War on Terror Immunity: Colorado NAACP Bombed

Wars on Terror

President No. 43 — George W. Bush — gave us the “War on Terror”.

The early new millennium (2000’s) were fascinating years to live in; you had Jack Bauer on television and he practically served as our terrorist who terrorizes terrorists.  French fries became “freedom fries”, and fuck yeah always followed the name America.  We as Americans then allowed more of our freedoms to be taken and certain brown Americans to be anathematized to fulfill an overall sense of security.  But of course, we were scared shitless before we felt the need for greater security.  A collective, “we”.

America: A History of in-House Terrorism

The reason why I emphasize a “collective we” is because of this one simple fact: Afro-American people have been victims of terrorism ever since the U.S. Constitution was inked.  What differentiated American Slavery from any of the rest in world history?  The acts of terrorism to upkeep the institution of slavery in America.  How did the Deep South get so sparsely populated of blacks when blacks outnumbered whites in the Bible Belt?  Terrorism: the KKK’s reign of terror forced blacks to move into the northern ghettos we now know of today.  How did Emmett Till die?  He wasn’t just murdered, it was TERRORISM that killed him.  Fred Hampton?  Terrorism of the State Sponsored variety.  Black Wallstreet’s demise?  Terrorism State sponsored.  Lynchings are an act of terrorism being that they placed a murdered, maimed, and mutilated body on display in order to change social behavior.  In fact, this is the exact reason why Michael Brown lying in the street for 4.5 hours receiving no medical attention resonates in a way to blacks in a way that most whites can never fully understand.  Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Darrien Hunt, John Crawford III, and Eric Gardner had the effect of a lynching onto the Black American psyche.

While there’s many definitions of terrorism, this is my sociological understanding of it:

Terrorism is the act of using profane violence upon persons, places, and things in order to modify a particular socio-political behavior.  The intent is to send a message.

This is also the reason why I side-eye random nuts who call U.S. military “collateral damage” terrorism; collateral damage is NOT the intended target, in terrorism, it is SUPPOSED to be the target… to change behavior or policy that is.  There’s a huge difference between not accounting for an Iraqi wedding, versus explicit intent on killing everyone to send a message.  Every act of terror has a message; in Emmett Till’s death by white American terrorism, the behavior whites were modifying was “looking at white women”, and thus the message was “Niggers you better stop looking at white women or we will maim and kill you.”  

Because of this, black people know and understand the fear of terrorism long before it became common political jargon.  We were a people who could be killed with immunity to law, and in many cases we still are.

As History Repeats, so does Terrorism

A bomb was detonated on Tuesday at the headquarters of the NAACP of Colorado Springs.  The FBI has stated: “…potential person of interest in this investigation is a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.”  No one was hurt.  The explosive device was placed by a gasoline can to modify it for incendiary attack.  The gasoline did not ignite.  Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC were all late to pick up the story.  I myself found this out on Twitter, with many people lamenting on the fact that there’s minimal national coverage.  Why?

Today I just discovered another card within the white privilege card deck: War on Terror Immunity.

Here’s the deal: No matter how many white terrorists we know, you are NEVER going to see an all-out attempt to demonize and execrate all whites for it.  While a Muslim terrorist forces all Muslims to “speak out” and “condemn” Islamic terrorism, you will never see a day where Fox News for example, begs the white community to speak out on the acts domestic terrorism of white individuals.  Why? Because of three factors:

  1. Whites see others (nonwhites) as groups thus judges them as groups.
  2. Whites do not self-reflect on how they do this.
  3. Whites control the mainstream train of thought and ARE the default train of thought.

Out of all of the scare given to the totality of America, I just realized this one thing:  America only invokes a “war on terror” response only when you scare the shit out of white people.  Scaring Black people?  No, America is just fine with black people living in fear.  So yes, mainstream media will neglect this obvious terrorism attack on American soil… in the same manner they neglect to actually listen to the protesters who only want police to stop using fear as a means of policing our streets.  So once again, black people (or an entity associated with black people) has been struck by an act of terror and American mainstream media doesn’t even care.   Old news, and that’s being brutally honest.

#TerrorismWhileWhite

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  • Johnny Silvercloud

    With the heavily emotions surrounding the concept of “terrorism” now, do you think white people have “War on Terror Immunity”?

  • Tim Druck

    “Every act of terror has a message; in Emmett Till’s death by white American terrorism, the behavior whites were modifying was “looking at white women”, and thus the message was “Niggers you better stop looking at white women or we will maim and kill you.”

