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    A White Man Shot 7 People of Color at San Diego Pool Party - And The President Couldn't Care Less

    By Shaun King - May 1, 2017

    Some things never change, 2017 be damned. Nearly 54 years after Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, we still live in a nation where African-Americans are repeatedly targeted and killed in this country for nothing more than the color of their skin.

    This is what happened in 2015 when white supremacist Dylann Roof walked into a Charleston church, sat through an entire Bible study, then shot and killed the pastor and eight other wonderful leaders of the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

    This is what happened more than a month ago on the streets of Manhattan when a white supremacist, James Harris Jackson, took a bus from Maryland, with the sole purpose of targeting and killing black men. He then stabbed 66-year-old Timothy Caughman to death just for the hell of it, authorities said.

    Another shooting occurred Sunday at an upscale San Diego apartment complex when a white mechanic, Peter Selis, calmly got his gun, went to a pool party, then proceeded to shoot four black women, two black men, and one Hispanic man killing one of the women and critically injuring many others.

    One witness said that Selis actually smirked as he fired his gun until it was empty. He then reloaded it and began firing it again, hitting person after person after person — including a man celebrating his 50th birthday at near-point-blank range, police said.

    The shooter died at the scene, but by that point the damage was already done.

    Police said Monday that they believe race was not a factor in the shooting — but when African-Americans are shot and killed like this, it not only impacts the direct victims of the attack, it has a terrifying impact on African-Americans and people of color throughout that community and around the country.

    And if we aren't willing to admit the role that race and religion play in all of this, we are fooling ourselves.

    If Peter Selis was a Muslim, Trum
    p would've already tweeted about this by now.

    If Peter Selis was an immigrant or a refugee
    , Sean Spicer would've held an early press conference on this and Trump would've gone on a bigoted tweetstorm about needing money to build the wall.

    If Peter Selis was black,
    the conservative trope about black-on-black crime would be yelled from the rooftops from coast to coast.

    But none of that is the case. Instead, we have a good old fashioned white man, reportedly with a beer in one hand and a loaded gun in the other, randomly shooting people of color.

    So, Trump says nothing. No hotlines are being created to report racist white men. No executive orders are being signed to protect people from the scourge of white supremacy.

    And at least one reason Trump is not speaking out on the violence of white supremacy in this country is because they are among his most devoted supporters. Right there on the floor level of Trump's rally in Pennsylvania this weekend were reportedly members of a hate group. They weren't in disguise. They had their gear on and were looking as menacing as ever.

    They should've never been let into the event in the first place. This isn't candidate Trump. It was bad enough when white supremacists and Neo-Nazis attended Trump campaign rally after campaign rally, but now they are on the floor of events hosted by the President of the United States of America. It's despicable.

    And so here we are — with victims of yet another mass shooting in America left to put all the broken pieces back together again, and the elected leader of our nation seeming like he couldn't care less because the victims and the shooter don't quite match the racial and religious profile of Trump's bigoted worldview.



    These white terrorists are doing mass shootings in the country, yet they ban Muslims from gun stores.

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    Who will take responsibility for the rise in far-right terrorism?

    Muslims are asked to condemn Islamist terrorism Ė should the mainstream right do the same when the attackers are white?


    Following the attack on a Finsbury Park mosque, both Theresa May and Amber Rudd have issued statements and delivered speeches adopting hard lines against Islamophobia and right-wing extremism. May has gone so far as stating that Islamophobia itself is a form of extremism.

    These pronouncements have drawn positive responses from prominent members of the Muslim community such as Miqdaad Versi of the Muslim Council of Britain. But it is important to question whether or not this change in rhetoric signifies a genuine change in government policy.

    On the face of it, there are reasons for tentative optimism. The seriousness with which politicians took the Finsbury Park attack is a significant change. On this, the government is ahead of the media. While other terrorism attacks have been condemned as unjustifiable violence, some newspapers framed the Finsbury Park attack as a "revenge".

    In fact, radicalisation is not a one-off event, but takes place in a web of institutional, social and ideological conditions. Furthermore this ignores a much longer story about the drip, drip, drip of Islamophobic or anti-Muslim discourse which permeates British society.

    The government has played a part in legitimising this anti-Muslim sentiment. Letís not forget that Prevent has, since its inception, disproportionately targeted Muslims. The impression of an "us and them" mentality is only underlined by its secrecy. Moreover, the Prevent agenda has conflated a variety of other social policy concerns relating to gender equality, sexual violence, and unemployment as "extremism" issues. For example, Amber Rudd herself suggested that Islamophobia would decline if grooming stopped, which can not only be seen as victim-blaming, but further contributes to stereotyping Muslims as the enemy within.

    So are promises to get serious about Islamophobia more empty words from the Prime Minister?

    Think about timing. Far-right extremism has been deadly. Mohammad Saleem was brutally murdered in 2013 in Birmingham by a far right extremist. Mushin Ahmed was killed in 2015 (and was notably called a "groomer" by his attacker as his head was stamped on).
    Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist this time last year. This is not even mentioning individuals such as Ryan McGee, who made a nail bomb and was intent on murdering immigrants.

    Just twelve days ago, the Prime Minister claimed that Britain was too tolerant of extremism, and she was right. Just not in the way she meant it.

