I want to help you get the news about domestic terrorism happening in the USA without having to spend hours on Twitter. So here ya go.
The NAACP, whose members are not strangers to violence, was attacked by a domestic terrorist at a Colorado chapter on Jan. 6, 2015. No one was injured. The gas can on the explosive didn't ignite.
Here are some tweets that I think give some important commentary on the incident.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has one historical perspective about the incident.
#NAACPBombing in Colorado Springs first attack on NAACP offices since 1993 http://t.co/SisU44GbWA pic.twitter.com/GzpXKMJNFH
— SPLC (@splcenter) January 7, 2015
Rep. John Lewis, who was beaten nearly to death during a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in the '60s, was reminded of something.
I am deeply troubled by the bombing in Colorado. It reminds me of another period. These stories cannot be swept under the rug #NAACPBombing
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) January 7, 2015
Questlove, of The Roots and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," joins the Twitter "WTF, news?" questioning with a knowing shrug.
wait...there was an #NAACPBombing for real? man...thank god for social media cause i woulda never known otherwise. oh well *shrug*....right?
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 7, 2015
Rashida Jones, with some emotional leadership and a *news article.*
PLEASE everybody, mainly national news outlets, CARE MORE ABOUT THIS, it's barely getting coverage: http://t.co/F0FCESedOr #NAACPBombing
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) January 7, 2015
Jose Antonio Vargas, famous for his own civil rights fight for immigrants, calls it as he sees it: domestic terrorism in the USA.
Dear news media:Can you please cover #NAACPBombing? This is domestic terrorism.
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) January 7, 2015
YouTube star Laci Green on the damage that the bombing is doing to humans and to our country, even though no one was physically injured.
white supremacy is alive and well in 2015. it shouldn't take a bombing to realize it - but it makes it much harder to ignore. #NAACPbombing
— Laci Green (@gogreen18) January 7, 2015
If you want in-depth explanations and perspectives, these members of the media are speaking way the heck up. If you haven't heard 'em, maybe you're not hearing them:
- Elon James White, independent media aficionado and host, AMAZING at Twitter.
#NAACPBombing provides an interesting moment to look at media's role in our society. Who is the media actually providing information for?
— Elon James White (@elonjames) January 7, 2015
- Orlando Jones, an actor you might recognize from TV's "Sleepy Hollow."
If we're gonna overuse a word, let's at least pretend to be consistent/honest in its application. #NAACPBombing = Terrorism. Point. Blank.
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) January 7, 2015
- Derrick Clifton, reporter for Mic.com.
Seriously, we should all be questioning WHY it took a trending hashtag for us to learn about the #NAACPBombing. We know the answer though...
— Derrick Clifton (@DerrickClifton) January 7, 2015
- Erica Tazel, television star of FX's "Justified," brings it all home by reminding us of the big picture.
Absolutely devastating the things we do to each other. The list is LONG, reported or not. Yesterday, NAACP bombing in CO. Today, Paris.
— Erica Tazel (@EricaTazel) January 7, 2015
This is just a start to the coverage. If you're interested in sifting through, Twitter's #NAACPBombing hashtag has you covered.