the United States since 9/11 has not come from Muslims, but from a combination of radical Christianists, white supremacists and far-right militia groups. Since the election of our 45th president, there have been a number of verbal and physical attacks on Muslims across the country, a number of bomb threats to Jewish Centers and the defacing of mosques. Despite this information, our Republican controlled, male dominated government intends to shift the focus of the government’s “Countering Violent Extremism” program to rename it either “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”.
What’s behind the government’s lack of outrage regarding white supremacist terrorism? Is it because the victims of white far right extremists are black people in a church, Muslims in a mosque or patrons with loved ones in the lobby of a Planned Parenthood? Is this why white far right extremists aren’t seen as a threat, because they’re not perceived as a threat to white people? Why are white far right extremists always seen as a lone wolf instead of being seen as a part of an organized terror network despite being indoctrinated online with the help of like minded structured groups? In a nutshell, white terrorism has it’s privileges. It’s as old as America itself and seeks to uphold and strengthen an existing social order of white supremacy. The more we allow the focus to shift to immigrants the less we can focus on the perpetual insidious forces already at work on the home front.
If you’re not concerned with all terrorism, no matter where it originates, you’re not truly concerned with terrorism.