On Monday morning, talented musician Draylen Mason, 17, was killed by a bomb which had been left on his doorstep. He carried it into the kitchen and unwrapped it, triggering a powerful explosive which sent shrapnel tearing through his body, killing him and injuring his mother.
Ten days earlier, a similar package was sent to the home of Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old African-American project manager. A sound like a "metal dumpster getting hit by a truck" brought his neighbor outside, where she found House "torn apart."
House was declared dead an hour later as police debated whether to declare it a homicide. Citing "suspicious" circumstances, it was ruled that the victim could have sent the package as a way to end his own life: authorities said it was "an isolated incident and that there is no continuing threat to the community."
@deray My friend was the 1st victim of #AustinBombings. Media is sharing a DL pic that (bc of his skin color) ppl assume is a mugshot. Anthony Stephan House was a good man. Will you help amplify these pics that show WHO HE WAS? Shared by & credited to his bro Norrell Waynewood pic.twitter.com/wuFSApTYCL— ❄️Space Force Captain Tiffany❄️ (@tiffanyclay) March 13, 2018
Throughout the attacks, Trump has remained silent. He's posted pictures of himself inspecting California's section of the Mexico-U.S. border wall; visits with foreign ministers; updates on trade deals; even prayers to the families of pilots, but not a word for the House, Mason or Herrera families.
Despite Trump's campaign promises to eliminate terrorism, his interest seems to wane when the victims are people of color.
"It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true: his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power," writes Ta Nehisi Coates in Atlantic essay 'The First White President.'
It's not the first time Trump has turned a blind eye towards such atrocities. Following the Charlottesville attack in 2017, he failed to condemn white supremacist groups, placing blame "on both sides" instead of with the right-wing extremists responsible.
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