Are white male terrorists a bigger threat to Americans than Islamic extremists? | The Tylt
President Trump responded very differently to the ISIS-inspired NYC terrorist attack than he did the mass shooting in Texas. While Trump continues to emphasize the need to protect Americans from Islamic extremists, the majority of terrorist attacks carried out in the U.S. have been perpetrated by white males. But ISIS and 9/11 loom large in the public consciousness, and polling shows 80 percent of likely U.S. voters consider radical Islamic terrorism to be a serious threat to national security. What do you think?
Are white male terrorists a bigger threat to Americans than Islamic extremists?
As Mehreen Kasana argues in Bustle, President Trump had very different reactions to the Texas shooting and the NYC attack.
Trump's statement on the church shooting on Sunday seemed to be significantly different than his statement on another recent violent incident in New York City. Shortly after a vehicle attack in Lower Manhattan killed eight people on Oct. 31, Trump had tweeted, "In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!"
Some observers said that the likelihood of Trump vociferously condemning the shooting hinged on the "skin color" of the shooter. "Will Trump condemn the shooting in Sutherland Springs? Sadly, that depends on the skin color of the shooter," one user tweeted.
President Trump has defended his executive order banning people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. by claiming he is protecting the nation from foreign terrorists. But after the disturbing mass shooting in Las Vegas, many have pointed out that white male terrorists kill significantly more Americans than Islamic extremists do. Jennifer Williams writes in Vox:
Radical Islamic terrorists inspired or directed by groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda do pose a clear threat to the US. There is no question about that... But here at home, the bigger threat has come from a very different kind of attacker, one with no ties to religion generally or Islamist extremism specifically.
In fact, between 2001 and 2015, more Americans were killed by homegrown right-wing extremists than by Islamist terrorists, according to a study by New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC.
The average citizen is far more likely to be killed by a fellow American with a gun than by a foreign terrorist.
But others argue Islamic terrorism poses a unique threat to our national security and should, therefore, be given special attention. Marc Champion writes in Bloomberg:
Other say that Islamist terrorism is different from that of prior militants such as those of the IRA or the Palestine Liberation Organization. That’s because al-Qaeda, Islamic State and their clones are transnational and their aims are rooted in religious belief, making negotiating with them difficult. These thinkers say that the desire to be politically correct prevents Western leaders from recognizing that international terrorism is specific to Islam and poses a tremendous threat.
And some believe liberals are hypocritical to treat responses to "white male terrorism" differently than responses to Islamic terrorism.
islamic terror is never called what it is, but im supposed to call this white male terrorism? maybe we just call it fucking insane and evil— Just Gus🇺🇸🌈🏳️🌈 (@gus_bur) August 14, 2017
Leftists after an Islamic terrorist attack: "we must defend Islam!"— James☝️Allsup (@realJamesAllsup) November 6, 2017
After Christians are massacred: "lol prayer doesn't work and is dumb"