In my previous conversation on the attack in France that killed 12 people, I completely forgot about something else which was important.
The absolute lack of reporting on a bombing attempt at an NAACP office in Colorado. A day later, and major news outlets are finally reporting on it. But most of the reporting isn’t on the attack itself, but on the complete frustration felt about the lack of reporting.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it wasn’t a major Tea Party building and the attacker wasn’t a Muslim or a POC. If it was, then you could be certain that it would have been top story. But it was one white, male driving a dirty white pick up truck with obscured plates. Obviously a lone wolf, right? There’s no way he could be a terrorist.
Which is another major problem. When a white male conducts acts of violence against a specific target, he is never touted as being a terrorist. But the act he commits is an act of terror. Timothy McVeigh, also known as the Oklahoma Bomber, was a terrorist. He killed 168 people, injured over 600. These aren’t acts of lone wolves. They are incited to violence thanks to heavy handed media presence that vilifies aspects of society.
In the case of the NAACP, that comes in the form of black people. The KKK holds influence in the United States, and there are those who hold value to the far right ideology that all those not white must be purged from the nation. The KKK itself is a terrorist group, but there are those in political office who won’t dare call them that because the KKK has some impressive backing by some influential people in business and politics.
Besides, white, Christian men can’t be terrorists, right?
For those not in the know, that last statement was sarcasm.
The bombing in Colorado Springs fortunately did not kill anyone. That does not downplay the fact that it was an act of terrorism and that the intent was to put fear into those who worked at the office. The intent was a message to send to visible minorities in the United States.
All of which has continued from the protests against police brutality and police murder. From the protests in Ferguson to the ones in New York, people are showing frustration with the absolute lack of apathy the police have toward the people they are supposed to protect. And it only gets worse when the KKK comes forward supporting the murderous actions of men like Darren Wilson.
Make no mistake, the bombing in Colorado Springs was an act of terror.