Stop Calling It Terrorism

The white supremacist attack on the Capitol on January 6 has shed light on many familiar problems around how such violence is covered by the media and reacted to by policy makers and even our own communities.

Discussions have taken place about how to talk about this attack, the use of the terrorism framework and what that means in prolonging the almost 20 year old Global War on Terror, and why even when an act of violence is clearly rooted in U.S. right-wing, white supremacist movements, some still rely on anti-Muslim metaphors to describe and respond to it.