So why aren’t they referred to as what they are: terrorists?
On Oct. 8, it was announced by federal and state officials that 13 people had been charged in a plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan’s Democratic governor.
I knew right away that these alleged kidnappers were white men. In every press release I came across, there was no mention of their religion, ethnicity or motive. There were no pictures of any of the 13 people charged.
Instead, there were clean press releases reporting the facts. In America, only white men receive this treatment. It’s a certain level of respect and benefit of the doubt that mass media reserves only for them.
If they had been Black, their faces would have been plastered everywhere.
If they had been Muslim, allegations of religious extremism would be mentioned by every news source.
If these men had been anything other than white conservatives, they would be called terrorists.
They were plotting acts of terror. It’s not complicated.
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun unpacks and explains the kidnapping plot of Michigan’s governor, and why the white men behind it aren’t being called what they are: terrorists.