David Banner Pens Editorial About Hypocrisy Over The Term ‘Terrorist’

David BannerMississippi’s David Banner sent over this editorial he wrote over the hypocrisy in America’s use of the term “terrorist,” as the 15th anniversary of the infamous 1995 Oklahoma City bombing rolled by last month.

Read it below, and make sure to keep an eye out for Banner’s upcoming collaborative album with 9th Wonder, titled Death of a Pop Star, due out this year…

April 19th marked the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh. While many gathered on that day to commemorate that tragic event, the act itself, and others like it, continues to shed light on a fundamental hypocrisy in American society. The hypocrisy in question is the refusal of the American public to apply the term “terrorist” to anyone other than Black or Middle Eastern, Islamic radicals.

The lack of application of the term “terrorist” to Americans or Christians is certainly not due to a lack of evidence. For example, it would not be hard to recognize the brutal and destructive nature of slavery in America as institutionalized terrorism. Just as easy would be a recognition that groups like the Ku Klux Klan and other Christian-based, White supremacist organizations have repeatedly engaged in terrorist acts. Add to this list the lynching of Black people and the genocide of Native Americans and we soon realize that domestic terrorism in the United States is as American as apple pie.

Despite these historical realities, the refusal to label anyone other than Muslims as terrorists has recently reached epic, hypocritical proportions. So, when Middle Eastern, Islamic radicals, due to their hatred of the U.S. government, flew two airplanes into the World Trade Center on 9/11, they were rightly called “terrorists”. But when Andrew Joseph Stack, a White, American, software engineer, posted anti-government language on the internet then flew his plane into an IRS building in Texas, media reports simply described him as a “pilot” and a “tax protester”. When another group of Islamic radicals flew a plane into the Pentagon on 9/11, they were, again, rightly referred to as “terrorists”. But when John Patrick Bedell, a White, anti-government, conspiracy theorist opened fire in March of 2010 at the Pentagon injuring two, he was labeled in news reports as a “gunman” and the “Pentagon shooter”. We’ve even been told that there are supposedly Islamic “sleeper cells” secretly living among us waiting to carry out terrorist acts on U.S. soil. But when the all White, anti-government, Michigan based “Hutaree” were recently arrested for their intricate plan to murder a law enforcement official, then blow up the rest of his colleagues at his subsequent funeral, they certainly weren’t described as terrorists. Rather, they were portrayed in the media as an “anti-government” and “Christian-based” “militia”. These three instances alone are indicative of the bias inherent in the usage of the term “terrorist”.

Some may argue that the sole application of the term “terrorist” to Islamic radicals is due to the inordinate threat they posed to American society. This argument is easily dismissed by the facts. According to the FBI, between 2002 and 2005, there were 24 acts of terrorism carried out in the United States. Twenty-three of the 24 incidents were carried out by White, “domestic terrorists”. Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security issued a report in April of 2009 that detailed the resurgence of “Rightwing Extremism” in the United States. Specifically, the report stated that economic downturns, as well as “the election of the first African American president”, are two of the main reasons “driving a resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment.” Going further, the report also noted that “the threat posed by lone wolves” and by white “terrorist cells is more pronounced than in years past.”

This Department of Homeland Security report came just after the killing of two Pittsburgh policemen by a rightwing extremist and only two months before the shooting at the Jewish Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC by James von Brunn, an avowed white supremacist. And for the record, neither the Pittsburgh nor DC gunmen were ever referred to as “terrorists”, despite their anti-government and politically motivated murders.

Another excuse given for the one sided application of the term “terrorist” is that there is no clear definition of the term. This is also incorrect. According to the Code of Federal Regulations, terrorism is described as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”. As seen from this definition, all of the recent incidents cited above, as well as the Olympic Park bombing by Eric Rudolph, the actions of the “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, and all of the 300 plus abortion clinic shootings and bombings between 1973 and 2003, fall comfortably within the established definition of “terrorism” by the federal government.

In closing, we are asked in the Holy Bible, “Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?” This is an admonition against hypocrisy and against holding others to a standard not met by ones self. The American public would do well to heed these words. By broadcasting the terrorist acts of others while omitting America’s own terrorist past and present, we create an artificial sense of self-righteousness. This artificial self-righteousness insulates the public from the dangers that White, domestic terrorists continue to pose to society. This insulation ultimately gives way to the “beam” in America’s collective sight; a blindness to these acts in the eyes of society.

