Naming the name

A suspect is taken into custody outside a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Isaiah J. Downing/Reuters)

On April 19, 1995, a terrorist planted a bomb at the front of a federal building in Oklahoma City, blowing up the building and killing 168 people.

On July 17, 1996, a terrorist detonated explosives in Atlanta during the Summer Olympics, killing 1 person and injuring 111.

On June 17, 2015, a terrorist went into an African American church, was welcomed into its prayer group, and proceeded to kill 9 of the congregants.

On November 27, 2015, a terrorist invaded a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, killing 3, injuring 9.

All of theses terrorists were white.

See what I did there? I called acts of terror for what they are, “terror”. Which seems to be something that we as a country cannot do.

Terrorism is what happens overseas. Or, if it happens here, it comes from overseas. Terrorism has a brown hue to it. When the perpetrator is white, it’s a lone nut, a mentally disturbed man. Anything but terrorism.

Barack Obama’s first Secretary of Homeland Security was going to put out a report that the greatest threat of terrorism to the United States came from well-armed, Christian, white men. The led to the howls of the Right, saying that evil, Marxist Kenyan Obama was criminalizing God-fearing Christians. Of course, the history of the past 7 years has shown that Pres. Obama’s security service was correct.

Terrorism is the currency of the weak and disenfranchised. Yes, you read me correctly. Daesh is weak and disenfranchised, suddenly hemmed in by a global coalition headed by the US. Its attack on Paris was nothing but a lashing out at an enemy which will proceed to crush it. Now is the time to pound it into dust.

Likewise, the terrorism and planned terrorism carried out in the US by white Christian men is a crying out of a group which every day loses power and influence. A survey came out this week that white Christians now make up an absolute minority of the US population, and they are drifting right as their power evaporates.

But, the difference is that while we call what Daesh and Al Qaeda do as “terrorism”, we rarely apply the same term to the terrorism plotted and carried out by white American Christians.

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump inveighed against Pres. Obama for not calling the threat from overseas “radical Islamic terrorism”. (Ask Osama bin Laden as to Pres. Obama’s fight against just such terrorism.) Of course, Mr. Trump’s entire campaign has been based on stoking the resentments which lead to an equally pernicious terrorism, that of white Christian males. And this terrorism has a much darker hue, as it’s aimed at people who are fellow citizens, but who are deemed to be irredeemable, traitors to the Republic.

A Twitter follower asked me if the Age of Obama has been worth it, as it has fired up the insanity of the waning majority, seeing that its power and privileges are being diminished. I say “Yes”. Demography, unless a fascist system is installed, will not be denied. And it’s much better to see the insanity up front and glaring, not under the surface. But the name has to be named. It is terrorism. An attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic is terrorism; an attack on a black church is terrorism. Any irruption of white angst into violence directed against a perceived enemy is terrorism. There is no other syllogism for it. If we can’t fight radical Islamists without naming them what they are, neither can we fight radical Christians. Terrorism does not only emanate from beyond our borders; it festers within our bosom. The fight against terrorism, regardless of religion, is the fight which civilized countries face in this century. It is the fight which will determine if the 21st Century will be one of promise and progress, or a descent into darkness and violence.

122 Responses to “Naming the name”

  1. 1 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I’m bringing this over
    Where is rikyrah this morning?
    I just saw on ABC video, the funeral for the 9 year old boy executed in retaliation. The hearst was some kind of pimp mobile and the color of the casket was bright red. What message is that sending? To me, the first thought I had was – “red”, the color of a gang. If that thought crossed my mind, what thought do you think the rival gang is thinking?

    How does it end? When do we stop killing one another? Aren’t the white cops killing enough of us?

    I’m sorry I saw that this morning. I will not be able to get it out of my mind.

    • November 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      The father is a criminal and gangbanger.The mother is a hoodrat that took the donations sent for the funeral to buy herself a car. The kid didn’t stand a chance.

  2. 3 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

    LL, the theme is “Senseless Killing” and I brought my comment over from the previous post. Thanks for posting your thoughts.

  3. 6 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Wow LL, Timothy McVeigh came to my mind yesterday – our thoughts are running parallel

  4. 7 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Boy am I looking forward to today’s ManU match. Let’s go ManU! 🙂

  5. November 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks, LL. Of course, it IS terrorism. And, as someone, somewhere, posted, we don’t bother looking for “mental illness,” or a “motive” when the terrorist is brown; we just label them “terrorist,” and that’s that. When politicians and candidates insist that they’ve “seen” footage of aborted fetuses, “fully-developed and kicking,” on a table at a Planned Parenthood clinic (none of which is true), people like this are listening… And they have guns. So… Center for Medical Progress, Mr. David Daleidin, “Jihadi Wayne,” Ms. Candidate Carly, and so many others, I’m betting this one’s on you. Meanwhile, I just sent PP the largest donation I’ve ever contributed to any organization.

