Writing for the Huffington Post, writer Shea Watts wonders aloud how the United States could possibly condemn ISIS when the US has been committing terrorism for hundreds of years.
His article, “Looking Within: The Convenient Amnesia of American Terrorism,” argues that Americans have perpetrated terrorism for centuries and that we must face these facts or else we are hypocrites for condemning the terror attacks in Paris last week.
“How much blood is on our hands?” Watts asks. “What a shame that we, as a nation, have not looked upon our sins. We have not asked forgiveness for the the lives and bodies and communities we have destroyed. These unreconciled acts of the past continue to manifest themselves in our society.”
Hypocritical whites and Christians have terrorized black people for hundreds of years. African Americans are, in fact, still subjects of terrorism.
“We live in a country where the dead body of a black teenager can be left in the street for hours, where police are recorded, time after time, beating, shooting, and mistreating blacks, but are seldom charged for their crimes,” he writes.
“How convenient is it that so many act as if these acts of terror never happened or pretend that this degree of hate does not exist?” Watts asks.
“Do we realize how these terrorist acts are reaffirmed and even recommitted by not only our actions, but also by our words?” he says, stating that words can “recommit” acts of terror. “At the very least, this should make one pause and think before one says, “ALL LIVES MATTER.””
Watts concludes, “So before you make a statement on race, educate yourself on the history of American terrorism… We must come to terms with our own violence against our own people before we can condemn ISIS and the likes of them.”
iOTW Report was the first to write about Watts’s article.