We Should Really Stop Ignoring All the Terrorists on 4chan

by | Jan 19, 2017 |

America has a pretty obvious problem preventing incidents where someone walks into a crowded area and starts shooting everyone in sight. A big part of that problem is that, at least when the person doing the shooting is white, we’re oddly reluctant to call these incidents acts of terrorism. Instead, we act like they’re senseless tragedies that no one could have foreseen or prevented. And when we assume someone isn’t a terrorist, we don’t look into whether they acted on behalf of a terrorist organization.

Consider the story of Elliot Rodger, who went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, California in May 2014. Rodger was very active in the internet’s “incel” community, a collection of internet message boards for the “involuntarily celibate” – or phrased less politely, sex-addicted virgins who have tried and failed to become “pick-up artists” and abandoned all hope. Rodger made his motive very clear in a series of videos and manifestos (which were shrugged off by authorities at the time) that he, essentially, planned to murder as many women as he was able, in order to punish the world for not providing incels like himself with loving girlfriends.

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