Terrorism & Justice

If just one caucasian Christian kills others because of radical ideology, it’s called “murder.”

If just one caucasian anti-Semite kills others because of radical ideology, it’s called “murder.”

If just one black Muslim kills others because of radical ideology, it’s called “terrorism.”

But if many Muslims kill others because of radical ideology, it’s called “an act of war.”

Institutional, systemic bias is bound to influence public opinion and policy. And if you repeatedly frame the news in certain ways, you should not be surprised when your audience takes your cues and makes them explicit (reap what you sow, etc.)

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RIP Steve Irwin

You know for a couple days I’ve been trying to think about what to say about Steve Irwin and I’m coming up short. It’s like Timothy Treadwell’s death: sad and tragic but not exactly surprising. I mean Steve was filming a documentary on deadliest sea creatures and one of them killed him… what more needs to be said.

It feels like Baguio outside, though I realize this description means nothing to many of you. Still some of you know exactly what I mean and know it means more than just the temperature. This is made more exciting because I may possibly be going back to Baguio (and Manila, and Bangkok) for Christmas after 5 years away.

Just two links for now:

  • 8 lottery winners who lost their millions
  • Christian right has hijacked his faith, evangelical says – I have this book on reserve at the library (also: Rebels on the Backlot). Looking forward to reading them.