Duke, Che and Reader Pray: "Let Him Be White"

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“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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As we now move into the official Political Aftermath period of the Boston bombing — the period that will determine the long-term legislative fallout of the atrocity — the dynamics of privilege will undoubtedly influence the nation’s collective reaction to the attacks. That’s because privilege tends to determine: 1) which groups are — and are not — collectively denigrated or targeted for the unlawful actions of individuals; and 2) how big and politically game-changing the overall reaction ends up being.

This has been most obvious in the context of recent mass shootings. In those awful episodes, a religious or ethnic minority group lacking such privilege would likely be collectively slandered and/or targeted with surveillance or profiling (or worse) if some of its individuals comprised most of the mass shooters. However, white male privilege means white men are not collectively denigrated/targeted for those shootings — even though most come at the hands of white dudes.

Likewise, in the context of terrorist attacks, such privilege means white non-Islamic terrorists are typically portrayed not as representative of whole groups or ideologies, but as “lone wolf” threats to be dealt with as isolated law enforcement matters. Meanwhile, non-white or developing-world terrorism suspects are often reflexively portrayed as representative of larger conspiracies, ideologies and religions that must be dealt with as systemic threats — the kind potentially requiring everything from law enforcement action to military operations to civil liberties legislation to foreign policy shifts.

“White privilege is knowing that even if the bomber turns out to be white, no one will call for your group to be profiled as terrorists as a result, subjected to special screening or threatened with deportation,” writes author Tim Wise.“White privilege is knowing that if this bomber turns out to be white, the United States government will not bomb whatever corn field or mountain town or stale suburb from which said bomber came, just to ensure that others like him or her don’t get any ideas. And if he turns out to be a member of the Irish Republican Army we won’t bomb Dublin. And if he’s an Italian-American Catholic we won’t bomb the Vatican.”

Because of these undeniable and pervasive double standards, the specific identity of the Boston Marathon bomber (or bombers) is not some minor detail — it will almost certainly dictate what kind of governmental, political and societal response we see in the coming weeks. That means regardless of your particular party affiliation, if you care about everything from stopping war to reducing the defense budget to protecting civil liberties to passing immigration reform, you should hope the bomber was a white domestic terrorist. Why? Because only in that case will privilege work to prevent the Boston attack from potentially undermining progress on those other issues.

To know that’s true is to simply consider how America reacts to different kinds of terrorism.

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To know that’s true is to simply consider how America reacts to different kinds of terrorism.

Though FBI data show fewer terrorist plots involving Muslims than terrorist plots involving non-Muslims, America has mobilized a full-on war effort exclusively against the prospect of Islamic terrorism. Indeed, the moniker “War on Terrorism” has come to specifically mean “War on Islamic Terrorism,” involving everything from new laws like the Patriot Act, to a new torture regime, to new federal agencies like the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security, to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to mass surveillance of Muslim communities.

By contrast, even though America has seen a consistent barrage of attacks from domestic non-Islamic terrorists, the privilege and double standards baked into our national security ideologies means those attacks have resulted in no systemic action of the scope marshaled against foreign terrorists. In fact, it has been quite the opposite — according to Darryl Johnson, the senior domestic terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, the conservative movement backlash to merely reporting the rising threat of such domestic terrorism resulted in DHS seriously curtailing its initiatives against that particular threat.(Irony alert: When it comes specifically to fighting white non-Muslim domestic terrorists, the right seems to now support the very doctrine it criticized Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry for articulating — the doctrine that sees fighting terrorism as primarily “an intelligence-gathering, law-enforcement, public-diplomacy effort” and not something more systemic.)

Enter the Boston bombing. Coming at the very moment the U.S. government is planning to withdraw from Afghanistan, considering cuts to the Pentagon budget, discussing civil liberties principles and debating landmark immigration legislation, the attack could easily become the fulcrum of all of those contentious policy debates — that is, depending on the demographic profile of the assailant.

If recent history is any guide, if the bomber ends up being a white anti-government extremist, white privilege will likely mean the attack is portrayed as just an isolated incident — one that has no bearing on any larger policy debates. Put another way, white privilege will work to not only insulate whites from collective blame, but also to insulate the political debate from any fallout from the attack.

It will probably be much different if the bomber ends up being a Muslim and/or a foreigner from the developing world. As we know from our own history, when those kind of individuals break laws in such a high-profile way, America often cites them as both proof that entire demographic groups must be targeted, and that therefore a more systemic response is warranted. At that point, it’s easy to imagine conservatives citing Boston as a reason to block immigration reform defense spending cuts and the Afghan War withdrawal and to further expand surveillance and other encroachments on civil liberties.

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If that sounds hard to believe, just look at yesterday’s comments by right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham, whose talking points often become Republican Party doctrine. Though authorities haven’t even identified a suspect in the Boston attack, she (like other conservatives) seems to already assume the assailant is foreign, and is consequently citing the attack as rationale to slam the immigration reform bill.

The same Laura Ingraham, of course, was one of the leading voices criticizing the Department of Homeland Security for daring to even report on right-wing domestic terrorism. In that sense, she perfectly embodies the double standard that, more than anything, will determine the long-term political impact of the Boston bombing.
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This case has me wondering. If it was an Islamic terror group, wouldn't they have claimed responsibility by now?
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Look at you Georgie. Creating a whole thread designed to spit on the victims of a tragedy just to try to malign three screen names. That is the most pathetic and vile thing I have seen on Topix. And to do it to your own hometown to boot. Shameful.

