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The last few days have been full of bad news. Last night there was this horrible bombing that occurred at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England which has resulted in the deaths of 22 people (including an 8-year-old girl). Today the police there has arrested a 22-year-old man named Salman Abedi, who is rumored to be aligned with Daesh/ISIL/ISIS.

This has come on the heels of another incident that sticks closer to home because I happened to live just a few miles from my alma mater, the University of Maryland at College Park. A Bowie State University student named Richard Collins III was just a few days away from graduation. He decided to head over to the University of Maryland to visit a few friends who were students there. Richard Collins III was waiting with his friends at a bus stop at 3 a.m. when a man approached him and he stabbed Collins to death.

The police arrested a 23-year-old man named Sean Christopher Urbanski, who lives in Severna Park (which is located a few miles south of Glen Burnie, where I grew up, and I once dated a man who grew up in that town). Why did Urbanski kill Collins? It’s because Urbanski is white and Collins was African-American. On top of it, Urbanski is a member of a racist Facebook group known as Alt-Right.

Today is the day that Collins would’ve graduated from Bowie State University had he not been stabbed in cold blood.

Personally I lump Sean Christopher Urbanski and Salman Abedi as being two peas in a pod. Both are young adult men in their early 20’s and both have killed strangers for hateful reasons. Granted Urbanski only killed one person while Abedi’s actions have killed and injured more. But they are the same because they are both terrorists.

I get really tired of people who immediately jump on the bandwagon whenever an Islamic fanatic conducts a terrorist act that kills people but these people are strangely silent when it’s a white Christian fanatic who conducts equally destructive acts that result in a loss of lives. The bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were perpetrated by white men who were raised as Christians.

And that’s not to mention the long list of terrorist acts that have been committed by the Ku Klux Klan, which goes as far back as 1865.

I get that Sean Christopher Urbanski only killed one person but God only knows what could’ve happened had the police not arrested him. For all we know, Urbanski could’ve been a serial killer in the making whose targets are people of color. At least that arrest has nipped any serial killer ambitions that Urbanski may have had in the bud.

Until both the U.S. government and the media (especially the corporate-owned ones) start to treat deadly atrocities perpetrated by whites as terrorism just as much as it treats similar atrocities by brown-skinned people as terrorism, I will consider the ongoing War on Terror to be one thing: A Big Fucking Joke.

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I spent the first Sunday in December attending another session of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at the Bier Baron in Washington, DC.

When I got off the Metro at Dupont Circle I encountered this protest.

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Yes, it was a group of Muslims who were protesting ISIS and terrorism in general. I hear so many right wing people in the media saying that all Muslims are terrorists but this march I saw directly contradicted that belief. Not only are all Muslims not terrorists but only a very tiny majority of them are actually waging violent jihad.

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These right wingers will denounce all Muslims for being terrorists yet they are strangely silent on white Christians who also commit terrorism, such as Robert Lewis Dear and Dylann Storm Roof.

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Having seen first-hand the outpouring of Muslims denouncing the terrorist extremists like ISIS makes Donald Trump’s call for a total ban on Muslims from entering the United States and refusal to rule out warrantless searches and ID cards for Muslims even more odious and more Hitler-like.

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The next two photographs show some of the flyers and postcards that the protesters were handing out to bystanders.

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I took one last shot as the protesters were walking south of Dupont Circle.

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I ate a quick lunch as Cosi then I walked over to the Bier Baron. On my way there I took a couple of photos of this wall mural that’s located on the side on this building on P Street, N.W.

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Not only does this mural depict a scene from The Wizard of Oz but it is also an example of a trompe l’oeil with a depiction of a realistic window that looks like it faces a view of the yellow brick road and the Emerald City in the distance.

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I arrived at the Bier Baron just in time for the start of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. A bellydancer named Naimah was the model so she was more clothed than the burlesque performers who usually serve as models. But she definitely had a way with a sword, as some of these drawings show.

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There was only one contest at that event and I took part in it. Since the latest Star Wars movie was opening soon, the challenge was to put Naimah in a scene from any of the films. I had Naimah laying triumphantly on the body of Jabba the Hutt, whose throat she slashed with one of her long swords. That drawing didn’t make it to the finals.

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After the contest I did a few more drawings of Naimah before the event ended.

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Even though the event ended at 6 p.m. it felt like it was much later at night since it has been getting dark earlier and earlier. I noticed a bar and restaurant located around the corner from the Bier Baron called The Fireplace, which has a fireplace facing the street outside.

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The fireplace at The Fireplace is covered with plexiglass, which felt warm when I put my hand on it.

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I also made a brief stop at Fantom Comics since it was on the way back to the Metro station.

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As you can guess from the name, Fantom Comics is a comic book store that’s located on the second floor of a building. The stairwell leading to the store is decorated with posters, drawings, and paintings, which makes it very colorful and interesting.

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