  6. 11 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Uh Oh, coming up on ABC is

    Michigan vs the Ohio St. 😯

    Didn’t Desertflower attend the Ohio St.????

    Any Michigan alum lurking? 🙂

  7. 23 magapie
    November 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    “Likewise, the terrorism and planned terrorism carried out in the US by white Christian men is a crying out of a group which every day loses power and influence. A survey came out this week that white Christians now make up an absolute minority of the US population, and they are drifting right as their power is evaporates.”

    Excellent piece, LL. Needless to say a black TWO-TERM PRESIDENT that is so brilliant, accomplished and charismatic, with a lovely intelligent wife and two beautiful, bright daughters, intensified the alienation, rage and un-tethering of many white men. This remains especially true of older ones seeing their unearned power structure dissolving. They just can’t stand it and in the end can’t bear the inexorable end of their imagined “way of life”.

  8. 24 desertflower
    November 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    What you wrote, was everything I thought of as I tried to go to sleep last night. No lie. Especially the part of how terrorism is always something that happens “over there”…somewhere else…committed by some “radical Islamist”…never the terrorist that is resentful, angry and white in our own back yard. The one that we REALLY need to fear. Thanks, LL. Spot on.

  9. 25 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    It will be interesting to hear the explanation from the shooter and how it will be interpreted by MSM

    • 26 0388jojothecat
      November 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      I wonder if they took him to a steak house for a steak dinner since they took terrorist Dylan to McDonalds after he murdered 9 people in a church who welcomed him in.

  10. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    November 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

  11. November 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    the young man realized that no matter how much shit he spewed, he’d still just be a black thug to them.

    • 31 GGail
      November 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      I blame his parents for feeding this child falsehoods and now he can see for himself how wrong his teachings have been. It’s good when one can learn and then think for oneself.

    • 33 Nena20409
      November 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      At 13yrs old with twisted ideology to now a 180?
      Obviously, all is not well at home. He is seeking for attention, desperately. It will Not end well, unfortunately.

    • 34 0388jojothecat
      November 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      I like the what the person wrote who posted this on raw story, step away from this political nonsense and enjoy being a kid. As an AA young man living in the south, who knows how long you have until they turn on you. Get back into politics when you are able to vote at 18yrs old and more mature. Don’t let your parents direct your political thoughts.

      • 35 GGail
        November 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

        It was around that age that I became aware of civil rights movement and voting rights, so I don’t mind him being involved at this age of Civics and government, however, I do have a problem with him being mislead by his primary caregivers.

        • 36 0388jojothecat
          November 28, 2015 at 1:43 pm

          The political nonsense I am referring to is talking up the GOP talking points/lies, getting on You Tube to talk against his own best interest (I am assuming he comes from a middle-class family who took advantage of the opportunities gained by AA’s during the 60’s & 70’s) and being used/misled by his folks and the GOP. There’s one thing being aware like we all were during the civil rights movement ( I was aware of MLK, RFK, etc.) but I can’t imagine an AA kid publically going against it during that time period. His parents benefited from the civil rights movement and he is going along with his parents thinking they did fine without it, talking hate/lies about PBO, etc., when he has no idea what he’s talking about by parroting these lies. In my opinion he is doing more damage (5 million followers), I’d rather see him just be a kid and shut up until he can truly think for himself as a young adult.

  12. 39 Nena20409
    November 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Hello TOD. It’s Sunny, Chilly and with Blue Sky. All the snow, finally melted away.
    Excellent Essay, LL.
    Calling It by It’s Name: Terrorism.
    Also carrying loaded AK-47s, Semi-Automatic Weapons with or without masking/covering of their faces while following Muslim Worshipers to Mosques or just walking about with loaded guns pretending to be protecting the public without authorization is 1001% a form of Terrorism.
    Congrats GGail on your Gold ⭐ .
    Congrats to the Au ⭐ winners, two posts back.

  13. 45 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Okay, I’m tired of seeing Vardy’s goal over and over on the telly!

  14. 46 JER
    November 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    It's that time of the year: prepping for Christmas at the White House.

    A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  15. 48 amk for obama
    November 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Vardy breaks record and man who?

    Go Leicester.

  16. 52 Vicki
    November 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you, LL for this thoughtful post and Thank you AMK for the apt cartoons on the previous post.

