Terrorist are painted a very specific way: in turbans, specifically of Arab decent, Muslim jihadists, Islamic extremists. But a new count done by the New America shows that this is not the right picture we should be painting.
The count found the following: Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims. 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists.
I recalled a poetry piece I came across after 9/11. Suheir Hammad reflects on her Arab culture, and her brother’s military connection to the United States. Watch and get goosebumps:
This video was uploaded in 2011, and it essentially saying what the count did: terrorism does not look the way we think it does, and please don’t blame one person’s horrific act on a whole culture. The problem of terrorism seems to also be homegrown.
Perhaps we all need to watch our stereotypes...especially when it comes to something as destructive as blaming terrorist acts.
“If there’s one lesson we seem to have forgotten 20 years after Oklahoma City, it’s that extremist violence comes in all shapes and sizes,” said Dr. Horgan, the University of Massachusetts scholar told the NYTimes. “And very often it comes from someplace you’re least suspecting.”