Conversations around white nationalism and its impact on the country have emerged once again. And a powerful new cover from Time magazine adds to this dialogue while shedding light on how overwhelming and ubiquitous the problem is.
In the wake of two deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the headline of Time magazine’s latest cover story reads, ‘We Are Being Eaten From Within.’ Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism.’
The cover shows the names of numerous cities where mass shootings have occurred, including El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy, California, where a mass shooting broke out at a food festival at the end of July.
Over the city names, the word “Enough,” is written in big, black letters, encapsulating the exhaustion many people feel when each new mass shooting occurs.
The article itself delves into who is behind the majority of America’s mass shootings, and what is being done — or not — to fix the problem. As the article explains, the far right has been responsible for 73 percent of domestic extremist-related fatalities, from 2009 through 2018. And according to FBI Director Christopher Wray, most of the bureau’s domestic-terrorism investigations since October had to do with white supremacy.
The article also explores the reasons why this issue isn’t being given the attention and resources it deserves, tracing counterterrorism initiatives from former President George W. Bush to current President Donald Trump.
There’s a lot at stake here. Time gets that, highlighting why it all matters in the last paragraph:
“If we cannot call an evil by its name, how can we hope to defeat it?”