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Colorado Springs Bombing

08 Jan

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.

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4 Comments

Posted by on January 8, 2015 in Life, Opinion, randomness

 

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4 responses to “Colorado Springs Bombing

  1. 3boxesofbs

    January 8, 2015 at 11:25 am

    The bombing in Colorado Springs fortunately did not kill anyone.

    Do you think that might not have a little more to do with the lack of coverage then anything else?

    Every has heard of the maxim “if it bleeds, it leads” regarding media coverage; why should this be any different because of the target or suspect?

    maybe everyone needs to step back from the edge of victimhood and think of the profit motive instead.

    Bob S.

     
  2. Tim

    January 8, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Any attack, no matter how high the cost, bears investigating. And any attack, no matter the cost, deserves to be reported on. It was an attack that happened on US soil. It’s not victimhood that brings up these comments, it’s a third person view that sees something as really screwed up.

     
  3. 3boxesofbs

    January 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

    yes any attack bears investigating – are the not doing that?

    That is the problem the people are complaining about. They are upset that a bombing that did minor damage, injured no one didn’t get as much publicity as they wanted. That is playing the victim card — ‘anything that happens to us should be major news”.

    And before you call it terrorism; shouldn’t you know the motives of the person doing it?
    After all, we know the media occasionally gets things wrong.
    George Zimmerman – White. Richard Jewel – Bomber; for example.

     
  4. Tim

    January 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

    That’s not playing a victim card at all. Wanting to know information and looking to the media to give that information is not playing the victim card what so ever. And any act that threatens lives or ends lives is an act of terrorism.

     

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