I just knew it was the ninety-eight percent white conservative owned media up to their usual Obama hating tricks when a white Hispanic Orlando shooting survivor recalled how Omar Mateen asked; “Are there any blacks in here?” According to the witness Mateen then yelled out, “I have no problem with the blacks, they’ve suffered enough in this Country already”
My skepticism remained until I saw an interview with Patience Carter a 20 year old student, who called it the time of her life and the worst night of her life all in one.
Carter recalls hiding in a stall when Mateen burst into the bathroom and started shooting. Carter was hit in her legs. The shooting stopped then Mateen called out, “Are there any blacks in here?” In pain and too afraid to speak Carter remained silent but a young man in the stall next to her answered, “I’m black.”
The shooter then said, “I don’t have any problem with the blacks, you guys suffered enough, this is about my Country. ” Mateen left only to return again minutes later shooting Carter’s friend Akyra Murray who with Tiara Parker had made it safely out of the club only to return once realizing their friend Patience hadn’t made it out.
Parker was sparred a second time by calling out; “Don’t shoot me I’m black!” Murray bled out on the sidewalk-at 18 the youngest Orlando victim to be killed.
Hearing Patience Carter recount what the shooter had reportedly said did it for me-validating the earlier statements initially made by two Hispanic patrons who climbed a ladder into a small crawl space storage area over the bathroom.
So if Omar Mateen wasn’t a racist Tea Party nut angry that the President is black and blacks are-as Dylan Roof had said before murdering nine worshipers in that South Carolina church-taking over, then what in the hell is goin’ on? Is it possible that the racists are right, Mateen’s a radicalized Islamic Jihadist?
The Short answer is hell no. Mateen is a White Supremacist let me explain; He doesn’t hate blacks like Dylan Roof or Donald Trump but he does believe President Obama is helpless and when he leaves office the anti-Muslim racists will take over and either ban all Muslims or start another war with Islam. Its what the Republicans keep clamoring for.
White Muslims like all whites are so much more their race before their religion at least politically. It stands to reason because our race is given to us at birth and is non-negotiable where as, the interpretation of our faith fluctuates at best flutters at worst. Its impossible for non-Muslims to understand but imagine being white and having Anglo Christian whites demonizing you to the point-let’s face it- that you are viewed by them as black?
Good luck finding actual data on the percentage of American-Muslims voted for President Obama but not one exit Poll has the number at less than 80%. I remember Muslims calling into the talk shows-before they went 100% Conservative-offering that because Obama’s father was Muslim he’d be more sympathetic to their cause.
Obama’s approach was to negotiate and forge deals, an approach that racists and even chief rival Hillary Clinton scoffed at in 2008. The strategy worked all too well.
Obama negotiated the Iran Nuclear Deal, ended combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan while devastating terrorists-mostly with drones as opposed to ground troops. It was only after killing Osama Bin Ladin-depleting Al Qaeda and the Taliban thus promoting the JV(ISIS)-when concentrated air-strikes in the region were ordered.
The success of the Syrian air-strikes prompted discussions of renewed Afghan air-strikes in the wake of isolated but deadly suicide bomber attacks-at least five this month alone-killing and or wounding hundreds mostly in the Afghan capital city of Kabul.
Obama’s cerebral stealth-like approach to combat, allows racists to portray the nations most accomplished president as weak or even incompetent. Talk radio has been relentless in its false information about Obama’s foreign policy mostly centering on the CIA’s drone program.
For obvious reasons drone targets are classified allowing racists to argue the Administration is targeting civilians, puppies and Leprechauns. Its not true but the last thing we want to do is tell the terrorists who we’re targeting and how.
Racists lie on Obama’s foreign policy with the full understanding if you don’t have family there you can’t refute the claims being made. If you do have family or friends there the rumor mill can be damning-there’s even less accurate information in Afghanistan than there is here.
The misinformation causes a once hopeful white Muslim community to lose faith in President Obama’s ability to implement the policies and promise of his Presidency. Its totally not true but far better to let Tea Party faithful think they’re blocking Obama policy than actually have them do it.
Nothing the President or the 2% of us in control of media not owned by Conservatives can do will stop the false propaganda coming from the Republican Party-to say nothing of the Bernie Bots who also smell blood with Obama being termed out. What we can do is allow racists think they’re blocking Obama’s initiatives or that he’s a lame duck.
Finally, does anyone really think ISIS wants to be associated with a gay homophobic killer? It makes them look as bad as the cause they claim to be fighting. Omar Mateen wasn’t radicalized-he didn’t die for any cause-he gave his life because he wrongly believed Obama was gonna fail paving the way for anti-Muslim Trump nuts who’d wreak even more havoc on his beloved Afghanistan. Orlando happened because Mateen believed the Trump hype when these Idiots aren’t getting anywhere near the White House-that fact alone adds to the pain of this tragedy.
Those are my thoughts as usual, I invite yours.
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