NYC was shaken up yesterday after 29-year-old, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov ran over bicyclists as well as pedestrians near the World Trade Center. CNN reports that six were killed on sight while two others died later. There were broken bites and people lying in the streets trying to get medical help.
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When the news first broke Saipov was only called the “suspect” and by later on that day they not only revealed his name, but called him a terrorist. A video posted by Splinter called “Why White People Aren’t ‘Terrorists,’” paints a picture of how the word “terrorist” is used only in certain circumstances. On the video the man talks about how we’ve been fighting the war in Afghanistan for nearly 16 years and how we are still fighting all in the name of terrorism.
The word is used abroad as well as in the US and in the video he talked about how white men such as Dylann Roof or James Alex Fields are never called “terrorists.” The government uses the word only for certain people to justify bending the rules. Lastly, the video asks at the end, “what do they mean when they say terrorism?” What are your thoughts on the video?