A Few Insightful Posts On Boston Marathon Bombing

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I really don’t have the words right now to discuss all that went down, from the racist manhunt lead by Reddit (I will be writing about) to Fox News’ Racist Propaganda about Chechnya “they’re all bastards!”, but fortunately, there were brave souls who addressed this issue. I leave with them.

“This is also true when it comes to the disappearances of black and brown women and children, which are all but ignored in the mainstream media. When our children go missing, there’s barely a teardrop in the news cycle. When white children go missing, it’s a national event.

Why don’t our children get to be children? Why don’t they ever get to be innocent?

What all this has resulted in is the displacement of compassion and empathy with anger and resentment. Because when the names of slain white children are spoken, I can barely hear them anymore. My ears are plugged with the unuttered names of the Black and brown children whose lives didn’t mean enough to be spoken aloud on CNN. When I see photos of their smiling white faces, I can only imagine the smiles of fallen Black and brown children whose faces never grace the news.”

Hey White Liberals: A Word On the Boston Bombings, the Suffering of White Children, and the Erosion of Empathy via Black Girl Dangerous

“I believe that the victims of the Newtown School Shooting and the Boston Marathon Bombing are being set up by our collectivization of the trauma of these events as martyrs to white identity and white privilege.”

Newton, Boston, and the Martyrology of Whiteness via Jesus Radicals

“Well pay attention, because the Fox article “Chechnya: History of Horrors” is a clinic on Racist Reporting 101. It begins by quoting Vladimir Putin calling the Chechans bastards and child-killers, and then parenthetically reproduces conspiracy theories about some Chechan/Nazi alliance during the 2nd world war. This may be the first time that Fox News has repeated Stalinist propaganda as fact.”

AntiChechen Racism Unbridled by the Daily Kos

“Now of course they are called ‘Chechen terrorists’, and Muslim to boot. No one seems to call them ‘separatists’ and ‘independence fighters’ now.”

From Separatists to Terrorists: The Boston Bombers by Roland Boer

“Ethnicity is often used to justify violent behaviour. But no ethnicity is inherently violent. Even if the Tsarnaevs aligned themselves with violent Chechen movements – and as of now, there is no evidence they did – treating Chechen ethnicity as the cause of the Boston violence is irresponsible.”

The Wrong Kind of Caucasian by Sarah Kendzior

“One of the most powerful implications of racial formation theory is that racial group membership is contingent and can change to fit the dynamics of Power in a given social and political moment.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are reminders of the contingent status experienced by some white ethnics in America. Ultimately, if terrorism by white Chechens becomes a trend in the United States, they may find themselves traded away in a racial draft like the one featured on Chappelle’s Show.”

Are Chechens Really White?: Racial Formation Theory and the Boston Marathon Bombing by Chauncey DeVega

“Why not? If the State and the public have telegraphed their hand by obsessing over “dark-skinned” Arabs that are a caricature out of a bad 1980’s action movie, and the media and conservatives are willfully blind to white domestic terrorists in the United States, the preferred tactical choice is a clear one.”

“I Thought He was White You Know a Regular American”: The Boston Marathon Bombing Shows Us How White Privilege Hurts White People…Again by Chauncey DeVega

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