Tennessee: March 22, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

Here’s the state of the Republican Party today.

In Tennessee, a Democratic rep in the state legislature introduced the following resolution in a committee: “[W]e urge law enforcement to recognize these white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations and to pursue the criminal elements of these domestic terrorist organizations in the same manner and with the same fervor used to protect the United States from other manifestations of terrorism.”

36 seconds after the Democrat motioned to have the resolution move out of committee, and with total silence from all of his Republican colleagues, it died in committee.

Yes. Republicans won’t even acknowledge that white nationalists and NAZIS are terrorists who should be pursued by law enforcement just like other terrorists.

I mean, I’m not surprised. Since 9/11, and even before, terrorism = brown people and Muslims.

Frankly, I’m not all that scared of Islamic terrorism. Why?

There were almost twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016, according to a new report from The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal.

Looking at both plots and attacks carried out, the group tracked 201 terrorist incidents on U.S. soil from January 2008 to the end of 2016. The database shows 115 cases by right-wing extremists ― from white supremacists to militias to “sovereign citizens” ― compared to 63 cases by Islamist extremists. Incidents from left-wing extremists, which include ecoterrorists and animal rights militants, were comparatively rare, with 19 incidents. (HuffPo)

That’s why. I’m much more likely to be killed by a right-wing extremist (or in a domestic violence incident, frankly) than by someone connected to radical Islam. But despite that, you won’t label white men as terrorists.

D

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