When people think terrorism they think ISIS (Hey Jerks! Thanks for ruining my favorite Saturday morning tv show from when I was a kid!) or Hamas and al Qaeda. However, except for a brief media exposure by Michelle Obama when school girls were kidnapped, Boko Haram has received almost no attention.
Now part of me thinks the silence on Boko Haram is both racist and sexist in nature, but if it is, it is on a much more subtle level and not a blatant attempt to let people die. However, subtle or not it cannot be ignored. It cannot be ignored because too many people are dying and people are dying because we treat Boko Haram like the Compton of Terrorism. What do I mean by that? Anybody who knows Compton or has seen Straight Outta Compton or has ever heard a hip hop song in their life knows that Compton is best known for gang warfare. As such it has one of the highest homicide rates in the nation. The national average is nearly 4 people per 1000 are killed annually. For Compton, it is nearly 12 people per 1000! Three times the difference! http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/compton/crime/r9
Yet even with all that death around them, we pay no attention. It is just Compton. That’s what they do. Never mind the victims they leave behind. Boko Haram seems to be no different. We just seem to accept that since they are an African Islamic terrorist faction and not a Middle Eastern one that somehow they are just being “Compton” but we have to stop those Middle Eastern terrorists. We only have to look at the recent terror attacks to see how this is true:
On Sunday, January 31, 2016 86 people were burned alive including children in Dalori, Nigeria. “Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night’s attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 3 miles from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria’s northeast.” http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/01/at-least-86-killed-in-boko-haram-attack-including-children-burned-alive.html
What is different about Boko Haram versus ISIS is that they seem to use more female suicide bombers than ISIS. “The Long War Journal’s tally adds up to at least 101 women and girls operating as suicide bombers in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad since 2014, with the majority of the attacks occurring in Nigeria.” http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/02/05/islamic-state-boko-haram-increasingly-rely-on-female-suicide-bombers-in-africa/ You would think feminists like NOW and Planned Parenthood would be shouting from the rooftops about Boko Haram’s treatment of women, but instead, they are too busy complaining about not being able to get free birth control from their employer so they can get busy with the new barista at Starbucks to concern themselves with real war on women.
In regards to ISIS, their last attack was March 22 in Brussels and it killed 32 people. The next day people all over the globe were talking about the attack. Yet the Boko Haram attack killed nearly three times more people and little is said about it. The attacks from Boko Haram take place on the African continent, places like Nigeria and Cameroon are common targets whereas ISIS has targeted European targets making the West pay far more attention. And while Boko Haram is far more lethal, ISIS is much richer. And much like in life people don’t pay attention when the poor kill themselves. However, when the rich turn on each other everyone takes notice.
This article could go on forever, but the point is not to prattle on or whine about the disparity of media exposure of the two terror groups, but to illustrate that if we continue to ignore the danger that Boko Haram possess, it won’t be long until it is our schoolgirls being held hostage. And when they cross that line and trust me they will, we will be complicit in that mass tragedy for treating Boko Haram as just another “Compton.”
Image sources (in order of appearance):
Straight Outta Compton picture–youtube.com
Map of Africa-worldatlas.com