The Egyptian people who are guarding their neighborhoods against rioting looters and arsonists, are being called heroes. When American citizens do the same thing, they are called racist vigilantes. (TheDamienZone, 2011)
I did a little research on this statement and I found a story about a guy named Anthony Imperiale who saved his neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey from rioters and looters in 1967. He was seen as a vigilante by some but beloved by many. http://www3.niu.edu/~td0raf1/labor/Tony%20Imperiale%20stands%20for%20law%20and%20order.htm The article was written 42 years ago, so keep that in mind before you get all up in arms about the race terminolgy.