What Makes A Terrorist?


Katie Fortin, a native of northern Vermont, is in her senior year of undergrad at the University of Alabama. She is currently working towards a degree in English with a minor in Religious Studies.

When you hear the word “terrorist” what do you think? You probably imagine a dark skinned Middle Eastern man. But why is that? Why don’t we picture someone like Timothy McVeigh, a white American, who was responsible for the Oklahoma City Bombings of 1995, the largest domestic terrorism act until 9/11? For me, the answer lies in a couple of questions we’ve discussed in a multitude of the courses I’ve taken through the Religious Studies Department: Who gets to tell a story? And what effect does that have on our society?

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