Leonard Pitts Jr., of the Miami Herald, had his regular column in the op-ed page of the Austin American-Statesman yesterday, and I am going to quote from his column – he is saying things I have said for some time.
“On August 5, a white supremacist shot up a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, killing six people and wounding three. It is considered likely that the shooter mistook the Sikhs, whose men wear beards and turbans, for Muslims………
…………the point is that we are looking for terror in all the wrong places. Or, perhaps more accurately, that we are not looking for it in all the right places……….
What they have in common is that they spring from motivations (i.e., opposition to taxation, government, immigrants, blacks, gays, abortion and Muslims) that more or less define modern, mainstream, conservatism. So yes, it is time to say the obvious thing no one seems to be saying.
AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK BY RIGHT-WING TERRORISTS.
………Maybe this is because the perpetrators of these crimes are overwhelmingly white Christian men, and, thus, invisible in a nation where danger is routinely defined as them, not us. Maybe it’s because media have become cowed and self-censoring, reflexively flinching from that which might bring accusations of anti-conservative bias.
The blood of victims demands an honest accounting. We have given them a dishonest silence instead……….”
Mr. Pitts is careful to say that not all conservatives, nor all white men, nor all Christians are to blame for these atrocities. But they, and we, all need to speak out and tell the truth.