On being called a terrorist rather than a criminal and the consequences it provoques

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“ There are a few key variables which determine what you are called and how you are treated when you commit a deadly act designed to cause widespread fear. Namely: how many people you killed; where you killed them; whether you shouted Allahu Akbar as you killed them and the colour of your skin. The whiter your skin, it seems, the more likely you are to be classified as a criminal rather than a terrorist (…) Right-wing terrorism doesn’t just get less media attention than Islamist terrorism – it gets less attention in policy. As the ADL report notes, the US still doesn’t have a federal domestic terrorism statute and federal spending on training law enforcement on issues such as rightwing violence and terrorism is extremely low. This is clearly ridiculous ”

Arwa Mahdawi, ‘How a neo-Nazi turned Islamist flipped terror narratives upside down’, The Guardian

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