Time and again, we humans have killed other humans for various reasons such as religion, land, wealth, and women. There have been times when someone murders a large number of people either during a shootout or with a bomb. However, what we fail to realize is how media represents it. This equation is present in every country on this planet, where people of color and Muslims are labeled as terrorists when they are involved in any such act, and a white person is called a mad-man or mentally disturbed.
We have always been so busy in our lives, and we forgot to ask why? Today, let us find out, who and why?
Terrorist, according to Oxford means a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political, ideological or religious aims. There have been hundreds of debates out there to question what stands for terrorism?
My understanding is straightforward, a terrorist is a person who kills innocents to dictate his ideology to the world. He/She doesn’t need to belong to a religion or a terrorist group. We have seen multiple cases when people start shooting in a crowded place without any logic or reasoning.
We have heard people call followers of Islam by the word “Terrorist.” Terrorist is a word which is used as a common phrase in schools, colleges just because a certain group exists in a war-torn country which reportedly represents all the Muslims of the world.
There has been a far more number of attacks in the US alone which were committed by white men who were shot down before they could represent their ideology. Who is to say, what was their intent? Who is to say what they wanted?
An American Journalist stated facts:
Don Lemon of CNN, stated a few months back, “We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them,” this raised a lot of, and people trolled and criticized him for days.
He continued, “There is no travel ban on them, there is no ban on—you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban.”
There was a statement from FBI and Homeland Security who acknowledged the fact that white supremacist groups have carried out more violent attacks than any other. A suspect list was registered by the U.S. which clears shows white men to be in the highest rather than anyone else.
I am not here to show my support to anyone. Any person that commits an act of violence against humanity is a terrorist that doesn’t mean you get to tag the entire community with a label of terrorist.
True, there have been crimes by some radical Islamic Terrorist who had their links with ISIS or al-Qaeda. However, there have been men who belonged to KKK, if you remember this was the largest white supremacist group that killed hundreds of people of color.
Someone who kills innocents is a Terrorist – Right or Wrong?
There have been cases where an ISIS-inspired man open fired in a gay nightclub in Orlando or the car-ramming attack in Edmonton. However, there are other cases where;
A 64-year-old white man from Nevada opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, where he killed more than 50 and wounded more than 800.
A 20-year-old white Nazi sympathizer from Ohio sped his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring at least 19 others.
Hindutva activists have carried out several massacres of Muslims, as in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1992 and Gujarat in 2002, and set off bombs in neighborhoods and towns that are predominantly Muslim, even in their places of worship.
Mob lynching has become a widespread phenomenon in India, which have led to 24 death in just one year.
Funny isn’t it? We have always labeled the Muslim community as terrorists as if they have the copyright for the word “Terrorist.” Are these people not terrorist who kill innocent men, women, and children to ensure that their ideology is followed?