The Angel Who Blew Up Boston
|Um...is it just me???|
Dzhokhar's father would not accept Friday that his younger son was involved in the crimes he is said to have carried out. Anzor Tsarnaev told the Associated Press his son was a smart and accomplished young man. Speaking from Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, he said: "My son is a true angel. Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the US. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here." (Source)By now some of you have read about the Tsarnaev brothers who allegedly blew up Boston. The older brother, Tamerlan, died in a shoot out with the cops last night. And the younger brother, Dzhokhar, is 19 and on the run.
A medical student with lots of a friends and a lot of all-American tendencies, apparently Dzhokhar's alleged participation has, ahem, "certain" people confounded. They had no clue he could or would ever do such a thing, and there was absolutely nothing which ever tipped them off.
His brother was apparently a friendless Muslim radical who somehow corrupted his angelic brother into - quite casually - blowing a bunch of people up.
And while the ambiguous "dark-skinned" community breathes a quick sigh of relief, "certain" people remained shocked and appalled.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are "white" by definition. Nell Painter's great book A History of White People details how the very notion of Whiteness was manufactured from the myth of an idealized "Caucasian" past and people. Chechnya is quite literally in the Caucuses. However, because Whiteness is a historically contingent and manufactured identity, the Chechens, along with other Southern and Eastern Europeans, are among the most recent inductees as full members in the "white" race. Moreover, in the United States, Chechens did not "earn" their full Whiteness until the middle part of the 20th century.*nods* Mm-hm.
I joked on Twitter that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are putting the status of Chechens as full members of the "white race" in jeopardy. I was only half-kidding. Conservatives and others are already trying to reconcile how Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev can be Muslim, "white," "terrorists," American, and from Chechnya.
How's the saying go? Oh, yeah..."Lather, rinse, and repeat."
Racist Reporting in the Boston Bombing