I thought that this was quite a good satirical summary of the weirdness of the Reality Winner story.
While reading it, this line grabbed me:
Start with her name: “Reality Winner.” Then let’s tick off the other boxes: lesbian bodybuilder, ardent Bernie Sanders supporter, a “Black Lives Matter” enthusiast who (though white herself) argues that “Being white is terrorism.”
It immediately occurred to me that one explanation for why a white woman – or any white person, really – would subscribe to the belief that ‘being white is terrorism’ is fashion. It’s fashionable to think this, and to tell all your peers that you believe this. Radical chic is how it has been described before.
It’s hard to believe that any white person could hold this belief in earnest. Some do, I think. But for the most part, I think it’s fashion, trendiness, chic.
My concern is that, like any unfounded generalisation about a race, tribe, religion or ethnicity, which poses that such a group is in itself, by reason of its being, a threat to others, it will form the basis of discrimination and murder. After all, if being white is terrorism, and terrorism is an affront to the existence of a community, there’s really only one solution, isn’t there?
EDIT: Just while reading David Hines’ remarkable and eerie review of Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage, Hines calls this sort of behaviour ‘ … Phariseeism, done to win acclaim from other whites.’ The Free Dictionary tells me that one definition of Phariseeism is ‘Hypocritical observance of the letter of religious or moral law without regard for the spirit; sanctimoniousness‘, with sanctimony being ‘Righteousness accompanied by an unwarranted attitude of moral or social superiority; smug or hypocritical righteousness.’ I think that covers it, the motivating force being a desire to be fashionable.