- A senior political analyst says the recent wave of racial killings in the US is the result of the hate ideology promoted by the 19th-century Ku Klux Klan organization, which should be considered as a brutal act of terrorism, not hate crime.
"The organization, which has now been stripped of its name, still exists and splinters into different manifest forms: racial hatred, religious hatred and ideological hatred," Ismail Salami wrote in an article published on Press TV on Thursday.
The expert added that the Ku Klux Klan is not extinct and is estimated to have more than 10,000 dedicated "hatetivists" in the United States alone, "who spare no efforts in giving vent to their racial and religious hatred by intimidating and liquidating those they deem as the wretched of the earth."
Salami stated that despite their heinous crimes, the group is "innocently" called a hate group and the crime they commit is categorized as a hate crime rather than an act of terrorism.
"According to a lame definition for the unfortunate term provided by the FBI, 'A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson or vandalism with an added element of bias,'" he added.
The expert said what the new followers of Ku Klux Klan do "is more than a crime against an individual; rather, it is a systematically organized crime targeting certain human races who do not easily fall into their definition of humankind."
"They put themselves in place of God and decide who lives and who doesn't. This insanity has claimed the lives of others including Trayvon Martin, Kendrec McDade and Shaima Alawadi to mention only a few," Salami said.
Referring to the murder of Trayvon Martin on February 26, by a white man claiming to have killed the teen in self-defense, the author added, "Crimes of this nature are basically put a lid on and soon forgotten."
"The perpetrators of these organized crimes work under the aegis of those who keep manufacturing a phobia of race and religion in order to maintain their supremacy over a certain religion or race," he said.
The author concluded that people committing such crimes have a mindset "built upon an ideology rooted in blind ignorance and prejudice; they are indeed benighted souls trapped in their cocoon of ignorance."