Is the Guy Who set the Fires in LA a Terrorist? Imagine if He was Mexican as Opposed to German

Harry Burkhart, a German national upset about the immigration status of him and his mother was said to be in court the other week for his mother’s hearing yelling “F— the United States!

This same Harry Burkhart was just arrested, accused of setting more than 50 arson fires in Los Angeles including one at the popular Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Complex.

In typical fashion we are now hearing news story after news story talking about the mental illness Burkhart may be suffering. We’re hearing stories about how he was agood man gone bad. We should show some sort of sympathy because he’s upset about having his family torn apart….

Harry Burkhart

Oh yeah three other facts y’all should note.. 1-Burkhart just arrived in the US on October of 2011.. His visa is set to expire at the end of January.. 2-He’s wanted for questioning in Germany for arson fires he’s accused of setting there..3-Burkhart’s mother is wanted for 19 counts of fraud back in Germany.

Is this a case of a distraught young man who loves his mother and acted out? is this a case of a young man who momentarily lost his way? Should we really be upset after all he didn’t kill anyone he just lit a few fires? Damaged property can be replaced. The love a man shows for his mother is universal and should be embraced and upheld-right?

Imagine if you would for one second, if those 50 arson fires was set by an undocumented Brown man-lets call him Julio. Let’s say 50 arson fires were set by Julio Gonzalez, upset that his wife, parents or kids were immigration legal limbo and set to be ousted from the United States. Could you imagine the outrage? Could you imagine the scorn that would come across every news station about the ‘evil ways of Brown folks?

We would have law makers climbing over themselves demanding we build more walls along the border and we would be empowering the police and any other law enforcement officer to check the papers of anyone fitting the description. Brown and immigrant communities would be under siege and sadly far too many of us would cheer. We would be asking are there any more Julio’s out there setting fires?We would be looking into Julio’s background trying to see if he was gang member and if his actions were part of a larger plan.

Brown students or farm workers from immigrant communities are always seen as criminals even if they are lawfully here..

No one would dare suggest that we show sympathy and understanding to Julio for ‘monetarily losing his way because immigration laws were tearing his family apart.. And don’t let us discover that the object of Julio angst was wanted in her home country for criminal activity like Burkhart’s mother. Don’t let us discover Julio or his family member was wanted in Mexico or El Salvador for 19 counts of fraud.

Terrorism? Yes, Julio would be considered a Domestic terrorist if he set 50 fires in a big city like Los Angeles and you could bet some overzealous Congressman like a Peter King would be demanding we hold hearings about the community Julio came from and whether they represent a threat to society.

In the case of Burkhart.. No one is asking aloud if Burkhart’s actions are connected to a larger plot? After all, we had the firebombing of Mosques in NY at the same time as LA was being set ablaze-coincedent or connected?

Burkhart is a German national.. Can we connect him to the growing Neo-Nazi movement here in the US? Can we connect every German both here and abroad to Nazism? Should German Americans be concerned that the heavy arm of the law will see each person of German decent as potential arsonist? Do we start looking at Germans as Anti-American?

As this case unfolds one should keep in mind the way we have come to view the case of Burkhart and hows its being isolated and framed. He’s a troubled young man who has mental problems. Contrast that with the words we’ve heard used to describe undocumented farm workers, street vendors or undocumented students pushing for the Dream Act to be passed-They and anyone who even looks like them are seen as lawbreakers who should be swiftly and harshly punished removed from our land. They are seen as threats to society while Burkhart is not..

Something to Ponder..

Davey D

Comments

  1. excellent insight!

  2. darkoverlord says:

    Ya didn’t miss a beat on this one did ya HOMESLICE?Your sharp as a machate,bOTHin your forward and back hand slices.So great to see your legend is real and not a myth created by media.So my young 21century Asian/Afrikan teller of tales and seeker of truths,RAGE ON !

  3. excellent article. the facts to this case reminds me of an older Paul Mooney joke: Black Criminals vs White Criminals

  4. Johnny Boy says:

    Bologna… The only people who would be outraged are far right conservatives. The media, who always takes the side of illegals, would downplay or even sympathize with any immigrant. (accept Fox News) The Federal government, who has shown very little interest in stopping illegal immigration, would not be crawling over themselves do do anything. The politicians in this country, especially California, are more concerned with getting the Latino vote than standing up for legal residents rights. So Davey D is way off, in my humble opinion.

  5. To johnny boy – the obama administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any other administration in recent history. so, the federal government has been doing quite a lot.

    to davey d, what about the hispanic guy who thought he was jesus and shot a gun at the white house a month or so ago. or the hispanic guy who was building bombs in nyc and bloomberg held a primetime press conference for soon after. neither of those incidents led to outrage at the hispanic community. politicians aren’t going to go on the same witchhunt for hispanics as they do for middle easterners because hispanics are generally christian (catholic or pentecostal) and they’re becoming an increasingly powerful voting base.

  6. Overall,black people need to wake up and get real hip and leave all this slave type behavior once and for all.Time has ran out,just like the Last Poets said years ago.

  7. FRUITOFISLAM19 says:

    This is the devils world and we as Blacks and Latinos have to live in it.When neo-nazis,Ku Klux Klan set fires they’re misunderstood and troubled?RIGHT?This is hilarious as well as absurd!!!!But when Blacks or Latinos set 50 fires we would be facing charges for arson which carry 20 years in prison and at 50 fires easily end up with life in prison.

  8. yuck….. please don’t send those psychos to Germany? We don’t want them back… LOL

  9. James Crowe Lawson says:

    This just doesn’t hold water as an argument. Everybody who lives in Cali knows that Hispanics have the upper hand here if you’re not in the 1% of the wealthy. If you are in the 1%, most likely it’s a person of Hebraic descent who calls the shots for you, if you’re not a son of Israel yourself. It’s the way the world works now, and male Caucasians have no socially acceptable claim to a “group identity/ racial solidarity” that is allowed every other group.

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