There’s a lot to “take away” from the past few days of news and politics. The overriding lesson, for me anyways, is this:
The word “terrorist” is journalistic & political shorthand for a “nonwhite” person who perpetrates an act of political violence.
Jared Lee Loughner has been effectively defended left and (largely) right for two days now. Talking heads are chastising anyone who dares use the word “political” when referring to the assassination of a federal judge and attempted assassination of a member of Congress. Others are arguing anyone who does such a heinous thing can’t be of “sound mind,” invoking a level of compassion for him that is shocking considering the sentiment’s absence from most political discourse.
Yes, even the fantastically guilty enjoy the greatest of American privileges: