Watch the new video for the Department of Homeland Security’s $10 million “See Something, Say Something” campaign, and you’re bound to get one of two messages…
If you’re really, really stupid and/or haven’t paid any attention to the events of the past 20 years or so – or even the events of the last 10 – you’ll conclude that white people are more prone to terrorist activity than any other ethnic group.
If you’re smart and/or have paid attention to anything other than yourself, you might recall that the attacks against the U.S. on 9/11/01 and the following train bombings in Spain, subway bombings in London, hotel bombings in India, church bombings in Egypt and attempted bombings in NYC, Chicago and the larger Baltimore area – as well as a few flights here and there – were all committed by Middle Eastern, Islamist extremists.
Look it up.
That unfortunate truth is almost entirely absent from Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano’s latest piece of… propaganda, which features white men skulking around parking garages, warehouses and government buildings wearing hoodies. One of the perhaps dozen thugs might be black and one might possibly be Middle Eastern; it’s rather difficult to tell.
For 10 minutes, the video details how to report suspicious activity to the proper authorities. So, like good citizens, two black men, one black woman, one Middle Eastern man and one Asian man all do just that, as a condescending voiceover warns any probably racist whites watching not to judge people by their appearance.
But let’s face it: That’s exactly what they’re trying to do. Call it racism or reverse racism, but the video clearly – and largely baselessly – makes white males out to be the bad guys.
Of course, white men or white people in general can be bad guys in "regular" situations. I know of plenty who lie, cheat, steal, rape, murder and generally act like narcissistic jerks.
And yes, there definitely have been a few cases of white terrorists, as the video kindly reminds us. But the vast majority of terrorists today aren't white. They’re Middle Eastern.
Napolitano’s disgracefully inaccurate efforts are probably simply meant to further the idea that the Tea Party – or the Republican “cult fringe,” as Democrat Senator Tom Harkin likes to call us – is filled with vile, violent people.
So, in that case, it seems fitting to apply Tea Party-favorite Rep. Allen West’s words to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Napolitano as well:
“You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!”