Let me preface this post by stating that my heart is broken for all those affected by the heinous act of terrorism that took place this past week in Las Vegas, Nevada. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost friends and loved ones, all those injured and all those traumatized by this event. May God bless each and every one of you…
It seems to me that the world has been going crazy. Every time I turn around, there is another violent, gruesome attack of some sort. And every time I turn around, Muslims are being blamed. A whole group of people, being blamed for the barbaric actions of a few. I cannot even begin to tell you how wrong that is.
But what really concerns me is this: when a “dark-skinned follower of ‘Islam’ perpetrates a hate crime, he/she is a terrorist.” However, when a Caucasian commits a barbaric act, he is a “gunman.” This DOUBLE STANDARD is a hate crime in and of itself. It is a targeted, deliberate act of prejudice. Western Media outlets have their own agenda and will only refer to Muslims as terrorists.
How many people have to be slaughtered before the person(s) committing the crime can be called a terrorist? The challenge with how terrorism is defined in the West is that the term itself is directly correlated to a “religious” ideology rather than the very personal nature of the crimes themselves. All we have to do is look at what Israel is doing to Palestine and one can see deliberate, political, religious acts of hatred being perpetrated in the name of “self-defense.” The other challenge with defining terrorism is that it is tied in to a “political” ideology. So if the ‘gunman’ in Las Vegas was settling a personal score, where does that fit in to the above definitions?
It doesn’t. The definitions themselves have to be redefined. Stop blaming an entire segment of the world’s population for the actions of a few. Do your own research; don’t let the biased, bigoted news you see portrayed by Western media outlets be your entire basis of evidence. Seek knowledge for yourself.
This man in Las Vegas doesn’t fit the “criminal profile,” of a terrorist. However, he committed a brutal, terrifying act of violence which struck fear into the hearts of everyone in a given location. Why is that not called “terrorism?”
Earlier this year, when Muslims in London coming out of a mosque after prayers, were rode down by a Caucasian male in a white van, it still wasn’t called terrorism, even though that ‘man’ was shouting hateful words towards the Muslim group. Even though he said he wanted to “kill all Muslims,” he was still referred to as a “deranged lunatic.” He committed an act of terrorism, shouted political ideology as he was dragged away by police and it took three whole days before British broadcasters began quietly using the term “terrorist.” An off duty reporter with the BBC, who was speaking with a group of young Muslim Youtubers, turned off his camera and his microphone and said to the group, “look guys, I’m going to be honest with you. The media outlets have their own agenda and won’t say what you want them to say.”
At least he was honest. So here’s what I say to the Western Media outlets:
“Sac up. Grab yourself by the parts that matter and stop being biased by what your producers are telling you is truth.” YOU KNOW BETTER.
To all the people who are so quick to blame Muslims when something goes wrong in the world, stop. If you want to know Islam, speak to a Muslim. If you want to know the truth about how Muslims are treated, look at the Rohingya. As of 2015, 61% of hate crimes in Canada were against Muslims. (as per the Canadian Human Rights commission.) If you really want to know what prejudice feels like, speak to a member of the First Nations.
What the world needs to do is love. Love is the key to all things. Love is stronger than hatred. Love is stronger than bias. Love is stronger and more powerful than darkness. We are one human race. We share one planet. And the same God made us all.
“We must be louder than those who make headlines by their acts of hatred. We must call out acts of intolerance no matter how small, because even small acts can embolden the hatred and anger that lead to devastating consequences. Our diversity is our greatest strength.”
~ Marie-Claude Landry