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Thu Feb 12, 2015, 07:23 AM

‘Lone Wolf,’ ‘Self-Radicalized': Islamophobic Buzzwords never applied to White Terrorists

http://www.juancole.com/2015/02/radicalized-islamophobic-terrorists.html

‘Lone Wolf,’ ‘Self-Radicalized': Islamophobic Buzzwords never applied to White Terrorists
By Juan Cole | Feb. 12, 2015

Did a self-radicalized lone wolf white terrorist kill three young Muslim students in cold blood in Chapel Hill? It is a kind of a stupid question, but its stupidity is just more apparent when asked of someone with an English last name. What does self-radicalized or lone wolf even mean?

Craig Hicks constantly shared anti-Muslim and anti-Christian links on social media and proclaimed to believers, ““I have every right to insult a religion that goes out of its way to insult, to judge, and to condemn me as an inadequate human being — which your religion does with self-righteous gusto…” I think we may conclude that he didn’t like Muslims, and one of the victims told her father that before her death. While he may have been provoked to his rage by a parking incident and while he clearly is one egg short of an omelette, the “new atheist” discourse of believers as oppressive and coercive per se is part of his problem.

“Terrorism” has been racialized in the American press and law enforcement community, marked as having to do with Muslims but almost never used to refer to people of northern European background. A few years ago, when a police spokesman said that “We have concluded that event was not terrorism,” likely what he meant is that no Muslims were involved or that no cell or organization was.

Racializing dissent has an old genealogy in American politics. In the early twentieth century, Jewish-American immigrants were suspected of socialism and Italian-Americans of anarchism. In the Red Scare of 1917-1920, workers who joined labor actions were falsely accused of Communism and were targeted for mob violence, especially if they had “foreign names.” African-Americans who had come north to work in factories during the war, filling a domestic labor shortage, were likewise tagged as subversive. Somehow persons of English ancestry with names like Worthington — even if they were blue collar workers– were not assumed to be Communists or foreign agents or radicals. Russian-Americans were deported. In Illinois after the war, a mob attacked Italian-Americans and razed their homes.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 07:54 AM

1. "the “new atheist” discourse of believers as oppressive and coercive per se is part of his problem"

 

Where are the new atheists advocating killing the religious for being religious? Please provide the documentation for that implication.

Where is the new atheist leader who issued a call to murder an author, for example, for writing a book critical of atheism?

Craig Hicks was an atheist. Craig Hicks disliked religion and described himself as an anti-theist - a person opposed to religion. What he didn't do is describe himself as a person who "hated all muslims" or thought that people should be killed because of their beliefs. Terrorism is violence for political motivation against civilians. You can use the word to mean lots of other things, and it is frequently misused that way. Until the evidence appears demonstrating that Hicks was in fact acting against these people explicitly for their religious beliefs and in order to promote his agenda of a world free of religion, terrorism does not apply to the horrible crimes he committed.

The rush to ascribe Hicks actions as caused by "new atheism" is amazing. Again - where are the atheist leaders arguing for violence against those opposed to atheism?

Actually it isn't amazing. Given the endless stream of explicitly religiously motivated terrorism by groups and individuals, and the endless apologies about how none of it has anything to do with religion, it is quite understandable that the religious would jump at the opportunity to pin this awful crime on "new atheism'. Shameless, opportunistic, but understandable.


Michael Nam points to a parking space in the Finley Forest condominium complex in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It doesn't look like much - a stretch of pavement and a stone marker with the word "reserved" in faded white letters. Two squashed pinecones are lying on the ground.

It meant something to Craig Stephen Hicks, though. Once when Nam parked his car there, Hicks came out of his apartment with a gun holstered on his hip. It was at about four on a November afternoon.

"I was like, 'Is this for real?'" Nam says. "I'm not afraid of your gun, but why the hell did you bring it out?"

They argued over the parking space. Hicks, who is 46, took out his mobile phone and showed him a map of the condominium complex, pointing to the places where people are allowed to park - and which places are reserved.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31395467

Michale Nam, not a muslim.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 08:02 AM

2. all done..........................

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 08:03 AM

3. While I see their point, Lone wolf has been applied to many white terrorists

such as in the title of this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Wolf-Rudolph-Legacy-American/dp/0060598638

Also widely applied to LH Oswald; and here Tom Metzger self-applies the term:

One practical reason many such individuals act alone, according to researchers, is fear of detection. In “Laws for the Lone Wolf,” white supremacist Tom Metzger wrote: “The less any outsider knows, the safer and more successful you will be. Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. Never truly admit to anything.” (Before 9/11, lone-wolf terrorism in America was overwhelmingly a right-wing affair.)


http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/02/lone-wolf-terror-trap-cure-will-worse-disease.html

Also the Batman theater massacre shooter:
https://www.google.com/search?q=lone+wolf+batman+shooter&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Also to Eric Frein is repeatedly called a "lone wolf"

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Response to GreatGazoo (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 08:36 AM

4. Actually "lone wolf" is almost always the go to description for white men

 

who may have committed an act of terrorism.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 08:51 AM

5. "Lone Wolf"

should not be applied to terrorists of any type to begin with. "Lone wolves" are those who leave their pack in response to population or breeding pressure, not in order to wreak havoc on others.

So says this lone wolf, who is so named because she's not a good fit in established packs.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 09:19 AM

6. And yet it is very common on DU to read that all white shooters are called 'lone wolves'

 

Muslim shooter = entire religion guilty

Black shooter = entire race guilty

White shooter = mentally troubled lone wolf
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025989785

"I just heard the guy described as a "lone wolf."

How the fuck do they know this at this point? Whenever the terrorist is a white guy on the far right, the media goes out of their way to try to portray his actions as completely unmotivated and the singular actions of a mad man."
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=102&topic_id=4931714&mesg_id=4932330


There are many such examples. So Juan, as he so often is, is wrong.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 09:21 AM

7. OK. Fine. he was a self-radicalized militant atheist.

Happy now?

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:28 AM

8. The media is falling all over itself to make these murders out as unrelated to their own insipid fearmongering.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:38 AM

9. What happened in Chapel Hill was horrendous.

 

But the term "terrorist" has a definition, and while there are plenty of instances of white men in this country who were terrorists (McVeigh, Rudolph, Frein, Roeder), most of the mass shootings carried out by white men don't fit the definition--not because they're white men, but because they lacked a motivation of intending to inspire fear.

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Response to NuclearDem (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 01:17 PM

11. "intending to inspire fear" is less critical than "politically motivated violence targeting"

 

"civilians". A theory of terrorism might include inspiring fear as a reason to use terrorism, but to me it is political violence directed at civilians, and while inspiring fear might be a goal it is not a requirement.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 01:19 PM

12. Yeah, worded that badly.

 

"Coerce civilians and governments" would be more appropriate.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:02 AM

10. Google, WaPo Unabomber, McVeigh "prototypical lone wolf was Timothy McVeigh"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/09/24/after-syrian-airstrikes-unpredictable-islamic-state-lone-wolf-terror-attacks-cause-alarm-around-the-world/
After all, lone wolves with ideological or religious grievances have attacked in America before. Timothy McVeigh. The Unabomber. The 2009 Ft. Hood shooting.

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