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Falsely Accused in Boston:
3 Examples and What They
Should Teach Us

Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf

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Posted By:tisHimself, 4/19/2013 10:35:16 PM

What is it like to be a Muslim, or a person frequently mistaken for a Muslim, in the aftermath of an apparent terrorist attack? Americans who don´t fit that description can´t really know for sure, but three news items from the last few days show that knee-jerk prejudice is inexcusably common. If your ethnic group were treated this way, you´d be walking around paranoid and anxious. Innocent victim number one is a 20-year-old Saudi who is studying in the Boston area. He was watching the marathon when the force of the bomb blast tore into him.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hisself, 4/19/2013 10:37:18 PM     (No. 9286186)

Cry me a river!

This "poor Saudi" is being deported because of terror connections.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dante, 4/19/2013 10:39:41 PM     (No. 9286191)

Oh please, demonstrate some actual damages or shut up. I suppose by this idiot´s logic we should shut down all police and investigative groups for fear of hurting someone´s feelings.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Udanja99, 4/19/2013 10:41:00 PM     (No. 9286192)

C´mon, Conor, there´s a reason why we suspect Muslims first. They have a 40 plus year record of practicing terrorism, a lot of which has been directed at us.

I´m with #1. Cry me a freakin´ river.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Shells, 4/19/2013 10:45:15 PM     (No. 9286198)

What is it like to be a Tea Party member, Conor, you ignorant tool. Falsely accused for everything, you ridiculous jerk.

Who hatches these alleged writers? Where are they taught to allegedly think?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: RightShoe, 4/19/2013 10:51:28 PM     (No. 9286203)

If your ethnic group were treated this way, you´d be walking around paranoid and anxious.

My group got treated this way by every stinking left wing journalist on CNN and MSNBC.

I´m not paranoid. I really ticked off.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 4/19/2013 10:52:15 PM     (No. 9286204)

Yes, Conor, I´m a bitter clinger! And yet, the two dirtbags (one dead, one hospitalized) in Boston are Islamists. Go ahead, Conor, prove me wrong on that.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lancer12, 4/19/2013 10:54:51 PM     (No. 9286208)

Per divine Obama-Colonists and Colonials evil, to be hated and driven out. Immigrants-beautiful and holy come in all. do whatever you want.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 4/19/2013 11:00:22 PM     (No. 9286222)

That "knee-jerk prejudice" is entirely justified, and only a knee-jerk liberal would fail to see that.

It teaches us that liberals are impervious to reason or evidence, is what it teaches us, Conor babe.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: fritzilou, 4/19/2013 11:00:46 PM     (No. 9286223)

All ethnic groups suffer the sins of their own; Muslims are no different than any other group and deserve no special consideration. It is only that they strike such fear in the hearts of their own people and others that keeps good people silent. Please do not encourage silence as this will only get worse. Muslims need to stigmatize the bad amongst their own as we all should do. Turn in the bad guys should be the mantra in every community.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 4/19/2013 11:02:13 PM     (No. 9286228)

But, but .. the Tsarnaev brothers were Muslims. The Saudi should still not be allowed to leave the country until more facts are known. If he had no connection, then allow him to continue his studies or to return home as he wishes.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: StephaniePlum, 4/19/2013 11:41:29 PM     (No. 9286259)

Knee-jerk prejudice is the Liberal definition.

Knee-jerk LOGIC is the normal person´s definition.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: veritas, 4/20/2013 12:14:46 AM     (No. 9286288)

The piece is a combination of self-delusion, conscious disregard for centuries of historical fact, and lines of reasoning usually found only in hyper-caffeinated MSNBC on-air types.

In sum, it is very, very rarely found outside hospital walls.

I´m hugely embarrassed that a Germanic surname appears in the byline. Please -- someone tell me he was adopted!

As for you, Conor -- bitez moi.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: nashville, 4/20/2013 12:15:41 AM     (No. 9286291)

Years ago, ( 1983 ? ) I was working as a house painter. Lived north of Chicago and was doing a job in southern Wisconsin. Pulled over by State Police, arrested, and taken to station, placed in chair and handcuffed to steel pole. They read me the riot act...people like me etc...

