Spence Whitney Profile picture
Mar 21, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
I will never understand the reason to paint killers as meek and quiet. They killed people...I don't care if they were polite at home.
How can you be from a "tight-knit family" when your family obviously had no idea what was going on?
The idea that you have to be attached to a larger ideology to be considered a "terrorist" is ridiculous. If you're mailing bombs to people, that's terrorism.
Even when the killer is a "radical Christian extremist" or "white supremacist" causing terror, they still don't get the title or "terrorist." Terrorism is just for Brown folks I guess.
Word choice matters because it frames the conversation. There’s a lot more sympathy for a “troubled youth” than a “terrorist targeting Black families.”
Unarmed Black men get murdered by police and the article will question their credit history, 3rd grade reading test scores and family upbringing.
White, teenage, domestic terrorist mailing bombs and we get an article about how the family is shocked and their son was such a good kid.
There’s a pattern here and it’s wild that the FBI is focused more on “Black and Muslim extremists” than the domestic terrorists in their own backyard.
The #AustinBombings ended when that teenager literally blew himself up. In any other case, a suicide bomber is a “terrorist” right??

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