A video released by the Department of Homeland Security urging people to report anything suspicious has caused outrage by characterising white middle class Americans as the most likely terrorists.
The promotional video is part of Homeland Security’s $10million ‘See Something, Say Something’ programme as they believe it will help curb random acts of terrorism by individuals.
But the controversial video has angered some Americans due to the fact all the actors who play the would-be terrorists in the video are white, and the people who report them are either black, Asian or Arab.
What would happen – it is asked – if it was the other way about?
The ten-minute clip shows a number of scenarios in which different behaviours which could be characterised as terrorism are played out.
These include – wearing a hooded top, driving vans, opposing surveillance footage, using a video camera, talking to police officers and recording something on your smartphone, among others.
The voice over urges viewers not to consider a person’s race when making a decision on whether or not they are a terrorist.
According to infowars.com, who believe that the DHS chose white actors deliberately as a way to instil fear into American society, the department’s own internal documents list predominantly white conservative groups as the most likely terrorists, such as ‘Ron Paul supporters, gun owners, gold bullion enthusiasts, and a myriad of other comparatively banal political interests that are largely the domain of white middle class Americans’.
The site quotes Ohio University’s John Mueller, who collected figures to show that Americans are more likely to be killed by lightening strikes, accident-causing deer or severe allergic reaction to peanuts.
DHS has confirmed the video is theirs but adamantly deny there are any racial or politically correct overtones to it.
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