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.
Juan Cole, 08/09/2012
Juan Cole actually wrote this 4 days after a white terrorist, yes, terrorist, murdered 6 and injured 4 people at a Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin. The terrorist who committed said crime spoke of an impending “racial holy war” beforehand and was a member of white supremacist/neo-Nazi hate groups.
When I am low, as I am now. I have very little energy, and I can’t concentrate on simple things like reading a book or watch a film. I often start to think back on my life, pondering the “what-ifs”.
Today something reminded me about two of the guys in my days that I’ve been totally in awe off. None of them knew anything about it. One of them still doesn’t. One annoying thing is that the one who now knew, felt the same about me, way back when, but we could’n’t speak of it then, as I had a man and he a string of gf’s, always surrounded by females and I never felt that I was enough to be someone he’d notice in “that” way.
Man I’ve lived my whole life so wrong.
And now, I feel it is too late somehow, for me. I feel cold and uninterested. I’ve told my mom that I am mainly interested in females these days, which is true, but also a lie. Only, the men I want are all in my past. And the females have always been for me more like lovely fantasies…
Here are 10 photos (out of 22) from my series Racial Microaggressions. I have asked my friends on the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus to write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced on a poster for me to take a picture of them.
[description: a series of drawings of women on posters with different captions. they read: “women do not owe you their time or conversation”; “women are not outside for your entertainment”; “my name is not baby, shorty, sexy, sweetie, honey, pretty, boo, sweetheart, ma”; “stop telling women to smile”; and “my outfit is not an invitation”.]
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