Why Is The FBI Refusing To Call Charleston Massacre A Terrorist Attack?

Ever since white supremacist Dylann Roof embarked on a bloody, long-planned massacre of nine African-Americans at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, with the explicit intent of furthering an extremist right wing agenda, many things have happened:

…And yet the FBI still, two weeks later, has not labeled Roof’s atrocity as “terrorism.” How is this even possible?

The FBI defines “terrorism” as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives,” and Title 22 of U.S. Code, Section 2656f(d) defines it as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.”

By Roof’s own admission, his mission was to kill a bunch of black people and spark a new Civil War — a goal that was certainly aimed at intimidating or coercing both the government and the civilian population. In his manifesto, Roof wrote a chilling explanation of his reason for the attack on a historic African-American church that left nine dead:

“I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”

Despite that Roof committed a clear act of terrorism — one that he had been planning for six months –FBI Director James Comey refused to call the gruesome attack “terrorism.”

“Terrorism is act of violence done or threatens to in order to try to influence a public body or citizenry so it’s more of a political act and again based on what I know so more I don’t see it as a political act,” Comey said at a June press conference.

Seriously? The only way Roof could have been more clear that he was engaging in terrorism is if he had actually called himself a terrorist.

It has been two weeks since Roof murdered nine people with the expressly-stated goal of starting a race war. Yet, for some reason, we won’t call him a terrorist.

This might be white privilege at its peak.

By way of direct comparison, Floyd Corkins II entered the offices of the anti-gay hate group, the Family Research Counsel — child molester Josh Duggar’s former employer — with the intent to shoot a bunch of homophobes and smear Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in their hateful faces, he was quickly (and rightfully) labeled a terrorist.

Corkins planned his attack in advance, was motivated by a political ideology — a distaste for the group’s bigoted viewpoints and attempts to harm the LGBT community — and was attempting to use violence to instill fear in a group of people.

Fortunately, a heroic security guard managed to stop Corkins’ attack before anyone was killed, and Corkins became the first ever convicted under Washington D.C.’s 2002 Anti-Terrorism Act — and with good reason, as Corkins is a terrorist. So what was the difference? Corkins is an African-American.

So, in post-racial America, a black man can fail in his mission to attack a hate group and earn the title, yet a white man can murder nine African-Americans inside a historic black church in an effort to revive the Confederacy, and we’re lucky it’s called a hate crime.

It’s about time that we realize that the true threat to our country does not come without — it comes from the American right-wing. Floyd Corkins was an outlier, Dylann Roof is just the latest in a long line of violent acts either planned or successfully carried out by right wing extremists.

This is the new face of terrorism in America: White. Angry. Conservative.

At this point, we have two choices: We can accept that the American Right Wing is becoming increasingly radicalized, and take steps to protect our nation from this growing threat…

Or, we can wait until it’s too late. We’ve been ignoring the threat for too long:

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