Food for thought (FFT): I learned a new word after domestic terrorists staged a coup on the Capitol–insurrection. I thought it was a biblical word, but it means an uprising against the government. The media settled on using that euphemistic term to describe the terror unleashed on Capitol Hill by Trump and his enablers on January 6, 2021.
I have a problem with the term. It is confusing, and it separates terrorism committed by white men and women from terrorism committed by Muslims and people of color. It gives the appearance that these terrorists had some moral grievance with the government, unlike terrorists from non-white groups.
Not using the term terrorism downgrades the crime to one that could be justified and go unpunished.
I see the use of the term as another instance of structural racism where crimes committed by white men and women are not taken as seriously. Even after the acts of violence and five dead, you hear people wanting unity with the terrorists. Fox, Newsmax, and conservative media support the terrorists. They want to shift blame to a group that exists in name only for conservative groups to scapegoat their criminal activities.
There are now polls conducted to see if storming the Capitol and leaving five people dead is a crime or a threat to democracy. How can America regain global trust or credibility among its diverse citizenry when so many embrace and justify domestic terrorism?
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