- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Does anyone else get frustrated with the wild reactionary and often racist stuff people say after something like the explosions in Boston? Twitter, for example, was flooded with the most horrible comments. Nevermind being thoughtful and helpful to others, nevermind keeping victims and their families in our thoughts, apparently the popular thing to do is jump to conclusions and damn others.
In particular this seems to take on a racial flavor. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to be someone of middle-eastern background living in the US sometimes, especially with tweets like “destroy/deport all the [unpleasant word for middle eastern descended people.] There’s just no reason or excuse for it.
Americans are Americans. Isn’t it important to recognize that? What makes it special is the foundation of welcoming. I live in Korea now, but even if I lived in Korea my whole life, and was fluent in Korean, and was married to a Korean, and worked in a Korean office and volunteered in a Korean soup kitchen and taught my Korean dog how to sit in Korean… people would still mutter (or shout) “waegookin” (foreigner) when they see me on the street. It’s like this in many places. I’m not saying that’s so terrible or anything, just saying how it is.
But the US is supposed to be different. It’s our legacy. What happened to “give me your tired, your poor”? It’s supposed to be a country where we are ALL American, no matter where we came from. Where you can be any size, shape, race, religion, any way at all, and people will still look at you and accept you as American. Where innocent people just trying to get by don’t get excluded as a foreigner and harassed and told “go back to [wherever your ancestors came from.]”
And what makes it worse is that it’s not even vaguely rational or based in reality. FH and I did a little reading about terrorist explosions in the US over the last ten years, and found the following statistics:
380 cases of people trying to build bombs for political reasons.
77 people able to obtain materials.
48 were right-wing extremists
23 were militants inspired by al Qaeda’s ideology
Successful bombs (meaning bombs that exploded and killed):
Right wing extremists: 29
Al Qaeda: 17
So… purely statistically speaking, it’s more likely to be domestic terrorism via right wing extremists (not saying it is, just saying more of those have been both attempted and successful) and yet people are so quick to attack based on race or ethnicity. Can’t we just think good thoughts and wait for the evidence to lead us to the culprit instead of making life worse for groups of people who are mostly not hurting anyone and just trying to get by like the rest?
Just my rant about what seems to happen every time something blows up, and it’s depressing every time.