    Because of this, black people know and understand the fear of terrorism long before it became common political jargon. We were a people who could be killed with immunity to law, and in many cases we still are.”

    Co-sign. I agree with this article 100%. Do as I say, not as I do. When the President does it, that makes it legal. It’s not terrorism when we do it. It’s the ongoing narrative of the American experience – he who writes the history makes the labels. And he who has the power writes the history.

    I bet the Police wouldn’t have much problem finding a black man who bombed a Klan headquarters, not to equate the Klan and the NAACP. Hell, they’re pretty likely to shoot him in the streets.

  • DaMarcus

    Dude, are you seriously comparing a global Islamist movement involving
    millions of Muslims, resulting in tens of thousands of attacks around
    the world, culminating in the deaths of millions of people, with some
    asshole putting a shitty homemade bomb that didn’t even explode next to
    the NAACP office? These are not even the same thing bro.

    You want
    to know why the world wants Muslims to stand up and disavow Muslim
    terrorism? It’s because all Muslims share a common
    political/religious/social ideology. They may not all have the same
    views regarding that ideology but they all share the same common
    ideology, it’s what makes them Muslims. You can’t equate the two
    situations.

    All these things you mentioned were terrible things
    that never should have happened, but c’mon man you’re talking about a
    totally different era of American society. Emmit Till died in 1955, the
    Tusla riot was in 1921. And even though Fed Hampton was assassinated by
    the cops (illegally and without due process) he wasn’t exactly a saint.
    He was trying to merge the Black Panthers with criminal street gangs,
    they were waging a war on the Chicago police. You have to try and keep a
    little perspective here brother. I know the PD was using brutal tactics
    and there was clear racism there, and Blacks still hadn’t achieved the
    equality the CRA promised, but that was also 50 years ago. America is a
    different country now.

    I may not know much but I do know that
    none of us are ever going to move forward so long as we keep looking
    back. You don’t want White people looking at us and thinking we all
    represent the same thing so you need to understand that White people do
    not all share the same ideas about race. The sooner you realize that the
    sooner you can move forward and start working on the real problem with
    the country, the lack of unity between people of different colors.

    • Johnny Silvercloud

      “You wantto know why the world wants Muslims to stand up and disavow Muslim terrorism? It’s because all Muslims share a common
      political/religious/social ideology.”

      Um, no they don’t. Would you consider lumping all Christians into one group line of thinking based off of Mormonism? Westboro Baptist Church? The “preacher” who wanted to burn Korans? Reverend Al Sharpton!? Muslims are pluralistic in thought…. like ANYONE else on this planet. The Muslim faith is nearly as diverse as Christians, and if you never visited the Middle-East, Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, you’d probably think every Muslim looks and acts like those who see in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and I’ll tell you up front that even Muslims in the Middle East do not act like Muslims in the Middle East. They are NOT all the same in thinking.

    • Johnny Silvercloud

      Also, I’m comparing international terrorism and response to DOMESTIC terrorism and response. Further, the flaw in your reasoning is that you attempt to subtract historical context from the situation at hand; America has a ROBUST history in regards to terrorism inflicted upon it’s own people.

      It’s categorically absurd on how you play into the common narrative that begs to remove any historical context involving black people in the United States (usually state sponsored/passively accepted violence). It’s pathetic. No one ever asks Jews to forget the Holocaust. No one ever ask Japanese to forget the concentration camps here in the States; even further no one ever demand China or Korea to forget the cruelties of the Japanese Empire, nor does anyone arrogantly demands that India forgets the British Empire’s cruelties.

      Only in America people are arrogant and ignorant enough to attempt to subtract from historical context as if black people in America’s history starts at 1970. Please, in context of WORLD HISTORY and how people around the WORLD are allowed to have history but Afro-Americans are not, this makes me sick to my stomach. South Africa are not told to forget Apartheid but America is consistently told to forget her own Apartheid.

      Why is this? You cannot use the argument of “it’s too long ago” when the nation was born through the Revolutionary War and that took place even longer ago. Why you DO choose to remove historical context from black people? White people are not told to forget about Alamo, forget about the Titanic, forget about 9/11. All of this is happening NOW. The KKK is functioning in Ferguson NOW. People are getting shot and killed and post-mortem demonized NOW. I’m very curious as to why you think black people in America are not allowed to remember a damn thing that happens in the States, or around the world past a certain date. Also, I like to find out what date that is. Can you enlighten myself and any readers please?

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