Extremism comes in different complexions, ethnicities, whiskers and head coverings which is why racial profiling cannot protect us from all extremist violence

If, in a vacuum, I told you that a bearded male with his head treated had posted a video on social media announcing on his partisans to leave their homes with weapons, move to a brand-new neighborhood, take over authority owned as long as necessary and use savagery if confronted by law enforcement, youd possibly assume that I was talking about the most recent information video released after Isis, filmed in Iraq or Syria and intended to draft brutal Muslim extremists.

But that exact announce was lately issued on Facebook by white-hot rancher Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy who also engaged in an armed stalemate with law enforcement in 2014 and which is now owes the governmental forces more than$ 1m in fees. The younger Bundys goal this time was to encourage his fellow American patriots to take up arms against the US government in declaration of the arson convictions of ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr and his son, Steven.

Militia rulers claim approximately 150 partisans abode Ammon Bundys announcement, although reporters on the ground are saying its far fewer. The armed boys are currently occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon to, in their texts, assist in helping the people of Harney County claim back their estates and resources. Ammon Bundy has said that his people wont rule out violence if law enforcement tries to remove them .~ ATAGEND

But, dont perturb America: he promised everyone that we are not terrorists. What a relief.

Of course theyre not terrorists: Bundy and his partisans are just your median angry white-hot freedom fighter, who use weapons and ammunition to protect the US constitution and American significances from the government and other Americans who want them to abide by federal laws like everyone else.

But if Bundy and his partisans were like the 38% of Americans who arent white-hot, people across America wouldnt be watching this surreal, hazardous episode unfold and pondering what they could do to be labeled a militia when occupying a federal neighborhood with firearms instead of terrorists, punks, radicals or gangs.

If one black male harbouring a plastic plaything grease-gun even moved in future directions of a federal building, let alone with 150 other black boys all harbouring loaded rifles, hed be shot dead by law enforcement , no questions asked. If 15 Muslims occupied a 7-Eleven with BB guns and masala Slurpees, federal law enforcement would probably roll up with six MRAPs and immediately take everyone out Waco-style( but without a congressional investigation ).

Armed militia to fill Oregon wildlife refuge as long as required

We dont need to racially profile anyone else who look like these armed militiamen( white-hot boys with luxuriant whiskers and beer bellies ), but its occasion for mainstream legislators to at least recognizing and tackle this dangerous threat within our borders.

Since 9/11, more people in America have been killed by rightwing terrorist attack than brutal jihadists( 48 deaths to 45 deaths ). America witnessed an unprecedented rise in radical rightwing, anti-government radicals after the election of President Barack Hussein Obama. Yet, the Department of Homeland Security buried an commentators early 2009 counselling about the growing threat of rightwing terror radicals to focus solely on Muslim radicals, caving to conservative pundits who grumbled the DHS was demonizing rightwing opening statement by targeting these groups.

And although the number of people involved has reduced in the past two years, it has not dampened the level of criminal extremism, in agreement with the Southern Poverty Law Center .~ ATAGEND

Such radicals, some of whom have been involved in armed hostilities since the report was swallow, are also often openly white supremacist, unfriendly to immigrants, Islamophobic and prone to anti-government conspiracies.

In other texts, they are not unlike Donald Trumps base. And while this is the time that we would normally expect calls for all moderate militiamen to stand up and denounce the brutal extremism within their midst, dont impound your breath. Republican Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruzwill probably not reject political correctness and request, How can we defeat radical white-hot terrorism with presidential candidates who refuse to utter the words radical white-hot terrorists? Trump, who recently said that hes in favor of killing the families of terrorists to overcome radicals, will assuredly not exercise the same guideline to white-hot American militia members, even if they do hire the savagery theyve promised.

The lamentable actuality is that extremists both at home and abroad are often disaffected, feared and angry people urgently searching for purpose, validation and entail in a world they find has left them behind. Its a sickness that they are able foul almost anyone, regardless of hasten, ethnicity, belief or gender.

Its surely taken grip of Jon Ritzheimer, a US naval ex-serviceman involved in the Oregon stand-off. Hes the states members of the Three Percenter organization, which alleges that their armed and trained members are guards of national constitutions willing to protect our rights against a domineering government and foreign aggressors.( Like Bundy, they do not condone any threats or intimidation tactics unless an action is warranted .) Ritzheimer also resulted the armed, anti-Muslim mosque protests earlier this year in Arizona.

Before taking over the wildlife sanctuary, Ritzheimer like other radicals before him posted a goodbye videofor their own families rationalizing his actions as representing liberty against a domineering authority. I didnt come here to shoot, I came here to die, echoed another militia member, who recognized himself exclusively as Captain Moroni.

Extremism comes in different complexions, ethnicities, whiskers and head coverings which is why racial profiling cannot protect us from all extremist savagery. Maybe its occasion for political leaders and law enforcement to acknowledge inconvenient truisms and coping with the radicals with American figures and grudges as they are able to any other. The security of our homeland or at least our national wildlife refuges might depend on it.

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