Naming the name

A suspect is taken into custody outside a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Isaiah J. Downing/Reuters)

A suspect is taken into custody outside a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Isaiah J. Downing/Reuters)

On April 19, 1995, a terrorist planted a bomb at the front of a federal building in Oklahoma City, blowing up the building and killing 168 people.

On July 17, 1996, a terrorist detonated explosives in Atlanta during the Summer Olympics, killing 1 person and injuring 111.

On June 17, 2015, a terrorist went into an African American church, was welcomed into its prayer group, and proceeded to kill 9 of the congregants.

On November 27, 2015, a terrorist invaded a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, killing 3, injuring 9.

All of theses terrorists were white.

See what I did there? I called acts of terror for what they are, "terror". Which seems to be something that we as a country cannot do.

Terrorism is what happens overseas. Or, if it happens here, it comes from overseas. Terrorism has a brown hue to it. When the perpetrator is white, it's a lone nut, a mentally disturbed man. Anything but terrorism.

Barack Obama's first Secretary of Homeland Security was going to put out a report that the greatest threat of terrorism to the United States came from well-armed, Christian, white men. The led to the howls of the Right, saying that evil, Marxist Kenyan Obama was criminalizing God-fearing Christians. Of course, the history of the past 7 years has shown that Pres. Obama's security service was correct.

Terrorism is the currency of the weak and disenfranchised. Yes, you read me correctly. Daesh is weak and disenfranchised, suddenly hemmed in by a global coalition headed by the US. Its attack on Paris was nothing but a lashing out at an enemy which will proceed to crush it. Now is the time to pound it into dust.

Likewise, the terrorism and planned terrorism carried out in the US by white Christian men is a crying out of a group which every day loses power and influence. A survey came out this week that white Christians now make up an absolute minority of the US population, and they are drifting right as their power evaporates.

But, the difference is that while we call what Daesh and Al Qaeda do as "terrorism", we rarely apply the same term to the terrorism plotted and carried out by white American Christians.

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump inveighed against Pres. Obama for not calling the threat from overseas "radical Islamic terrorism". (Ask Osama bin Laden as to Pres. Obama's fight against just such terrorism.) Of course, Mr. Trump's entire campaign has been based on stoking the resentments which lead to an equally pernicious terrorism, that of white Christian males. And this terrorism has a much darker hue, as it's aimed at people who are fellow citizens, but who are deemed to be irredeemable, traitors to the Republic.

A Twitter follower asked me if the Age of Obama has been worth it, as it has fired up the insanity of the waning majority, seeing that its power and privileges are being diminished. I say "Yes". Demography, unless a fascist system is installed, will not be denied. And it's much better to see the insanity up front and glaring, not under the surface. But the name has to be named. It is terrorism. An attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic is terrorism; an attack on a black church is terrorism. Any irruption of white angst into violence directed against a perceived enemy is terrorism. There is no other syllogism for it. If we can't fight radical Islamists without naming them what they are, neither can we fight radical Christians. Terrorism does not only emanate from beyond our borders; it festers within our bosom. The fight against terrorism, regardless of religion, is the fight which civilized countries face in this century. It is the fight which will determine if the 21st Century will be one of promise and progress, or a descent into darkness and violence.



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