If not properly addressed, it is this blindness that will allow the future John Patrick Bedells, James von Brunns and Timothy McVeighs to make their terrorist mark on our society.

25 comments
  1. word. i def agree w/ banner..some real truthful things that should never be forgotten, and more importantly – addressed.

  2. He’s right, they don’t want to call these white guys terrorist. Yet in still I don’t like muslims, for the most part they’re evil. Not all, but the vast majority are even when they’re not blowing up stuff they’re still crazy.

  3. Damn…I never even realized this, but looking back it is pretty clear that the media approaches white extremists very gingerly…quite a travesty. I bet if a white person had flown a plane into a Fox News corporate building, we’d all be hearing about white terrorists.

  4. This is a poor editorial fulla propaganda. Tim McVeigh was called a terrorist as was Bill Ayers, the WHITEBOY that taught Obama how to be Anti-American. The Uni-bomber was dubbed a terrorist also. ALL WHITE. this dude David Banner is not thinking clear. Do he live in a box down there in Misshippee? and why diss the Christians? must be a publicity stunt to boost his career. FAIL.

  5. Mr. Banner:

    Your remarks are on target! We need to call a “spade” a spade. The atmosphere is ripe for a Presidential assasination. Look at the crazies who were mislabeled that made remarks about John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Dr. King. They are dead precisely because of the inability of the US to properly identify homegrown terrorist! Let’s stay diligent.

  6. Finally. Somebody been sheding light on this topic. A sin is a sin! No matter who does it or how small or big the act is. We Americans fail sometimes to understand the truth and let the media sugar-coat incidents, thanks, Mr. Banner for this wonder paper.

  7. Also, I want to add, I understand your paper Mr. Banner but what about the victims who get caught up when a person do harm to them? It could be anything? What about the victims here ?

  8. I hate anti-America rants by people that live here but won’t leave here. America is the best country. If you love one of these muslim countries so much, then pack-up and go. See if what it’s like over there for a year, then tell us you want to stay for good.

  9. Thank God for David Banner. One of the few rappers left that is not afraid to tell the truth. A terrorist is a terrorist no matter what the color or religion is. And on a side note, we don’t play the race card. That card was played before Africans came to this country. Just ask Native Americans.

  10. I agree with David Banner 100 but the real terorist are we niggaz killing each other in the streets for dumb ass reasons

  11. One of the best articles i ve read its on point and is the truth if you like it or not. Many people forget about the native americans and the attempt to try and get rid of our nationality once columbus came to this continent. Im proud to say im a full blooded native american and our nationality grows more and more every yr. There shouldnt be a labeled race or color to terrorists. it is a topic that can be argued back and forth.

  12. @ GEORGE , you must be one of the stupidest persons on this planet ,do you actually know what you are sayin??? Damn ,horrible !!!

  13. All those who don’t agree with his words are the reason your country is fucked. It’s this persistent blind eye that western society has always had. People dislike arabs because apparently there all crazy and blow shit up…well damn man, if people were fighting a war in your hometown I guess you’d be pretty fuckin crazy too

  14. What a sad loser that has his mind so confused with skin color that he does not make sense.

  15. I never liked David Banner’s music so whatever he has to say is irrelavant anyway.

  16. To YA GURL? who cares if you don’t like his music is he fuckan singing in the letter?

    again. more stupid people on the internet.

  17. Anybody with the same perspective could have written this article. hes not boosting his career with this or tryin to make himself look better. i agree with this its the truth shows how dumb and one minded some people in the us really are.

  18. As a Black American, I’d hate to say it, but Mr. Real really does have a point.
    We kinda are segregating ourselves from society, dressing different, and creating “black only” clothing, “black only” churches, and so on.
    And why do we use the “N” word when talking to each other? That is a term that the white man gave us. It’s kinda ironic that we call ourselves a term that was made up by racist white people. Doesn’t really make sense.
    There’s prob people who read this who say I sound “white”, but I think the word should be replaced with “not ignorant,” or “thoughful, intelligent.” We are kinda dissin ourselves when someone speaks without usin ebonics and we call say they talk “white.”
    Most intelligent whites will actually take that as a compliment. I think we need to re-think the reputation we are building for ourselves in American society. If we keep this up, it will undoubtedly come back to bite us in the butt.
    But that’s just my opinion.

  19. I think he might’ve sold 1 more CD extra by pulling this stupid stunt. Banner needs to fire his publicist.

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