Whites are a global threat now. Good job! …
Norwegian activist (((Bjørn Ihler))) writes for Project Syndicate about "The Global Threat of White Terror", in response to the #NZ Christchurch attack. Ihler is a survivor of the Breivik attack. He was on Utøya island when it happened.
Massacres like the Christchurch shootings are not, as some leaders claim, isolated attacks carried out by disturbed individuals. They are part of a broader pattern of far-right terrorism, and they demand a response on par with all other counter-terrorism efforts.
After the New Zealand massacre, US President Donald Trump dismissed the threat of white nationalism as a case of “a small group of people” with “a very, very serious problem.” This fits into a broader trend, in which attacks by perpetrators with Muslim backgrounds are immediately classified as “acts of terror” and addressed in a well-resourced and systemic way, while violent attacks perpetrated in the name of other ideologies are treated as an “isolated incident.”
(Nice twist of the truth there, bruh.)
The attack in Christchurch was directly inspired by the 2011 far-right terrorist attack in Norway, of which I am one of the few lucky survivors. Indeed, the Christchurch gunman, Brenton Tarrant, claims to have received the blessing of the perpetrator of the Norway attack, Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people that day.
Breivik is far from Tarrant’s only white-supremacist role model. In his rambling “manifesto,” released just before the attack, Tarrant also mentions other far-right extremists – such as Dylann Roof, who killed nine African-Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.
(False flag faggery, right there. The Tarrant manifesto can now be used to associate Tarrant with EVERYTHING white people have ever done.)
Such a response must, first and foremost, acknowledge the link between resurgent far-right nationalism and the casual racism and dog-whistle politics that have been creeping back into many societies’ public discourse.
We also know that, when Trump warns that immigrants will “infest” the US, he is feeding the narrative that some people are sub-human.
Rather than make themselves accomplices and amplifiers of terror, news organizations must stick to fact-based reporting that avoids spreading terrorist propaganda. A debate may be needed – and should be welcomed – to help journalists find the right balance, so that they provide comprehensive independent reporting without becoming tools of extremists.