James Loughner, White Domestic Terrorist.
On January 8, a 22-year old opened fire at a public forum in Tucson Arizona, killing a federal judge, a 9-year old and seriously wounding Congresswoman Giffords and some of her staffers.
And despite mainstream media silence, we knew the race of the perpetrator instantly. No one said “a black man opened fire” and CNN was insisting that this was not an act of terrorism. So we could assume that the mass murderer was neither black nor Latino. The definition of white is someone who is not non-white. He was not non-white. He was white. Later, reports would confirm the assumption. Politicians came out in numbers to condemn this “senseless and violence act” but no public official would call it what it was: an act of domestic terrorism.
One definition of terrorism offered by the U.S. government describes terrorism as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” How does Jame Loughner not fit that description? Terrorism must then have a different definition and Loughner does not meet it. His middle name is not Mohammad and he isn’t non-white. Despite a Youtube video from Loughner where he defines himself as a terrorist, the media refuses to call him that.
Instead, he’s described as mentally ill and unstable, a lone gunman whose actions do not speak for a larger community. That’s what you call white privilege. And I’m glad he is white. For if he was black or brown, we’d have many people justifying “senseless acts of violence and vitriol” against communities of color, calling for internment camps and stricter immigration measures.
For now, we can relax and enjoy the brief hiatus of political violence against our communities. Or can we?
Official brownness scale must not be used for racial profiling
happy cinco de mayo.
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. “
This one was hilarious as well!
Caught Dora Slippin in Arizona :(
And as always, it is the young people that first and foremost exert their right to be fully human. Over the last few days we have witnessed thousands and thousands of students assembling at the state capital in Arizona. They raise their voices for freedom, justice, and dignity. Understand that this is more than a political protest. It is a cry for life and a cry for a secure and free future for all people.
We must support their energy and their insistence on solidarity with their families. They have grown up, as generations before them, witnessing the daily indignity that their families suffer. They have seen the pride of their fathers, grandmothers, brothers, and cousins broken by the crushing force of history upon them, by the weight of their birthplace and skin color. They have seen years of hard work undervalued by fear and their wealth lost to laws that protect exploiters. They have watched the concern in their mothers’ eyes for their safety,for their futures, for any signs of hope, and for all signals of danger. The mothers say: Cuidate. Please, be careful my child.
— Gihan Perera, Executive Director of the Miami Workers Center, writes for the Huffington Post: “The Time is Now - A Declaration for a Free Arizona” (via citizens4immigrants)
Fantastic: Google’s New Avoid-Arizona feature. LOL - Satire.
Traveling cross-country and afraid that your beautiful dark complexion might cause you some trouble with law enforcement officials in a certain desert state with a new immigration law?
Try Google Maps’ new Avoid Arizona option.
Jon Stewart on SB 1070 - Arizona is the meth lab of democracy.
“It turns out Arizona is the meth lab of democracy.”