Three white supremacists were arrested on Sunday in Los Angeles, California, after attacking Hispanic men and women in a public park.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that the men screamed “Heil Hitler” and racial slurs while waving a wallet with the confederate flag in Stephen Sorensen Park.
The men are reported to have assaulted three Hispanic teens, after which a family tried to intervene in the fight. At this point the white supremacists drew knives and threatened the family, police said.
The father of the family told NBC Los Angeles:
They just started beating them up. They started coming towards us, and they pulled out some knives, and they were saying they would kill us.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The incident has not been referred to as terrorism in news reports, despite it bearing hallmarks of this FBI definition:
The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
Recent news reports have also shied away from using the 'T' word when describing a recent incident in which three counter-protesters were stabbed at a KKK rally in Anaheim on Saturday.
As Muslim American author Dalia Mogahed noted on MSNBC, months ago:
When you look at the majority of terrorist attacks in the United States, according to the FBI, the majority of domestic terror attacks are actually committed by white, male Christians.
And as Abed Ayoud, the legal and policy director for Washington DC-based thinktank the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, told indy100:
The only time the word terrorism or terrorist is used is when the perpetrator happens to be an Arab or a Muslim.
When the perpetrator happens to be a white American then the terminology is changed. So if it’s a white person then often we will hear that they have mental issues, they are troubled, different descriptions for their mental state.