Yesterday marked 5 years since Trayvon Martin was murdered for walking and wearing a hoodie. Since then, the list of names of young people of color gunned down by police and/or white nationalists has grown to a staggering number. On February 22, another name joined that list. Srinivas Kuchibhotla.
White supremacists/ right-wing extremists “were responsible for 74% of the 372 extremist-related murders from 2007 to 2016. And of the 45 police officers killed by domestic extremists since 2001, 34 were killed by right-wing extremists.” And yet, the media focuses directly on what the right likes to call “radical Islamic terrorism.” It’s almost as if terrorism doesn’t exist if it’s not brown. A republican congressman even challenged CNN to name more than 2 white nationalist attacks, because he truly did not believe they existed… because when crimes are committed against brown/black people, they don’t count.
When I searched for information about Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s brutal murder, I was stunned by how few major news outlets have covered it. After all, a white man from Kansas shot and murdered a man he assumed was Muslim while screaming “get out of my country,” so I really did expect to see some major coverage. I didn’t. And in a (not at all) shocking move, the White House seems to have forgotten to mention anything about it; that silence speaks volumes.
Furthermore, his murderer, Adam Purinton, has not been branded a ‘terrorist.’ He hasn’t even been charged with a hate crime. So for anyone wondering why we still say Black and Brown Lives Matter, this is why. Because a white man from Kansas can walk into a bar and shoot 3 people, killing one, all while screaming racial slurs and demanding that they get out of *his* country… and STILL not be charged with a hate crime or viewed as a terrorist.
A Muslim man with a machete runs at, but kills NO ONE in France? Trump is incensed and can’t keep his tiny fingers off the keyboard of his unsecured android device.
Also, take a second to look at the #NoRefugees hashtag on Twitter. It is vile. It is full of Trump’s followers. And it is full of propaganda of the likes you’ve never seen before (brought to you in part by Bannon’s Trump-machine, Breitbart). Also, can anyone tell me why on earth Chuck Shumer is following that Luigi fellow? Because come on.
But when it’s white nationalists on US soil plotting or successfully carrying out the murders of people of color? The White House of White America seems perfectly fine with that. White America is silent. Or celebrating.
This is what’s wrong with America: far-right extremism and white nationalism. So you can blame people of color all you want, but no #alternativefacts here.
The most deadly man in this country right now is the right-wing white supremacist. Period.
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And remember, the most patriotic thing you can do today is to #resist.