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A man in a Home Depot truck deliberately drove into a bike path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians, crashed into a school bus, then fled the truck, brandishing fake guns and shouting “Allahu akbar!” He was shot by a policeman and taken to the hospital. At least eight people were left dead and many more injured.

Those are the facts, but facts don’t matter. In cases like this, what counts is the spin. The post-Islamic-attack commentary goes more like this …

So far, the only concrete information we have about the driver is that he was a lone attacker, he is from Florida, and he has recently been living in New Jersey.

In the bubble of your white-skinned privilege, I know you badly wanted this to be a dark-skinned person, a foreigner — the “other” — but you’re just going to have to accept the fact that the driver was a guy from Florida. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov — just another homegrown terrorist.

Going forward, our most urgent task as a country is to figure out how to defeat Islamophobia. I plan to spend the rest of the week shaming Islamophobes on Twitter and Facebook.

For clarity, immediately after the incident, sources inside the New York Police Department debunked the “terrorism” narrative, saying that it was an incident of road rage between two truck drivers. At a press conference hours later, Police Commissioner James O’Neill refused to confirm whether the suspect had shouted “Allahu akbar” and declined to state the attacker’s name or nationality.

I don’t know why, since he’s from Florida. But the bigotry of Islamophobia doesn’t always pay attention to details.

Contrary to the toxic delusions of Faux News hosts, white men are a BIGGER domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners.

Here’s a recent tally:

Fort Hood massacre, Nov. 5, 2009: Nidal Malik Hasan — VIRGINIA MAN

Boston Marathon bombing, April 15, 2013: Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev — MASSACHUSETTS MEN

San Bernardino slaughter, Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik — ILLINOIS MAN (AND WIFE)

Pulse nightclub massacre, June 12, 2016: Omar Mir Seddique — NEW YORK MAN

Ohio State car and knife attack, Nov. 28, 2016: Abdul Razak Ali Artan — OHIO MAN

Charlottesville car attack, Aug. 12, 2017: James Alex Fields Jr. — OHIO MAN

Oops, no! I mean: WHITE SUPREMACIST, ALT-RIGHT NEO-NAZI James Alex Fields Jr.

Manhattan truck attack, Oct. 31, 2017: Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov — FLORIDA MAN

Although some of these assailants were born elsewhere, “extreme vetting” is not only racist, but most important, it doesn’t work. An intelligence assessment by the Department of Homeland Security in March of this year found that most foreign-born U.S. terrorists become “radicalized” only after living in America for a number of years. Traditional masculinity, whiteness and heteronormativity are the root causes of terrorism.

Chillingly, Tuesday’s attack was predicted by an ad released just a day earlier against Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. The ad, produced by the Latino Victory Fund, shows a white man in a pickup truck with a Confederate flag and a Gillespie campaign sticker chasing down innocent Hispanic and Muslim children.

We don’t yet know if all the victims of Tuesday’s attack were Mexican children.

The truth is, we are, as Phil Donahue used to say, a deeply racist society. If the perpetrator — again, Florida man Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov — was a person of color, this just proves it. Sayfullo was probably so ground down by Islamophobia that he felt the only option left to him was the event in lower Manhattan. This incident encapsulates the breadth of the battle against racism we have to fight every day in this country.

Perhaps Sayfullo could be faulted for blocking the bikers’ lane, but the rest was the natural reaction to a society where, night after night, Fox News hosts indoctrinate viewers in irrational hatred toward “Islamic extremism.”

Since announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump has done very little to make Muslims feel their space is safe. Immediately after the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center documented 140,849 reports of hijabs being ripped off marginalized Muslim women on college campuses across the nation.

Ironically, Trump wants to end the very “diversity lottery” that allowed Sayfullo to come to this country in the first place! The LAST thing we want to do is alienate members of this community. We need more members of the community to come here, so they can warn us about other members of their community.

New York’s bad-ass governor, Andrew Cuomo, said it best: NEW YORKERS WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED. Ordinary people who don’t have security guards will have to learn to live with the occasional “terrorist attack.” True patriotism is having faith in this country’s ability to respond creatively, with extra airport screening, bollards, closed circuit cameras, check points, heavy policing and fewer public events.

