There are over 100 crazed white terrorists in Oregon occupying a federal building, all in the name of standing in solidarity with two men convicted of arson over cattle-grazing rights.
Now let’s imagine for a second that this act of armed terrorism was done by black people. We all know that law enforcement wouldn’t let this go on for more than five minutes. Tanks, smoke bombs and guns would be immediately drawn. But no, that’s not happening in Oregon.
Over the last 24 hours, #OregonUnderAttack has been a trending topic, and it has highlighted the disparity in the reporting by news agencies such as ABC and CNN. Not once was the word “terrorist” used to reference the crazed white people in Oregon. And, of course, when it comes to calling a spade a spade, Twitter quickly came up with a name for the men. #YallQaeda and #VanillaIsis were born.
Interestingly enough, the first #YallQaeda reference made occurred in 2011, and it had nothing to do with Oregon but with Michael Slive, the former commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, a college athletics association.
Regardless of its origins, #YallQaeda and the Oregon terrorists are a clear example of just how domestic terrorism is treated when the faces behind it are white.