Don’t you care that I was trying to change people’s behavior through fear of violence?

The political nature of the word “terrorism” is nowhere more obvious than in our inability to label rightwing, American bombers “terrorists.” Not that I particularly care about what we call them, but there are people who are obsessed with applying that word to Muslims using the same tactics and using that word to deny any sort of thought process in dealing with them who are also somehow too shy to say that someone who plants a bomb with the express intent to cause mass fear to change people’s behavior – when the latter is white – shows just where our mainstream discourse is coming from.

If we’re really at war with terrorism, then why not fight the terrorism that’s actually hurting people in the US? Oh, wait, right.


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