Days After a Racist Terrorist Attack Society Is Ready to Move On
Only eight days after a terrorist attack targeting Black people Donald Trump is promoting the idea of civil war. While this is not surprising coming from the former president, trying to forget what happened in Buffalo while “civil war” trends on social media is much more dangerous and problematic than people realize. The current environment in the United States makes it a very dangerous place for non-white people.
Too many people are dismissive of the Buffalo terrorist. Pre-programmed ideas of lone wolves always take over the conversation when terrorists are white. Conversations about gun control, economic anxiety, and even a toothache drown out the conversations that need to be had. Just saying the shooter is a neo-Nazi or racist also dismisses the bigger problem (looking at you Ben Collins).
Lone wolves are a myth. White men are radicalized by the words and deeds of those that came before them. They associate with specific crowds and discuss extremist ideas and express their hate for non-white people. They then spread their fundamentalist ideas to the general public via social media channels that allow them to operate unabated; inciting one another to commit hateful acts against non-white communities — whether verbal, physical, or outright murder.
To use language that was used against Muslims: they’re terrorist cells.
Black people and Latinos are bearing the brunt of increased hate crimes. If we were to track every single incident as the AAPI community does, we’d likely double and triple those numbers respectively. Fact is, the only method of tracking hate crimes against non-Asian communities is by using the federal database numbers that not all police departments report to.
We should applaud the efforts the AAPI community is taking and mimic what they’re doing. It’s impactful and can drive awareness. As it stands now, because of how data is collected about hate crimes and how the media and silicon valley are focused solely on the AAPI community, most don’t know of these disparities. The federal database has always been a good marker for what’s happening in regards to hateful attacks on Black people and…