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Read Article First Access Reading Bjelopera, J.
P. (August 21, 2017). Domestic Terrorism: An Overview. Congressional Research
Service. (Pages 1-39)
For this Active Learning Discussion, you will first need to
read the Congressional Research Service report titled: Domestic Terrorism: An
Overview (Bjelopera, 2017) to get an understanding of the various facets of
domestic terrorism. For this Active Learning Discussion, we will focus on three
separate incidents wherein groups of left-wing protestors and right-wing
protestors clashed. These three cases are the 2017 conflict in Charlottesville,
Virginia; the 1979 “Massacre” in Greensboro, North Carolina; and the “Covington
Boys’ Case” which occurred in Washington D.C. in 2019.
The Covington Boys’ Case was unusual in that there were
three different groups involved: the Indigenous Peoples’ March, comprised of a
group of native-American demonstrators; a group of Catholic high school kids,
who had just attended a “March for Life” pro-life event; and five members of
the Black Hebrew Israelites. Through the lens of the “escalator” model for
classifying extremist behavior, how would you classify the behavior of each of
these three opposing groups?
The second part of the question has to do with the initial
media coverage of the incident, versus what was later revealed to have actually
happened when the entire context of the incident was revealed. In your
opinion, what effect could previous incidents such as the Charlottesville
killing by a white supremacist, and the 1979 “Massacre” in Greensboro have had
in prejudicing the initial inaccurate reports by CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, The
Washington Post, and others? Who were the ultimate winners of this incident?
Who were the losers?
The length of your post should range between 500 words
minimum and 700 words maximum.