Over the weekend, a group of armed militia occupied a government building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, protesting unfair federal ownership of lands in the region.
Make no mistake—this is an act of domestic terrorism. Yet much of the mainstream media has refused to define it as such, instead latching onto phrases such as “peaceful protestors” and “armed patriots.” This starkly contrasts the way protestors of color are characterized (despite being unarmed), particularly in previous coverage of incidents such as Ferguson. While the media may be unwilling to call a spade a spade, Twitter has no such qualms.
Hashtags with wordplay on jihadist terminology surfaced such as #YallQaeda, #VanillaISIS, #YeeHawdists, #Talibundy, and #YokelHaram—hilarious and conveying the point that terrorism is still terrorism, despite the militia members being white.
White people demanding that land that never belonged to them be returned to them, which is just the white-est. #YallQaeda— Daniel La Spata (@therealDFLS) January 4, 2016
#YallQaeda is brilliant, full of teeth. Satire saves us from a dismal reality at times. Terrorism is fine in this country so long as ????????????— TariqTouré ???? ???? (@TariqToure) January 3, 2016
The emergence of #VanillaISIS in Oregon sparks fears of radicalizing disaffected hipsters in Portland.— Khaled Bey (@KhaledBeydoun) January 4, 2016
If and when mainstream media outlets fail us, we can always rely on Twitter for some much-needed satirical truth.
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