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Refusal to Call Charleston Shootings “Terrorism” Again Shows It’s a Meaningless Propaganda Term

June 21, 2015

This shooting is a textbook example of racially motivated terrorism. The shooter even specifically said he intends to incite a race war. I mean wow, it literally does not get any more clear cut than this.

I strongly urge everyone to read the full Greenwald article linked in the post below:

Stop Making Sense

Glenn Greenwald writes for The Intercept:

Refusal to Call Charleston Shootings “Terrorism” Again Shows It’s a Meaningless Propaganda Term[…] That’s why so many African-American and Muslim commentators and activists insisted that the term “terrorist” be applied: because it looked, felt and smelled exactly like other acts that are instantly branded “terrorism” when the perpetrator is Muslim and the victims largely white. It was very hard — and still is — to escape the conclusion that the term “terrorism,” at least as it’s predominantly used in the post-9/11 West, is about the identity of those committing the violence and the identity of the targets. It manifestly has nothing to do with some neutral, objective assessment of the acts being labelled.

The point here is not, as some very confused commentators suggested, to seek an expansion of the term “terrorism” beyond its current application. As someone who has spent the last decade more or less exclusively devoted to documenting the abuses and manipulations that term enables, the last thing…

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