by Temerity Forthright
In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack on an Orlando nightclub, questions are now being raised about the “motive” for the killings. When you look at the demographics of the people in the Pulse club, it appears to be a cross-section of America – blacks, whites, Latinos, homosexuals, transgenders, men, women, and immigrants.
The attack has been called a “hate” crime – but against whom? Against which group?
A hate group is defined in the Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia as “an organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, nation, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other designated sector of society.”
There is no shortage of hate groups in America. The Southern Poverty Law Center identified 939 active white hate groups in the U.S. in a 2013 report. If you consolidate all the chapters of the Ku Klux Klan into a single group, however, that list becomes significantly shorter.
Hate groups are often associated with whites. This may be largely a result of the way news is reported by the media. For example, an emphasis seems to be placed on white-on-black crime, while black-on-black crime is often ignored.
During a Trump rally in California, a white woman was pinned up against a building, pelted with eggs, and verbally assaulted by men of Latino/Hispanic origin. Why was this not called a hate crime? It certainly fits the definition!
There are hundreds of ethnic, religious, and gender-based organizations in America. So, what is the purpose of these groups? Isn’t it to further their own agendas and identities at the expense of, and to the detriment of, other groups?
Then add the list of over 500 leading organizations in the United States provided by “startguide.org” that are working for progressive change and social justice on a national level. START (Study, Think, Act, and Respond Together) describes itself as a process that “enables a small group of people to better understand what is wrong with our world.” I bet some of the things one small group of people think is wrong with the world is just fine with different small group of people.
So what happens when their agendas and identities clash? What happens when people from these ideologically opposed groups show up at the same event? Isn’t there going to be inevitable expressions of “hatred, hostility, or violence?” All you have to do is watch the evening news/commentary to witnesses the very definition of hate groups in action.
Whites have been so cowed by accusations of racism and white privilege that some have formed their own anti-white groups. The organization “European Dissent,” formed in 1989, says that whites “recognize that their varying ethnic histories have been forged into a common ‘white community’ in order to nurture and sustain racism.” They imply that the heritage of whites makes them inherently racist.
Admittedly, it’s easy to find white nationalist organizations, like the KKK, but there are plenty of black supremacy organizations to go around. Just Google it as I did and you’ll find the New Black Panther Party, Black Riders Liberation Party, War on the Horizon, and (wait for it) The Nation of Islam.
As reported on InfoWars, “Black Lives Matter” activist and Rapper Tef Poe tweeted “Dear white people, if Trump wins young niggas such as myself are fully hell bent on inciting riots everywhere we go. Just so you know.” That’s hate speech inciting hate crimes.
Counter-terrorism expert Ehud Sprinzak defines hate speech as verbal violence and “the use of extreme language against an individual or a group that either implies a direct threat that physical force will be used against them, or is seen as an indirect call for others to use it.” In other words, anything you say can and will be used against you in the unforgiving court of public opinion.
“Frontpagemag.com” compiled its list of the “Top 10 African-American Racists.” President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were #2 and #3 on the list, right behind Al Sharpton.
How can whites possibly hope to be perceived as tolerant when their own president relentlessly uses the bully pulpit to exploit racial differences and further his own divisive agenda with accusations of white racism? We live in a country where we can’t even say the president’s middle name without being called a racist. (It’s Hussein, by the way.)
It seems that whites, instead of being the perpetrators, are more often the victims of racism and hate crimes.