I believe that apartheid South Africa and al-Qaeda have provided white supremacists a blue print for not only gaining control of substantial portions of American territory but for governing it. The splinter cell model used by Islamic terrorists is flexible enough to disrupt transportation and communications hubs in the U.S.
Terrorists do not fit a physical description, much to the chagrin of most Americans who choose to remain naive about domestic terrorism. Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nicols, and now Dylann Roof have squashed the theory that terrorists are all a bunch of rag-heads.
Let’s face it. A fraction of the estimated 300,000 white supremacists in the U.S. as cited in the article below could, if properly armed and supplied, wreak havoc in cities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Miami. I get nervous sitting in traffic on I-75/85 for this reason. A few armed asswipes with automatic weapons could take out hundreds of drivers. Supremacists could easily put a hit on a black church in West End Atlanta and escape unscathed even with a police precinct in the neighborhood. I believe we take our safety for granted.
I lived in Maryland during the DC sniper attacks. To this day if I’m sitting at a light and I see any type of flash, I get jumpy. I still recall walking in a zig-zag from my car to the courthouse in Rockville hoping that my pattern would throw off a sniper; hoping I’d get home to my toddler son. A couple years later, the violent gang, MS-13, would leave its impact along the I-270 corridor, raising concerns for law enforcement and the public at large.
Terrorism is real. Combine its threat with a changing economy that is leaving more people disenfranchised and I believe you create something similar to an emergence of Hitler’s brown shirts. White men, especially lesser educated and unskilled, may allow themselves to fall victim to the hate-filled narrative that their circumstances are the fault of black and brown peoples. Today’s technology allows the hate to spread faster. Just imagine if Hitler had the internet to spread “Mein Kampf”?
Yes, we can all act like the line from Don Henley’s “All She Wants to do is Dance” and keep our heads stuck in the sand or we can start taking the initiative to seriously address hate in the United States. Ignoring it or being emotionally reactive with calls for prayer time won’t cut it. Many of these white supremacists are carrying bibles and singing “We Shall Overcome” as well. It’s just that their lyrics are a tad different….