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This case has me wondering. If it was an Islamic terror group, wouldn't they have claimed responsibility by now?
It might be a lone wolf like the guy who tried to car bomb Times Square three years ago.

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Look at you Georgie. Creating a whole thread designed to spit on the victims of a tragedy just to try to malign three screen names. That is the most pathetic and vile thing I have seen on Topix. And to do it to your own hometown to boot. Shameful.
Perhaps you should ask your dad about the thread he started about "breakfast."
Then you should go back to school and learn reading comprehension to see that the Salon article is written by and for sick scum bags like you, Douche and Reader.

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Experts Skeptical Homegrown Terrorists Were Behind Boston Bombings

one message from domestic terrorism experts is clear: Most of the evidence points against an antigovernment group being responsible for the attack. Several militia groups, who fiercely and sometimes violently fight to keep their Second Amendment rights, have come out against the bombings in Boston.

While some of the factors surrounding the Boston bombings could point to these groups—a simplistic homemade bomb, causing mass casualties, falling on Tax Day—other factors don’t add up. For many of these groups, the date that most matters to them is not Tax Day or Patriots’ Day or even Hitler’s birthday, but the anniversary of the Waco siege (pictured below). On April 19, 1993, 76 people died when a radical, antigovernment sect’s compound in Texas burnt to the ground after days of firefights with federal officials. When Timothy McVeigh bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people, it fell on the anniversary of the Waco raid, which he cited as a motivation for the attack.

Other members of antitax groups, who believe in a constitutional right not to pay a federal income tax, have attacked the Internal Revenue Service in previous instances. In February 2010, a man flew a small plane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas, killing himself and one other person.

In Monday’s case, though, the target was not a federal building or the IRS. This bombing at the Boston Marathon, experts say, doesn’t fit with the previous attacks from Patriot Movement types.

“When you think about it, the target is not clear,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.“What the target was not was the government, or the IRS, or a minority group—black people, gay people, Muslims, immigrants, Latinos, and so on. It wasn’t targeted at any sort of specific subgroup.”

Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, agreed, saying this target didn’t feel like the work of extreme right-wing terrorists since it had no clear connection to the government.

“The bottom line is that no domestic extremist movement, just based on their ideology alone, would have a huge reason to attack the Boston Marathon,” Pitcavage said.“The prominence of the event could cause anybody from a variety of movements to carry out an attack like that.”
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Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
writes author Tim Wise.
A professional self-hating-white, seriously he is.

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rowdy01 wrote:
This case has me wondering. If it was an Islamic terror group, wouldn't they have claimed responsibility by now?
May have been a solo Islamist, who never actually met with anyone but copied the plans from the internet.
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Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Perhaps you should ask your dad about the thread he started about "breakfast."
Then you should go back to school and learn reading comprehension to see that the Salon article is written by and for sick scum bags like you, Douche and Reader.
The thread I started about breakfast was a thread about tasty beans for breakfast in Costa Rica.

This one is vile.

You've really lost your mind George.

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Duke for Mayor wrote:
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The thread I started about breakfast was a thread about tasty beans for breakfast in Costa Rica.
This one is vile.
You've really lost your mind George.
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It's copied and pasted from Salon.com , a major leftist site.

The left really does have a problem with whites, and white males even more.

Why else would they have an obesession with reducing us into minority?
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Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Perhaps you should ask your dad about the thread he started about "breakfast."
Then you should go back to school and learn reading comprehension to see that the Salon article is written by and for sick scum bags like you, Douche and Reader.
The discussion is about this thread you started. This bombing has you in troll heaven, almost like it was made to order for your sick vile purpose.

In fact, just where were you Monday afternoon? You were not around to comment on the bombing until later in the evening. Normally you are here all that time.

That gap in your usual posting routine is enough time to fly from Boston to Columbus....
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-The-Artist- wrote:
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It's copied and pasted from Salon.com , a major leftist site.
The left really does have a problem with whites, and white males even more.
Why else would they have an obesession with reducing us into minority?
Karl, I know what it is, but thanks.

Why anyone with one iota of common sense would waste their time reading beyond the first two lines, or give it any serious consideration as thoughtful commentary, let alone paste it up on a board is beyond me.

But Paco gets mad at me for pointing out that people eat beans in Costa Rica.

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-The-Artist- wrote:
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It's copied and pasted from Salon.com , a major leftist site.
The left really does have a problem with whites, and white males even more.
Why else would they have an obesession with reducing us into minority?
It's not the article, Karl, it's the title of the thread. Georgie is using a national tragedy as a weapon in his strange, obsessive vendetta with three Topix posters. It's disgraceful. George said so himself.
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Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Perhaps you should ask your dad about the thread he started about "breakfast."
Then you should go back to school and learn reading comprehension to see that the Salon article is written by and for sick scum bags like you, Douche and Reader.
You are such a vile little man for trying to use this horrible event as fodder in a meaningless argument with screen names. You said it yourself, Francis.
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The discussion is about this thread you started. This bombing has you in troll heaven, almost like it was made to order for your sick vile purpose.
In fact, just where were you Monday afternoon? You were not around to comment on the bombing until later in the evening. Normally you are here all that time.
That gap in your usual posting routine is enough time to fly from Boston to Columbus....
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This guy was either inspired by, trained by or an actual member of al Qaeda.
All of the footprints are there.
Watch and see
It's just as probable that the guy was Hezbollah. Recall that Hezbollah is known to have sleeper cells here and carried out an attack in Bulgaria last year.

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I am sure it was not a white Hispanic.
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