    Personally, I am adjusting my “what does a terrorist look like profile.”
    Instead of only angry young white males I now have to include angry old white males. Yesterdays murderer along with Ted Kosinski, for example. That’s a category.
    Perhaps we’d better all cross the street if we see a white guy coming.

  17. November 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Where the fuck did Leicester come from???

    Sorry, things are too weird in the Prem this season.

    • 54 GGail
      November 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      I don’t know, but I wouldn’t mind if two of their players; Varda and Mehrez are injured or accidentally locked in a bathroom

  18. 55 Nena20409
    November 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm

  19. 56 JER
    November 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm

  20. November 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    The fight against terrorism, regardless of religion, is the fight which civilized countries face in this century. It is the fight which will determine if the 21st Century will be one of promise and progress, or a descent into darkness and violence…



  21. 58 arapaho415
    November 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    LL, your post is a wake-up call to MSM. Hope they heed the message.

    • 59 0388jojothecat
      November 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      The shooter is a lone-wolf-terrorist radicalized by RW radio, NRA, cable television (FOX, CNN, MSNBC), and the GOP. They radicalize these folks by their constant drum beat of lies about PPH, PBO, Liberals, Democrats, BLM, and anything not republican.

  22. 60 arapaho415
    November 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Was it Nena who asked TODville’s opinion about this earlier?

    • 61 Nena20409
      November 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      No, not Nena.
      100 Black Pastors?
      Seeing is believing.
      Trump has the propensity to Lie, Exaggerate and Distort in order to boost his bloated ego.

    • 62 0388jojothecat
      November 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Why the hell are they meeting with DT? So they can get money for their endorsement like they did for Christi and Chicago Gov?

    • 63 Don
      November 28, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Oh so they didn’t know Trump was going use them, Pastors please, game recognize game.

    • 64 GGail
      November 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      The article only cites one (1) minister named Scott who said he is endorsing Trump

    • 65 0388jojothecat
      November 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Dr. Darrell Scott is a “good” friend of The Dumbald and he arranged for these AA “pastors” to meet before writing him off. Many have heard loud and clear from their flock they do not approve, some are already bailing on this meeting. This so-called paster Scott is somewhat of a “pimp” (not surprised) and has already said he will endorse The Dumbald after the meeting. I hope the others have the good sense to come out and say they only agreed to listen eventhough that should disqualify them as pastors who preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    • 68 CEB
      November 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      No one that I know takes political advice from ministers or any self-styled religious leader (of what/whom anyway). Young people are not in churches (most in my area are aging out) and those who are decide for themselves, if they make any decisions at all regarding politics. PBO put the cabash to some of the old time preachers who were used to getting “walking around money” from various campaigns to spread the political word to the faithful. This is not the 60’s in which the church was the center for political activism.

      Why meet with someone, who is a known liar, who never cared who you are or what your concerns were in the past? If they thought that they were going to be anything other than a prop in the DT show, they deserve what they get for being ignorant.

  23. 69 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm


  24. 72 Nena20409
    November 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm

  25. November 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Watch media try to humanize this animal…

  26. 75 Nena20409
    November 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  27. November 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    “…As a Lakota, as an Indigenous person, I fully support the organizing efforts and messaging of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    With the wave of attention on the issue of police violence, Native communities were able to draw attention to high rates in which Native peoples are also killed by the police. On a per capita basis, Native peoples are the most likely to be killed by the police.

    More broadly, the message that “Black Lives Matter” is one in which resonates within Native communities, in that we understand the pain, anger and frustration that comes with feeling our lives are somehow less than others, especially when coming to being victims of both state sanctioned and white supremacist violence…”

  28. November 28, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    LL, another OUTSTANDING piece! Thank you!

  29. 78 susanne
    November 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Call it by its name: terrorism.
    ‘ Was it truly a shock that something so horrific emerged only weeks after anti–Planned Parenthood rhetoric dominated the presidential candidate debates? What was all of this manipulative campaigning if not an invitation to incite hate? ‘


  30. 79 JER
    November 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  31. 80 Nena20409
    November 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

  32. November 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks a million LL, another wonderful piece. Helped me take my mind off this football muck I’m currently watching, never thought I’d cheer the sight of Rooney being taken off 😥

  33. 85 susanne
    November 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Over at Daily Beast they’re reporting that ‘the suspect’ has a history of ‘animal cruelty’ for shooting at a neighbor’s dog with a pellet gun, and was also involved in a peeping tom incident. I’m sure we’ll start hearing about his sad childhood next. How long before we get the reports of his obsession with Fox News and other right wing media? Long. Very long.