    Britain has indeed been too tolerant of extremism of the far right kind. This is a rising problem, not just in the UK, but also in Europe.
    According to the defence and security think-tank RUSI, far right extremists make up 33 per cent of the threat, with Islamic extremism slightly more at 38 per cent. Furthermore, one in four referrals to Channel, the UK deradicalisation programme, are from the far right.

    We cannot forget the government itself peddles the tropes of far right hate. Think of David Cameron referring to migrants as "swarms", Mayís hostile environment policy, complete with "go home vans" driving around in multicultural areas, and the uncritical embrace of Donald Trumpís presidency by the Prime Minister.

    The Muslim community has been told many times to fight terrorism from within, but will there be a similar response to far right extremism? The ongoing rhetorical attacks on multiculturalism, and the longstanding association of Islamist radicalisation with a lack of integration, rather than religiously inspired political violence, make it difficult to see how real change will happen.

    This would require deep soul-searching, followed by serious changes in public debates about policies relating to both immigration and extremism. Until that happens, Mayís words on Islamophobia will be nothing more than political PR.

    But this PR also has a more sinister element. Although no specific new counter-terrorism legislation was announced in the Queenís Speech, there was a promise that the government would review existing counter-terrorism laws, with a spokesman stressing that new legislation would be brought forward if needed.

    May continues to lobby for increased executive powers to fight terrorism, which she has done since her time as home secretary. The policy on right-wing extremism is likely to follow that of Islamic extremism: it will focus only on ideology and it will ignore the wider context of structural racism and white privilege.

    Ask yourselves, will white men ever be stopped and searched to the same extent as brown men? Will white women be seen as easy targets for violent attacks as Muslim women disproportionately are? Will far right extremists fear for their citizenship status?

    And does the solution to extremism, in any form, truly lie in further oppressive legislation and more government power? We also need to be aware that powers extended to address extremism are likely to continue to have a disproportionate effect on minorities.

    As long as there is no change in government policy, the status quo will continue to reinforce the same divisive narrative which is the bread and butter of every extremist group. After the Queenís Speech, we continue to see no evidence of any serious attempt to reform policy and seriously address far right extremism. Mayís empty words after the Finsbury Park attack represent nothing more than an opportunistic political move from a weakened Prime Minister who is desperate for approval Ė and for power.


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    White supremacists are targeting Muslims. It's time we call them terrorists

    "Iím going to be scarred for life. Iím emotionally wrecked."


    In recent months, Europe has seen several attacks that were confirmed to be terrorist hate crimes.

    Last week, London police announced that an acid attack on two Muslim cousins in London is being treated as a hate crime.

    Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan were attacked with acid while out celebrating Khan's 21st birthday, as they were sitting in a car at traffic lights in east London.

    While the attack was confirmed to be unprovoked, no reference to the ethnicity or religion of the perpetrator - who appears to be white - has been made on prominent news outlets and police initially ruled out a religious or racial motive for the crime.

    The attack left Muhktar and Khan with "life-changing injuries", The Guardian reports, with Khan's career plans as an aspiring model in jeopardy.

    Mukhtar, 37, told Channel 4 News that a man they did not know knocked on the car window and sprayed the toxic substance, leaving the two in excruciating pain that Mukhtar describes as "like somebody's ironing me 24/7".

    Mukhtar was initially put in an induced coma and Khan underwent skin grafts. Both suffer from critical burns to the face and body.

    "I donít know whatís going to happen. Iím going to be scarred for life. Iím emotionally wrecked. I'm in continuous pain," he said.

    "We're innocent people. We didnít deserve that. Iíve never seen this guy in my life. I donít have any problems with anybody.

    My cousin is 21. Sheís a business student. Why would anyone do that to us?"

    Authorities are still on the hunt for the suspected attacker, who has been identified as 24-year-old John Tomlin. Police had initially eliminated religious or racial bigotry from the suspected motive behind the crime.

    However, police announced on Friday that new evidence suggests otherwise and that they will investigate the assault as a hate crime, according to The Guardian.

    Mukhtar believes that they were targeted because of their religion and said that "itís definitely a hate crime" that has "something to do with Islamophobia".

    The 21-year-old business student and aspiring model was due to start her new job this week and she has been called in for a job interview that she will not be able to attend.

    With her severe visible injuries, her career in modeling might be at risk. "I'm devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same," Khan wrote on Twitter.

    Khan and Mukhtar both pointed out the double standards in the way the public deals with terror attacks. Khan noted that if the roles were reversed and a Muslim attacked white people, it would be "all over the news" and "the whole country knows it would be classed as a terror attack".

    When it comes to international media and public perception, the focus is most often shed on terrorists when they are Muslim. Many are quick to highlight a terrorist's religion when he is Muslim, yet are hesitant to call a non-Muslim a terrorist.
    In reality, however, Muslims are falling victim to terror attacks fueled by Islamophobia.

    Gunmen opened fire outside a mosque in southeast France on Sunday night, injuring eight people, including a seven-year-old girl.

    Worshippers were leaving the mosque when at least two "hooded men" attacked them, but authorities are not treating it as a terror attack.

    "From what we know this evening, the mosque was not targeted. The fact that it happened in the street of the religious establishment was unconnected with it," the prosecutor said, according to The Telegraph.

    Muslim worshippers in London were targeted after Ramadan prayers last month

    In May, a pregnant Muslim woman lost her baby after being kicked in the stomach



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