Culture: The Aftermath of Terrorism

As disturbing as the Boston Marathon Bombings were, what concerns me more is the aftermath, the reaction to that terrorist act.

I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Articles that express some of my concerns:

Why Should I Care That No One’s Reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev His Miranda Rights? (Slate)

10 Essential points about the Boston Marathon bombers, Islam, and America

Hey, White Liberals: A Word On The Boston Bombings, The Suffering Of White Children, And The Erosion of Empathy

The 10 Essential Points article articulates the main idea pretty well:

It’s not about Islam, or Chechnya. It’s about America.

What happens now matters. How we as a nation move forward is critical. Do we turn our attention where it belongs, on comforting and healing the victims of Monday’s attacks, and do we allow a fair and legal process to bring charges against the captured suspect?

The basis of the American criminal system is that we evaluate people for what they do, not for who they are.    As one source put it, it’s about verbs, not adjectives.     Let’s keep it that way.      It’s about criminal actions, not their ethnicity or religion.

Information on Chechnya:

What You Should Know About Chechnya as the Boston Story Unfolds

9 questions about Chechnya and Dagestan you were too embarrassed to ask

A perspective that most of my friends share on the lockdown:

The Psychology of a Citywide Lockdown

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