Orlando: Home-Grown Terror
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/07/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21444
In some ways the most shocking thing about Orlando may be that it's hardly shocking at all, in context. Only the scale is unusual.
In today's America, women's health clinics, Black churches, mosques and a Jewish community center have been assaulted by terror and hate attacks. The perpetrator in almost every case is a male with some kind of individual pathology, obsessive hatred and often a violent history. That's how its understood when the criminal is white and drawn toward one or another neo-nazi, skinhead or racist ideology.
But when the perpetrators aren't white or Christian - e.g. the Tsarnaev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing, Syed Farooq in San Bernardino or Omar Mateen in Orlando - it's not recognized the same way. Rather it gets portrayed as an expression of "radical Islam" penetrating our borders from outside, borne by a mythical horde of unscreened and uncontrolled Muslim immigrants.