    Seems to me, though, that in this search for motive, the media is dancing around a universal truth: both Christian and Muslim people can be radicalized and fanaticized. Motives for mass murder are not going to be reasonable and reliable. Tracking back to how this person became a monster leads us very rapidly past their religion, country of origin, or belief system to an inflamed rhetoric and access to weapons.

    As that deadly combo is more and more readily available here in America, we see more and more tragedies.

    • 86 MadameSoph
      November 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Popping in between clients…. Excellent piece LL! One of your best.

      Excellent comment, Susanne.

      I’ve noticed that “Search for motive” only seems to happen when the terrorist is both domestic and white or white Christian. If the perpetrator is brown and/or foreign they are a “thug” or, if Muslim, no search for motive is deemed necessary; simply being brown or being a Muslim is accepted as a motive. To the media and many people, brown = violent and Muslim = fanatical violence. There is this assumption that Christian = good and white equals innocent before proven guilty. Otherwise we would either always or never be searching for motive. We would judge people by their acts alone.

      “…In this search for motive, the media is dancing around a universal truth: both Christian and Muslim people can be radicalized and fanaticized.”


  34. 87 Nena20409
    November 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm

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  36. 92 Nena20409
    November 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm

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  38. 94 Nena20409
    November 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm

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  40. 96 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Thank the powers that be – this match is FINALLY ovah! I’l take the tie – whew!

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  43. 109 arapaho415
    November 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Seems that @mattdpearce actually thinks for himself (unlike the vast majority of MSM DC-based national politics reporters — I swear their yearly bonuses are tied to the number of attacks/doubts/dog whistles they publish against PBO) — but he doesn’t cover politics and probably doesn’t get an annual bonus 😦 .

  44. November 28, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  45. 112 sjterrid
    November 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks, LL. Brilliant essay. I shared it on Facebook.

  46. November 28, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Lovely pictures of POTUS, Malia, and Sasha.

  47. November 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

    Back from swimming and errands.

  48. November 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    13-Year-Old Right Wing YouTube Star Quits The Right, Slams Movement’s Racism

    A young boy who became the toast of the right thanks to his anti-Obama YouTube videos has kicked conservatism to the curb.

    Thirteen year old CJ Pearson, who is black, has decided that there is too much racism on the right for him to be a part of it.

    CJ Pearson told CNN on Friday that concerns about the Republican Party’s viewpoints on racial and gender disparity as well as youth issues convinced him he could no longer be a mouthpiece for conservatism.

    “I was tired of being a champion of a party that turned a blind eye to racial discrimination. Tired of being a champion of any cause that denies equal rights to every American. Tired of being a champion of a party that doesn’t care about the issues important to young people,” Pearson wrote in an email.


  49. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    November 28, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Great piece, LL. And such truth in it.

  50. 117 jackiegrumbacher
    November 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Coming in late after putting up outdoor Christmas lights, but wanted to say your essay is brilliant and necessary, LL. I feel no sympathy for threatened white male authority since that so-called authority has always been fed by racism and misogyny and led to abuse, contempt of others, violence and and the suppression of rights. It seems it has also led to an infantile ability to cope with change. Instead of acting like supposed grown adults, a large section of the white male population loses self control, sulks and acts out with dire consequences to those around them. If they want respect, they can begin by showing it to others, throwing away their gun toys and learning to cope with the real world.

  51. November 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Trump Wants Apology from Reporter He Mocked
    November 27, 2015

    Washington Post: “A day after he was widely rebuked for mocking a reporter with a physical disability, business mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he had done so and accused the reporter of ‘using his disability to grandstand.’ Trump also demanded an apology from the New York Times, the reporter’s employer, which earlier in the week issued a statement condemning Trump.”


  52. November 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm


    • 120 globalcitizenlinda
      November 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      normally, I ignore MED and other attention-seeking people who are jealous of PBO.

      today, with this garbage article, I had enough and sent him a few tweets – he answered with the same pompous comebacks

  53. November 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    GOP Candidates Take Different View of Heroin Crisis
    November 27, 2015

    Several GOP presidential contenders have advocated treating the nation’s growing heroin epidemic as a health crisis, not a criminal one. But most stop short of advocating the same approach to other drug laws, notably those involving marijuana and crack cocaine, which disproportionately affect African Americans.

    Such views highlight the resonance and reach of the opiate epidemic — but also a persistent racial and geographic divide in American politics. The heroin epidemic has overwhelmingly hit whites. It has also skyrocketed to the top of voters’ lists of political priorities in the same bands of America — rural states, the suburbs and notably the early voting state of New Hampshire — that track directly with where Republicans must perform well to win back the White House next year


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