For all who, understandably, feel fear after a terrorist attack happens, from 9.11. to the Boston bombing.
By Chris Crass (July 15, 2015)
Imagine now that these kinds of terror attacks happen regularly, persistently, for hundreds of years in your community, and the people in official power in the city and country you live in, are either directly involved, or support policies and a pathologically violent and racist culture that justifies it. Now also imagine that a huge segment of society blames you and your community when these repeated terrorist attacks happen, or tell you, your exaggerating, making them up, over reacting, or, as is most often the case, completely ignore that this is even taking place, all the while celebrating and promoting the terrorists themselves and actively participating in the culture that nurtures, rationalizes and simultaneously obscures this terrorism at the individual, collective and institutional levels.
What if 9.11. was happening repeatedly in your community, at the hands of official power, in the laws and institutions of society – from the criminal justice system to education to health care – and rather then a response of horror from many in your country to this inconceivable nightmare, the common response is to either tell those targeted by this terrorism to get over it, or that their speaking of this terrorism is the real violence.