OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Last weekend, a man acting alone stabbed one Brooklyn police officer and shot two others. It appears the attacker wasn’t even engaged by the police: He simply walked up to the group of cops and attacked. He is now in the hospital in critical condition after being shot by the cops.
Assuming he survives, he is facing three counts of attempted murder.
Notably, the attacker screamed “Allahu Akbar” three times during the attack. “Allahu Akbar,” loosely translated, means “God is Great” in Arabic. It is a declaration of faith, but it has repeatedly been used as a rallying cry during attacks and acts of terrorism committed by Islamic extremists.
Despite this declaration, however, the NYPD doesn’t want us to assume the attacker’s motive.
Apparently the attacker recently started a Twitter account and ‘liked’ a bunch of anti-police posts. I guess the authorities are unsure whether this was an act of Islamic terrorism or just run-of-the-mill police hatred.
For what it’s worth, a relative of the attacker, whose family is Bosnian, says the attacker is a practicing Muslim but is “absolutely not a terrorist.” If the attacker hadn’t yelled out “Allahu Akbar” (multiple times!) during the course of his attack, I’d be more inclined to believe it.
Right now, I’m just here to point out the double standard. A Muslim man yells what has almost become an Islamic terrorist rallying cry while attacking police officers, but claiming the attack was ideologically motivated is discrimination or something. Meanwhile, a multiracial group of cops – the leader of whom had EIGHTEEN prior complaints filed against him – kill a black man and we’re supposed to automatically assume the cops are racist.
To be clear: What happened to George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis cops is a tragedy, and the cops involved deserve to be punished for their actions. However, we don’t have a lot of evidence on whether the officers’ treatment of George Floyd was racially motivated. It certainly might have been. But it’s also possible these guys were just bad cops.
In summary: When a white guy does something wrong, especially to a black victim, you must assume racism. When a minority does something wrong, especially to a cop, don’t assume anything–even if he’s espousing his ideology while attacking the officers. Just ignore that and move along.
Reality really is stranger than fiction these days.