Glenn Greenwald: ‘Terrorism’ Is a Meaningless Propaganda TermReviewing media coverage of the killing of nine people at a church in South Carolina, Glenn Greenwald points out that the media and officialdom apply the word “terrorist” only to Muslims and other minorities in the U.S. “engaged in acts that have no resemblance to what people usually think of when they hear the term.”
Reviewing media coverage of the killing of nine people at a church in South Carolina, Glenn Greenwald points out that the media and officialdom apply the word “terrorist” only to Muslims and other minorities in the U.S. “engaged in acts that have no resemblance to what people usually think of when they hear the term.”
Greenwald writes at The Intercept:
That is the crucial backdrop for yesterday’s debate over whether the term “terrorism” applies to the heinous shooting by a white nationalist of nine African-Americans praying in a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Almost immediately, news reports indicated there was “no sign of terrorism” — by which they meant: it does not appear that the shooter is Muslim.
Yet other than the perpetrator’s non-Muslim identity, the Charleston attack from the start had the indicia of what is commonly understood to be “terrorism.” Specifically, the suspected shooter was clearly a vehement racist who told witnesses at the church that he was acting out of racial hatred and a desire to force African-Americans “to go.” His violence was the byproduct of and was intended to publicize and forward his warped political agenda, and was clearly designed to terrorize the community he hates.
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.
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