During the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 pm EDT, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others.The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 210 yards (190 m) apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street.
This was truly a tragic event. However the tragedy here is multifaceted.
The War on Terror
In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word “war,” therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. – Orwell 1984
In declaring a war on terror we declare war on everything that is not the status quo, and for those of you may not be aware the status quo is the image of reality maintain by our social institutions and corporations – i.e fronts for the nations nefarious plutocracy. What is terror? Where does terror begin and end? What happens to a nation’s sovereignty when it is considered to be harboring terrorists? Will there ever be an end to the war on terror – is it continuous? Is there a place where terror doesn’t exist ? What about our allies, do we turn a blind eye to their terrorist acts in the world?
According to the FBI International terrorism means activities with the following three characteristics:
- Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
- Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
- Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.*
Judging from this definition would it be much of a stretch to say that one of the greatest terrorist organization in history if you think about how successful they were, were the American colonists. And maybe that is why we hate terrorists so much, because they hold a mirror to our own bowdlerized history that we have come to believe.
Bombing and Minorities in the US
Many minorities, myself included were praying that the terrorist didn’t belong to our respective ethnic or religious groups. If you haven’t had the pleasure of being a second class citizen, you are really missing out. Has everyone forgotten what happened to Muslims or anyone who looked like they could be following the faith of Islam on Sept 12th: the day Americans forgot the lessons of the day they had sworn they would always remember ?
I had covered this on a post before: BOSTON EXPLOSION: MINORITIES WHEN TRAGEDY HAPPENS & TERRORISM AND PRIVILEGE: UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF WHITENESS.This article really was a reference and elaboration on an article by Tim Wise which state:
White privilege is knowing that even if the Boston Marathon bomber turns out to be white, his or her identity will not result in white folks generally being singled out for suspicion by law enforcement, or the TSA, or the FBI.
White privilege is knowing that even if the bomber turns out to be white, no one will call for whites to be profiled as terrorists as a result, subjected to special screening, or threatened with deportation.
White privilege was in the news a lot in 2013, but The Community Group Project called the Unheard Voices of 9/11 was not. Ill leave some information about them below. As tragic as these events were what was more tragic was what we saw when we turned to each other to make sense of the tragedy. We saw what the bombing had exposed to the light just below the surface of our collective superficiality.
Unheard Voice of 9/11
Members of the Muslim, Sikh, South Asian, and Arab American communities were twice victims of 9/11. Like all Americans we endured a horrific attack on our country by terrorists. We also continue to endure troubling attacks from fellow Americans in the form of hate crimes, employment discrimination, school bullying, profiling and other forms of discrimination.
These stories of discrimination have largely been unheard. This website is meant to give these unheard voices a voice. These are the stories of our community members unfiltered, in their own words. These are the unheard voices of 9/11.