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“White Terrorist is “Gunman,” “Alleged Shooter,” no Mention of Wingnut ‘New World Order’ Beef” on In formed Comment

Reference: http://www.juancole.com/2013/11/terrorist-mention-wingnut.html

Ultimately, Ciancia is depicted as a quiet and troubled loner, probably mentally unbalanced, and his right wing political commitments and conspiracy theories are not even mentioned. That put-upon “whites” in an America becoming majority multi-ethnic and multi-cultural have developed an extremist ideology centering on their betrayal at the hands of a government subordinating itself to a world dominated by non-whites is not deemed worthy of being part of the analysis.

It is worth considering this language because we know how he would have been treated in the press had he been Arab or Muslim. His ideology and what he had faith in would have taken precedence over his being a conspiracy theorist or mentally unbalanced. Likely the word “terrorist” would have appeared in the article.

I’ve noticed this double standard a lot and it drives me crazy. Why is the mainstream media so resistant to using the T word with whites and almost eager to pin it on people of color? Why is it never ok to examine Tea Party beliefs behind a crime? This last is a rhetorical question.

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