Two hours latter I was released with a big ´we´re sorry´ after the guy that raped a girl was found...I was arrested because I drove a van,... wrong color, make and model of the one used in crime.

I asked the desk Sargent how many ´get out of jail free cards´ I had earned, he told me the speed limits in his County did not apply to me...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lakerman1, 4/20/2013 12:19:39 AM     (No. 9286294)

Article posted recently noted the Saudi comes from a clan of Islamic extrermists, who brag about the number of mnartyrs in their family. John Kerry got the lad out off the country,.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: artman1746, 4/20/2013 12:33:49 AM     (No. 9286300)

Just how many Muslims will we see in the streets or any place else condemning anyone who would radicalize other Muslims? When terrorism becomes synonymous with Islam then it´s up to Muslims to dispell that characterization. Don´t blame the public for just believing what they´re seeing. Especially when other Muslims seem to sit on they´re hands.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/20/2013 1:03:50 AM     (No. 9286326)

#16, sit on their hands is right. The Tsarnaev brothers´ picture was published. It was very clear. Did any person in their extended family, or their neighbors or roommates, come forward with a name and address? Even an anonymous tip?



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Reply 17 - Posted by: StuartL, 4/20/2013 1:55:49 AM     (No. 9286367)

Raise your hands, everyone who doesn´t think the Saudi ´´student" was the brains of the operation and the Chechen brothers were the designated expendables.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 4/20/2013 1:59:28 AM     (No. 9286370)

I do not hate Muslims for the Boston bombing- I starteed hating them for the very first Trade Center bombing. I kenw then, they would not stop attacking us. It was then, that I picked up a copy of the Quoran and read it- and learned all I could about this vicious enemy of our nation. This is not ever going to stop until Islam is outlawed world wide. If it is not, then eventually, we will all either die or be Muslim. That is Islam´s stated prime goal for every Muslim alive.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: LanieLou, 4/20/2013 2:02:14 AM     (No. 9286371)

Knee jerk reaction? Bull. This kid could be the ring leader of this particular cell...
Allowed to go home to daddy because he´s a Saudi Prince & Sunni, like Obama.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 4/20/2013 2:31:05 AM     (No. 9286392)

fta:
What "dark-skinned" actually conveys with a wink and a nod is, ´Aha, all you folks who thought it was a bad Muslim who did this, you nailed it. And if you had al Qaeda in your own private betting pool you were right.´ Let´s be honest, that is the subtext that suffuses all of this. That is what our collective societal id is pushing us towards.

Yeah, we did nail it. And we apprehended them in exactly 5 days. We TRIUMPHED, Mr. Journo. We won & the bady guys lost. Get it?

Those three people weren´t detained & tortured, lynched by a mob, or imprisoned for life. Their lives will go on just fine now that we´ve nabbed the guys we asked everyone to look for. It worked stupid.

P.S. Dark skinned was a FACT. They weren´t white & they weren´t black. They were Chechnyan.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: flatwater, 4/20/2013 3:07:58 AM     (No. 9286403)

Speaking of being falsely accused, MSNBC´s Chris Matthews immediately blamed the Boston Marathon bombings on American conservatives, and Salon.com writers openly hoped that the bombers would be white, male, American, and somehow related to the TEA Party or the conservative movement in general....

Shouldn´t these hatemongers be FIRED?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rael, 4/20/2013 3:28:23 AM     (No. 9286409)

Somebody needs to tell this guy that 1) Muslim isn´t an ethnic group and that 2) 99 percent of all terrorism in the world for over 20 years now has been done by muslims.

So yeah, I WANT them to feel picked on, so that they´ll CHANGE their ways!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/20/2013 7:29:44 AM     (No. 9286535)

Boo Hoo. It´s the muzzies who are the ones bombing civilians. Who else do you look at? Catholic grandmothers? Oh that´s right. Nap-a-long said so.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: bugger, 4/20/2013 1:11:39 PM     (No. 9287140)

He wonders what it´s like to be a muslim, but not what it´s like to be MURDERED by one. Terribly misplaced sympathies where none are deserved. Earlier poster beat me to it, "what´s it like to be a conservative"?? Constantly accused of things we never do and demonized even by those who supposedly represent us. We treasure life and would only take it in defense of our own.

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