216 Angående terroristattacken på gaybaren i Orlando

Många amerikanska medier rapporterade om att massmordet på homosexuella på en gaybar i Orlando, Florida, var det största i USA:s historia. Jag tänker inte länka till någon av de källorna utan bara till LA Times som redovisar massakrer i USA. Det här fenomenet kallas för ”whitewashing”, som man förstår betydelsen av om man kollar på vad t.ex. bab.la översätter ordet till på svenska.

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Wikipedia förklarar begreppet ”whitewashing” som ”to gloss over or cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data”. I det här fallet har en del media skalat bort historia där bl.a. den amerikanska staten varit mördare så att det bara passar det vita amerikanska samhället. Jag är starkt övertygad om att döda, och deras närmaste, inte bryr sig ett dugg om deras mördare är enskilda galningar eller polis/militär. Mord är mord oavsett vem som står för dödandet. De största masskjutningarna i USA:s historia innan Orlando är enligt LA Times alltså:

    • Sand Creek Massacre: In 1864, about 675 soldiers rode toward a tribal campsite in eastern Colorado and opened fire, killing more than 165 Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe members. More than half the dead were women and children, according to the National Park Service. Black Kettle, a Cheyenne chief, is said to have waved a white flag as the troops approached. He survived the massacre and was killed four years later by Gen. George Armstrong Custer.
    • Clear Lake Massacre: In 1850, a U.S. cavalry unit descended on a tribe of Pomo Indians living on an island in Lake County, Calif., and killed at least 60 men, women and children. The army had sought revenge for the death of two white settlers who had “long enslaved, brutalized and starved indigenous people in the area,” according to a plaque placed at the site by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
    • Wounded Knee Massacre: In 1890, U.S. Army troops near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota opened fire on Lakota Chief Big Foot and a band of his tribe. More than 150 men, women and children were killed.
    • Rock Springs massacre: In 1885, a group of white men and women fatally beat and shot at least 28 Chinese immigrant laborers during a riot at a coal mine in southwestern Wyoming. Historians say the riot was sparked by growing displeasure over the mine’s practice of hiring Chinese workers and paying them a lower wage than American citizens.
    • Tulsa race riots: A white mob attacked black residents in Tulsa, Okla., in 1921 and burned down the Greenwood neighborhood, which was then the wealthiest black business district in the United States. Modern estimates place the death toll at 50 to 300 people, many of them shot. 
    • Elaine massacre: Black men in Elaine, a small town in eastern Arkansas, met in the fall of 1919 to discuss how to collect more money for their cotton crops. During the meeting, a white man who was deputized was shot. In the riot that followed, as many as 200 black people were shot and killed.
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