White terrorism, something which loves to be ignored by the mainstream media (MSM), but also is something which needs to be acknowledged by most of us, so that derogative stereotypes can be shattered as well as realising the reality of the system and the mainstream media (MSM). Before I discuss anything else, we first need to have an understanding of the term ‘terrorism’, which is the “unofficial or unauthorised use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims”. There isn’t much complexity in the difference between the regular term of ‘terrorism’ and ‘white terrorism’, it is simply terrorism being committed by individuals whom are…….white.
However, I understand that other individuals from other ethnic groups can carry out terrorism, but the reason I’m using the term ‘white terrorism’ now is due to how the mainstream media is very ignorant to cases in which white individuals have clearly committed the act of terrorism and the issue needs to be perpetuated, which leads on to my first point of this discussion. The MSM evidently manipulates the truth and creates a very skewed view about certain subjects. In this topic of ‘terrorism’, the MSM seem to enjoy portraying most of Muslims as religious extremists and terrorist. When in actual fact, this is certainly not the case, as Muslims are the biggest victims of terrorism from groups such as ISIL, ISIS and Al-Qaeda. We can see this is evident by contrasting the statistics of deaths in the West and in the East caused by terrorist group.
In the west, there have been 3,335 deaths caused by terrorists groups, however, I will admit this is an inaccurate value as there have been several other terrorist attacks but on a lesser scale with small numbers of deaths and I have left out the number of injuries too. The events I used to make this estimate is the following : Paris attacks (129 deaths), 7/7 bombing in Britain(52 deaths), 9/11 attack in America (2977 deaths and 246 deaths from the passengers of the hijacked planes). Now to compare this the deaths of Muslims caused by the hand of religious terrorist groups. Overall, there is an estimate of at least 9,397 Muslim deaths as a result of terrorist groups, in addition of video evidence showing 250 Syrian soldiers being executed by ISIS. ISIL and ISIS have had a very harmful influence on the areas infrastructure as they have destroyed thousands of homes of innocent civilians, displaced millions from their country, and deplete them from their resources for their own use – the events I used for this estimate: ISIS attacks on Iraq for 8 months(9,347 muslims deaths out of the 24,015 other deaths), Beirut suicide bombing (43 deaths), Bomb attacks in Baghdad (7 deaths), of course again this is a very inaccurate estimate.
Overall, my point is that the mainstream media creates a very unjust generalisation and view of the Muslim community to the public but fail to give valid evidence and reasoning why this is so, the MSM makes people now associate the Muslim community with terror and violence, and people see them as aliens. The media have failed Muslims by making no distinction between a minority terror group, who even Muslims are victims of, and ordinary Muslims who follow a peaceful religion which perpetuates joy and social cohesion. By the media sparking fears around ordinary Muslims, we are playing into the hands of the terrorists.Sweeping statements have been made to generalise an entire religion of 1.6 billion people on the basis of the actions of a few corrupt individuals. As I have just shown you, this is evidently not that case, in fact if we look deeper in to the cases and statistics of terrorism, we’ll find that it is not Muslim extremists that are so detrimental to us, as the MSM suggests, but it is indeed white extremists (Christians and right-wing extremists) that are the real danger to western society, but the mainstream media and the public fail to label these white extremists as ‘terrorists’, even when the acts committed by both groups are very similar, if not worse. Muslim + violence = terrorism. Non-Muslim + violence = hate crime
Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as ‘acts of terror’, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, unlike other Muslim extremists who have carried out ‘acts of terror’ similarly to these white extremists, it appears that the media, as well as the justice system, agree with the statement that violence and brutality are not universal when it comes to different ethnic groups, especially with individuals from the middle east.
Furthermore, using the example of ‘terrorist attack’ which happened at Leytonstone tube station – where a man stabbed an innocent civilian ,and repeatedly chanted the phrase: “This is for Syria”, which occurred months back, on the 5th of December, we can compare this with an incident that happened earlier that year – in which a white supremacist tried to behead a Sikh man shopping in Tesco – that was widely reported as a racially motivated hate crime, but not as a terror attack, beginning to see the contrast? Although Scotland Yard originally said that they were treating the incident at Leytonstone Underground station as an alleged “terrorist incident” – the suspect now stands accused of attempted murder. Even the victim’s brother of the incident, said at the time that the family believed that, had the “racial disposition” of the case been reversed, the machete attack would have been reported as terrorism, which is completely true.
Also, Anders Breivik, a right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in July 2011. The 36-year-old extremist, claimed he carried out the attack in opposition to Norway’s multiculturalism, but instead of being labelled as a terrorist, he has been deemed the label of a “mass murderer”, sentenced to 21 year in prison. In addition, the many countless racially motivated mass shootings that have occurred over the many years in America, that have been committed predominately by white males. And lets not forget one of the biggest and longest existing terrorist groups which live in America to this day, with their unwavering beliefs: the Klu Klux Klan. A study found almost 3,960 African-Americans were lynched by the KKK from 1877 to 1950 – a number that supersedes previous estimates by at least 700. It looked at lynchings in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
The facts and figures are all there, I have merely just scratched the surface when it comes to exposing nature of the MSM and reality of the western society we live in currently. White terrorism is something that we cannot ignore, if we remain ignorant to this truth – the term terrorism will become a stereotype which only applies to particular ethnic groups, also it makes unable to see pass the underlying truth behind the western society and the global media. Ignoring the existence and issues with the term ‘white terrorist’, it can make us adopt an inequitable view of groups and makes us generalise a whole population, which is completely unfair. It is time that we begin doing our own independent research and critical thinking when it comes to these topics, as I said before; the MSM can create a very skewed view of global events – which I will further dive in to in the near future. We may not be able to solve these problems quickly or at all, but “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” – James Baldwin
Here is a link to a list of terrorist attacks which have happened in Britain since the 1970’s: click here