Two women were minding their business on the local MAX light-rail train in Portland Oregon when 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian begun to hurl violent racist antics at them. “Muslims should die.”
He approached the women with a knife when fifty-three-year-old Army veteran Ricky John Best, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, a recent college graduate and 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher stood up to defend them. Rick John Best a father of four and Taliesin Myrddin (pictured above) lost their lives after repeated stabs to the torso as a result of the attacked. Micah David Fletcher is in critical condition but is recovering at a nearby hospital.
Jeremy Joseph participated in the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. Those actions are known other as the exact definition of Terrorism according to Merriam Webster. Thanks to fake news and over exaggerated media coverage that stereotypes peaceful Muslims as their opposition, radical jihadism. Failure to emphasize distinctions between the religion, manipulations based on religion and actual terrorists decrease the probability of radical wanna-be Nazis like Jeremy Joseph from being publicly prosecuted in the same light.
It stems from all sorts of beliefs
Manipulations based in religious exploitation can be traced back to the Atlantic Slave Trade as crusaders used the excuse of ‘Manifest Destiny’ an influence of the Catholic church to enslave thousands of Africans. Even more recently, the Christian faith has been used in contexts to exploit young women in order to deny or minimize their access to health care necessities in the United States, despite the so-called separation of church and state. Exploitations of the Muslim faith has been used to justify practices such as genital mutilation, discipling wives by harsh and violent means and unfortunately in many other ways as well.
Terrorists like Jeremy Joseph
Alt-right wing, Nazi mimickers, and white nationalists should be held to the same legal standard of prosecution as the Tsarnaev Brothers from the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing or any other terrorist who “participated in the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims” on American soil. Despite of their race, despite of their cause, this type of unlawful violence shouldn’t be marketed differently in media/news sources dependent of these factors. In return it would minimize the stigma on one group and instill the reality of the matter, racists can be of any race or religion.