Just days after Donald Trump made it clear that he wasn’t necessarily against the KKK’s endorsement for his presidency, a horrific attack involving three white supremacists took place at a playground in Los Angeles, California.
Where is the outrage? Has Trump’s “c'est la vie” attitude toward the KKK seeped into the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere, whether they are right-leaning or not?
It certainly might appear that way.
According to reports by major media outlets like ABC 7 News, FoxNews, NBC, Salon, and Raw Story, three white supremacists assaulted three Hispanic teens in Stephen Sorensen Park while screaming “Heil Hitler” and other racial slurs, waving around a wallet with a confederate flag until a family intervened.
At that point, one of the three attackers pulled out a knife and began to threaten the family, police said.
“They just started beating them up,” the father of that family, who wished to remain anonymous, explained to NBC Los Angeles. “They started coming towards us, and they pulled out some knives, and they were saying they would kill us.”
The police are investigating the attack as a hate crime, but that’s not really what this was: this was an act of terrorism.
According to the FBI, a terrorism is defined as, “The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
To bring this concept into a better light, it’s important to note that this incident happened one day—that’s right, one day—after five KKK members were arrested for stabbing three counter-protestors at a KKK rally in nearby Anaheim.
Police said that they were acting in self-defense and all five members were released.
In case anyone still has doubts that this is a clear act of terrorism, listen to what Muslim American author Dalia Mogahed said a few months back during an interview with MSNBC:
“When you look at the majority of terrorist attacks in the United States, according to the FBI, the majority of domestic terror attacks are actually committed by white, male Christians.”
Take into account that right-wingers like Trump can’t seem to publicly shame the KKK and their actions without first consulting with lawyers, campaign managers, and PR agents, and you have a perfect storm that allows people like the KKK to promote terrorism without so much as a whisper amongst the FBI that they should be investigated, condemned, and convicted for their actions.
The only way to right this wrong is to talk about it, continually report it, share with friends, and call out the police departments, presidential candidates, and any other authority figure for not stepping up and protecting their citizens from these terrorists.
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