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White men have been committing acts of terror in this country for decades.   

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.

The Breakdown with Shaun King

Ep. 336 - Why aren't these men being called terrorists?

Feb 05, 2020

Full DESCRIPTION:

These white men, who were buying explosives and plotting to overthrow the government of Michigan, fit the literal definition of terrorists. Yet they aren't being labeled as such for two fundamental reasons that I want to share with you today. Let me unpack and explain it.
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White men have been committing acts of terror in this country for decades.   

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.

Ep. 336 - Why aren't these men being called terrorists?
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