In the US, mass shootings and violence are just a part of our culture and accepted as our daily, living reality. Stories and reports about chronic nationwide urban violence have become redundant to the point where it is briefly mentioned, usually in the most casual and absurd ways.
Spectacular massacres and or attacks, while sensational for news headlines, are also becoming a banal feature of everyday life. Case in point is the attack on a Georgia courthouse by the self-identified sovereign citizen, Dennis Ronald Marx. Marx drove his SUV to the front steps of a Georgia courthouse, armed to the teeth, clearly planning to take control of the courthouse and those inside,
Marx had both homemade and commercially made explosives on his body and in the SUV he was driving, cops told the Macon Telegraph. Marx also had water, supplies and zip tie restraining devices, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It’s not clear what type of explosives Marx had.
Most mainstream media outlets made no mention of Marx’s membership in the Sovereign Citizens Movement. Many of the reports on the attack mirrored CNN, which made no mention of Marx’s involvement with SCM. The FBI has designated SCM a “domestic terrorist organization.”
Responsible media outlets (of which we have few) would consider this aspect to Marx’s identity to be a major part of the story. Unfortunately, outside of Atlanta outlets the mainstream media has been woefully silent on the subject. The Atlanta Journal Constitution published one of the few articles on the subject, that made passing references to “terrorist” activity.
The group, which normally functions on a platform of inconveniencing the system has, as in cases like this morning been known to commit violent acts, primarily targeted at the law enforcement officials they claim have no authority when they are feeling desperate.
The SPLC reported seven law enforcement officers have been killed by Citizen extremists since 2000, with additional people injured.
Sovereign Citizens membership is believed to be sharply on the rise – as of 2011 an estimated 100,000 fully engrossed members and an additional 200,000 coming into the fold according to the SPLC .
However the description of “terrorist” or “homegrown terrorist” have practically not been employed to describe Marx or his attack. Is it because he is White and non-Muslim?
If he had been Muslim, you can be sure that it would be splattered all across the headlines. “Terrorism experts” would clog up the airwaves and Fox News would once again be agitating for war and proclaiming Obama’s drone attacks insufficient.