If we truly, as a country, are committed to the American ideal of justice and equality for all, we can’t wait until a crisis happens to build bridges, educate, counteract false narratives and foster peace.

I want to believe that a massive re-education program about white privilege would work. But at this point, we might have sunk too deep into our own Eurocentric entitlement for white people to begin to unpack their privilege.

What I would really like to have, but despair of ever having, is an honest conversation about race, requiring white Americans to sit down and patiently listen to hours and hours of angry denunciations of their privilege.

Perhaps the Latino Victory Fund could lead it.

But unfortunately, we are a nation of cowards. I know it takes balls to say that, but, like Gov. Cuomo, I am all balls.

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Ann Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.

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  • RobfromVA

    Go ahead New York, continue to endanger your lives by voting in the likes of Cuomo, who thinks more of foreigners than of you!

  • Scots-Irish

    Is this some sort of April Fool joke?

  • Samuel DiLiberto

    This is what we get for letting lawyers run our country, they just have to keep the clock running.

  • John Centonze

    Watch out Ann! Most people will know this article is tongue-in-cheek but the dim- witted Lefties will take it as an indication that that witch Ann Coulter has finally had an epiphany and is seeing things clearly now. Months down the road, these statements will be taken out of context and thrown in your face, but you’re savvy enough to realize this…I hope.
    By the way, nice new photo!

  • THOMAS BYRNES

    You keep punching, baby! It’s way past time that we had a St. Bartholomew’s Day

    massacre on this paynim trash.

  • Firewagon

    As the choir shouted, AMEN! “What I would really like to have, but despair of ever having” is the AMERICA I grew up in for the future benefit of my grandchildren! Sadly my generation will NOT leave a better America, and life, for our children!!

    • Jerryb53

      Sadly it’s our generation that has caused all this crap. The government of our generation has destroyed America. As soon as WW2 ended we got in bed with Nazi scientists and the rest is history. What kind of Country takes in people who conduct experiments on people that are still alive. What kind of Country takes in people that slaughtered 6 million people because they felt like they should no longer exist?
      These people we took in after WW2 became board members of some of our major Corporations. Their Eugenics plans have taken the shape of abortion, euthanazer. Their goal is just the same as it was in Nazi Germany. To weed out the inferior(in their minds) and put them to death. Kill off 90% of the population so they can inherit the Earth.

      • Firewagon

        Mostly agree Jerry; however, I shy away from indicting the entire German population. A few even gave their lives in attempting to remove Hitler. I’m something of a “hybrid,” being both of Cherokee (trail of tears) and German decent! Many ‘German-Americans,’ although they hyphenated themselves NOT in that day, fought in WWII – my father was a medic & more German than I. 😉

        • Jerryb53

          No I’m not saying anything bad about the german people just the nazi’s and their regime. My father fought the Germans and he said they were good fighters and he respected them. He said it wasn’t their fault that their leader was crazy.

          It’s the people who suffer under their leaders tyranny. Mao, Hitler, Stalin..they all killed their own people. I was specifically blasting out government for integrating these Nazi’s into our Country. It’s not a proud moment in our Nations History. Getting in bed with the devil.

  • Jerryb53

    Nice sarcasm Ann.

  • Ron C

    Yeeesss…the only way whitey can keep their political correctness badges now is to just crawl under the bed and die…???
    Whitey is just to violent…well accept or the elite whites running the democrat party plantation that is…!

  • subway1973

    It would be nice to have someone that have a carry permit that had a chance to stop that MUSLIUM SOB in the truck maybe less people would have died or got hurt . It would not happen in PA 50 % of the people have carry permits and surprise we carry real guns not toy guns like that asshole had

  • Spam_Eater

    Ann, you hit the nail on the head. One of our local TV stations in Nashville has a story up on their web site referring to that white guy from FL named Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov only as as a “New York Motorist”. Further into the story, they further clarify that it was a “man in a rented pickup.”