The Oct. 27, 2016 New York Times article, “Refugees Felt at Home Until White Militia Came” is a subtle whitewash of American anti-Muslim terrorism. Although 3 men were charged with domestic terrorism, the Times chose to characterize the plotters as “members of a White Militia”, the Crusaders of Kansas, and does not call them terrorists, or even “accused terrorists”.
When the article refers to terrorism it is linked to Somalis, or the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. This reinforces the association of ‘terrorism’ with Muslims and the immigrant community. It is not fair to the Somalis and other residents of Garden City, Kansas. They are suffering from a terrorist attack that the media refuses to acknowledge and this will make the healing more difficult.
We have a long history of hiding the truth about domestic terrorism. We avoid teaching our children about the genocide of Native Americans. We redefine anti-black violence as school segregation, drinking fountain privileges, and sitting rights on buses. And now we avoid clear talk about Right Wing Christian terrorism.
Until we face our weaknesses we will never become strong.