Letter to the Editor: Why not call it a terrorist act?

Editor:

So … a vehicle plows into a group of people in Barcelona, Spain. Immediately it was named an act of terrorism by the Spanish leadership. It was all over the news in the United States, and U.S. politicians quickly echoed the word – terrorism.

So … a vehicle plows into a group of people in Berlin, Germany. Immediately it was named an act of terrorism by the German leadership. It was all over the news in the United States, and U.S. politicians quickly echoed the word – terrorism.

So … a vehicle plows into a group of people in Nice, France. Immediately it was named an act of terrorism by the French leadership. It was all over the news in the United States, and U.S. politicians quickly echoed the word – terrorism.

So … a vehicle plows into a group of people in London, England. Immediately it was named an act of terrorism by the British leadership. It was all over the news in the United States, and U.S. politicians quickly echoed the word – terrorism.

So … a vehicle plows into a group of people in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Immediately it was not and has not been named as an act of terrorism by the spoilt boy-child who really is not living in the White House. It’s called an act of bigotry. Why?

Why are the actions of these white supremacists not called acts of terrorism when the ideas and actions of the white supremacist groups follow ideological principles and practices of terrorists?

Why has the American political leadership failed to identify this action as terrorism? Why can we look across the ocean and see terrorism, but we fail to identify it when it’s in our backyard?

Why are we not treating the death of Heather Heyer as an act of terrorism? Why?

Lisa Currie,  Toms Brook

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