The Face of Terrorism

Azia Ross

In our country today we believe what’s being shown in society. Things need to change in order for there to be peace. There needs to be compromise and adjustment. Everything can’t be skindeep or problems will continue to arise and worsen over time.

Terrorism has been one of our country’s  most significant problems. Foreigners from various places attack our homes. The infamous 9/11 attack, forever burned in our minds has launched our perception of terrorism. A person suspected of terrorism is almost always a muslim or someone who looks muslim. Our country’s perception is biased and media-based. We are not killers or apart of any terror groups but for some reason we believe we can judge and tell you what’s going on in the mind of a terrorist. The man who was accused of being the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack was targeted because of his appearance. In video footage he was seen wearing a turban and was assumed to be Muslim. Little incidents like these go unnoticed in our country but they happen everyday, everywhere, and influence a lot of society today. We’ll automatically judge people for their outward appearance instead of logistics, needed to make a true statement about what’s being seen.

The most recent attack has been the mass shooting that occurred at a Las Vegas country music festival, killing 58 people and leaving 546 injured. This isn’t anything new to our country. A mentally ill person taking innocent lives is something that has been seen around our world for decades, that’s not what is causing heads to turn. It’s the fact that this vicious attack isn’t being classified as Terrorism. The official definition of terrorism states that it is ‘’ the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.’’ If this is what terrorism is and means then why isn’t this act of violence being labeled by what it is? No one is calling this a terror attack because the perpetrator does not fit society’s expectation of what a terrorist looks like. These are little subtleties that happen all the time but since this incident in Las Vegas is so known, people are starting to see it as it is. Terrorism should not have a face or a complexion.