President Donald Trump, United States, Charlottesville discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria

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You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent and nobody wants to say that, but I'll say right now, you had a group. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent that was President Donald Trump at a press conference to discuss it infrastructure policy in Trump Tower on August fifteenth. He also said that there was blame on both sides as well as very fine people on both sides these remarks followed the president's initial prepared remarks deliver August twelve. And when she said, quote, we condemn in the strongest possible terms, this agreed display of hatred, bigotry in violence on many sides, many sides unquote. Where they're very fine people on the side of the alt-right, some of even called the actions of white supremacists a form of domestic terrorism. The scholars I spoke with agreed here's community again who said she has no hesitations about characterizing Charlottesville violence as domestic terrorism. I think we have here in the US pretty healthy, homegrown domestic terrorist culture in some corners of the u. s. and I do think that it's actually a culture that has a long historical legacy is obviously a domestic terrorist group. And even when people weren't organized that way, the fact that you could have lynchings of people without due process is clearly assign that we have a history of terrorism here. And so I feel like the white supremacists who were engaging in these actions in Charlottesville where part of one of the histories of the US in that respect on repair Christmas agreed. I think white supremacy is a form of terrorism, and I think how we label terrorism is a form of white supremacy. The fact of the matter is we don't call the tax on black people. Terrorism is rife with problems. Black folk are terrorized every day in this country. Now we have the cell phone evidence to prove it. And so we try our best to hide the harsh realities that are imposed upon black people every day. And we excuse this terrorism away because white folk are doing it. I mean, but it's terrorism is trying to use intimidation to put certain people in their place or to move them out of existence or into another place. And that's happening all across the country. Once escalates to violence. I have a hard time seeing how it's not domestic terrorism in terms of if we're going to define terrorism as violence against civilians in the name of a political cause or ideology. I think within the legal framework that the United States has terrorism is really only something that can be applied to foreign terrorist groups for the most part. So it can be very difficult to prosecute domestic terrorism by groups that are not say affiliated with Al Qaeda or the Islamic state. But in terms of the spirit of what terrorism actually is, I don't know how you look at some of these groups and the violence that they're carrying out and not conclude that it was politically motivated in some fashion. So I do think that it's an appropriate label for the kind of violence that we're seeing. I asked Chris to consider whether we can apply lessons from programs designed to prevent.

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