Media And Law Enforcement Quickly Call Tenn. Shooter A ‘Terrorist’ — But Dylann Roof Wasn’t?

On Thursday, a young man pulled his car up to two military installations, fired his weapons and killed four Marines. The media and law enforcement officials immediately labeled the shooting an act of “domestic terrorism.” Last month, a young man walked into a historical black church, fired his weapon and killed nine churchgoers. In the days that followed the word terrorist wasn’t uttered once by any law enforcement officials and neither did the mainstream media. So, why did only one crime become terrorism? I have an idea!

In the hours after the shooting that took the lives of four Marines in Tennessee, law enforcement officials named a 24-year-old naturalized citizen from Kuwait, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, as the shooter. As soon as the media found out that he was a practicing Muslim, the word “terrorist” started flying.

Local Chattanooga prosecutors said that they were investigating the shooting as an act of “domestic terrorism.” A senior U.S. law enforcement official told us that Abdulazzez’s father was on a terrorist watch list after giving money to a suspicious organization, but he was removed after a short period of time.

Then, adding to the Muslim terrorist narrative, we found out that the shooter had taken a trip to the Middle East last year. Holy cow! That just smells of ISIS training camp!

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said:

“We will treat this as a terrorism investigation until it can be determined it was not.”

That was quick!

The F.B.I., who is in charge of the investigation, announced on Friday that they could not find any ties between Abdulazzez and any international terrorist organizations, that he was a “lone wolf” shooter, but that hasn’t stopped the media and other law enforcement officials from screaming “TERRORISM!” far and wide. After all, he was Muslim and… what is the popular right-wing saying? “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim.”

There it is.

You see, Dylann Roof was NEVER called a terrorist by law enforcement officials or the mainstream media; the white shooters are never terrorists. Sure they usually kill more than four people; Roof killed nine; Adam Lanza killed twenty-seven: the list could go on and on. But these guys aren’t terrorists.

Those shooters, the white ones, were:

  • “misguided youth”
  • “listened to demonic musicians like Marilyn Manson”
  • “antisocial”
  • “autistic” (one of my favorites that is almost always bullshit)
  • “played violent video games”
  • “isolated incidents”
  • “came from a broken home and had issues associated with his parents’ divorce”
  • “was a real nice boy”

I could go on and on and on and on.

Muslims are always terrorists and white. Christians are not.

It’s the same kind of nonsense when black kids are “thugs,” but white kids “didn’t mean to do it!”

We see this every single time there is an act of violence against a group of people in this country. The brown guys are always “terrorists” right away and it just continues to feed into this misguided belief that “Muslims are scary and hate the West.”

Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter, said he was trying to start a race war. He was a terrorist. Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school and killed 20 babies, six teachers, and his mother before that. He was a terrorist and we all know it, because there wasn’t a parent in this country who didn’t think about that bloodshed when they dropped their kids off at school in the days following Sandy Hook.

Their have been more acts of domestic terrorism committed by white Americans since 9/11 (and even before) than acts of terrorism committed by “others.” Yet, the media still ignores it.

Bigotry is so ingrained in our country that even the narratives after tragedies are shaped by it, and that is pretty disgusting. Do I think the Tennessee shooter was a terrorist? I have no idea what motivated him, because he didn’t say; but, I know Dylann Roof was, and so do you, because he told us.

So why has the media and law enforcement STILL refused to acknowledge that?

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