As America reels from the news of yet another bomb explosion in Texas, the need to address it becomes more and more urgent, especially given the circumstances of each situation in which a bomb has gone off.
The explosion overnight at a FedEx facility outside San Antonio in Schertz, Texas marked the fifth such attack in just a matter of three weeks. The latest bomb appears to have been sent from Austin and was headed back to Austin, according to FBI accounts on the scene.
Pictures from the aftermath of the blast were already circulating on Twitter within moments:
According to schertz pd
A medium sized package exploded on a conveyer track with metal shrapnel and nails at the fedex ground processing plant in schertz. One person injured from the concussion of of the detonation of the package. #kens5eyewitness pic.twitter.com/uGcl1NddsF
— GENE DE LA CRUZ (@gene78577) March 20, 2018
All of the bombings have been connected to Austin along the Interstate 35 corridor, although the latest, possibly having exploded before it was intended to, was located on an arterial of 35, on the FM 3009 Highway.
Police and federal agents now uniformly suspect a serial bomber, and in the case of the attacks that actually were targeted, the victims were all minorities. Interim Austin police chief Brian Manley said that the latest bombings were “a significant change from three very targeted attacks” that occurred previously.
It is an understatement to say that this is terrifying in Austin, in Texas, and beyond. It is unthinkable that the attacks, which can hardly not be called terrorism, though police are as yet reticent to do so, have not yet been addressed by the President of the United States.
Yet here we are.
In case after case, we have seen Donald Trump immediately and publicly speak about any attack that has targeted white people primarily or has been committed by a person of color or a Muslim. But in the case of the Austin serial bomber, Trump has offered no sympathy, no condemnation, not even an announcement of support from the federal government.
Is it likely that Trump is waiting to see if these are actually hate crimes before he decides whether or not to address the series of attacks? Yes, that is likely. After all, he has notably avoided condemning any crimes committed by white supremacists, even directing federal agencies to spend less time investigating cases suspected to have been carried out by racist groups.
But then, this won’t bother Trump’s supporters — he ran an overtly racist campaign for president, and it was a major reason he was elected.
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