During a segment last week, CNN’s Don Lemon made an accurate and factual statement. Since this is America, the land of the aggrieved, there was immediate condemnation and calls for him to apologize.
While talking about a shooting at a Kroger in Kentucky where a white man killed two people, both black, Lemon said, “The biggest terror threat in this country is white men.” In doing so, he reminds us that white men, who complain about political correctness, are the biggest whiners in this country. Old, white, conservative men present themselves as the most victimized in society, despite a political and legal system that mostly benefits them.
White racists, like Donald Trump did yesterday, will tell you that pointing out their racism is racist, but Don Lemon is right.
The Government Accountability Office issued a report that says the vast majority of deadly attacks in this country from 2001 to 2016 were carried out by far-right violent extremists.
A 2017 report from the Nation Institutes Investigative Fund says far-right plots and attacks outnumber Islamist incidents by almost two to one.
The Anti-Defamation League says home-grown extremists of all kinds killed at least 372 people in the U.S. from 2007 to 2016. Right-wing extremists were responsible for 74 percent of deaths. Left-wing extremists were responsible for only two percent.
The nonpartisan think tank, New America, looked at attacks in this country for the time between 9/11 and Charlottesville. They found that of the domestic terror attacks, 68 were by far-right groups. Only eight were by left-wing or black separatist groups.
The narrative from conservatives is that we need to fear Muslims, Hispanic gangs, Antifa, and Black Panthers. We need travel bans on Muslims and a wall on our southern border to protect us. Meanwhile, they’re silent on protecting us from guys who mail pipe bombs, shoot up synagogues, or kill people in schools and concerts, like what happened in Thousand Oaks, California this week when a white gunman killed twelve people.
In fact, groups like the National Rifle Association are helping white terrorists. A state law banning the types of magazines the shooter used in Thousand Oaks is currently not being enforced because it’s held up in court; by a lawsuit from…wait for…the National Rifle Association.
This mass shooting was brought to you by your friends at the NRA. But let’s get angry at Don Lemon.
Correction: I originally wrote that the Kroger shooter killed two back men, which was wrong. He killed one man and one woman. Thanks, to the comment below for the correction.
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