Right-wing, ultra-conservative, terrorism

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……….

………in the almost 20 years since the first attack by Muslim extremists on the World Trade Center, the following has happened: the bombing of a federal buidling in Oklahoma City leaves 168 dead and 500 injured; one person is killed, over 100 wounded, in a bombing at the Olympics in Atlanta; seven people are arrested for plotting to attack US Military bases; Dr. Barnett Slepian is shot and killed in Amherst NY; five people die in a shooting spree near Pittsburgh; the FBI arrests a man who tried to buy ingredients for sarin, the deadly nerve gas, from an undercover agent; Dr. George Tiller is shot and killed in Wichita, KS.; a man and his daughter are killed in their home in Arivaca, AZ; a man flies a small plane into a building in Austin, killing himself and other other……….

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.


………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.

About carolstepp

Music is about the most important thing in my life, and I follow a large number of musicians, particularly Irish, Scots, Classical, Crossovers of any of these. I was writing a blog about Celtic Thunder regularly on MySpace, and now I have left them after a year, and will start writing my blogs here. I am 70, retired, living on Social Security, and have a lot of social network fans.
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