The Race Channel


Harris-Perry: Bombers’ Muslim Faith As Relevant To Bombing As Ben Affleck Movies About Violence In Boston

Making the point that the Tsarnaev brothers’ Muslim faith at the moment bears little relevance to the investigation into the brothers’ decision to attack the Boston Marathon last week, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry observed that Tsarnaev’s faith is about as relevant to the investigation right now as are Ben Affleck movies about violent events in Boston. Her panel guests agreed and added that Americans have to “otherize” violent actors in order to absolve themselves from responsibility for or connection to their violence.

“We don’t really know,” said Harris-Perry, throwing her hands up about the discussion into the Tsarnaev’s motives. “The younger brother, he’s getting all kinds of tweets from his friends. I think part of the answer is that it’s still an open question.”

“They don’t have the privilege of being anonymous – ‘they,’ speaking of people of color or other minorities – we don’t know yet, but we fill in the blanks,” said Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson. “We fill in the blanks with what makes us feel the most comfortable that this was an exceptional, extraordinary case that happened because they are this.”

“I keep wondering: is it possible that there would ever be a discussion like, ‘oh, this is because of Ben Affleck and the connection between Boston and movies about violence?’” Harris-Perry asked. “And, of course, the answer is ‘no.’”

“Given that they’re Chechen, given that they are literally Caucasian, our very sense of connection to them is this framed up notion of, like, Islam making them into something that is non-[unintelligible],” Harris-Perry continued.

“The point is that it’s important to say, ‘that is not us,” Dyson agreed. “We want to demonize the other. We have to distance it from the dominant culture.”

First of all, how can someone be “alienated” and at the same time have lots of friends? The younger Tsarnaev even went to a party on Wednesday night. While there is evidence the older Tsarnaev was alienated from his family, the same evidence indicates it was due to his religious extremism. So which came first, the Chechen or the egg?

The references to the Tsarnaev brothers’ race are very telling. This may come as a surprise to Melissa Harris-Perry and her ilk, but all white people are not part of the same club. The people classified as “white” (or “caucasian”) include numerous different countries, languages, religions, cultures and ideologies. Some of the people in those different categories consider each other mortal enemies.

Terrorism is a tactic that is not exclusive to any one group, but some groups are more closely associated with some types of terrorist acts than others. The Tsarnaev brothers belong to one group commonly associated with terrorist bombings. They are/were Muslims.

It ain’t rocket science.

BTW – The Tsarnaev brothers lived in one of the bluest parts of one of the bluest states in the country. If there was something about the dominant culture that made them go bad, wouldn’t that be the “blue” culture?

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49 Responses to The Race Channel

  1. Somebody says:

    I have some shocking news, the bomber brothers didn’t have permits for their guns…….I’m personally shocked all to hell and back.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Outside of the US blacks are not treated as a monolithic group. Even in Africa they consider tribe and nationality more important than skin color.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      Yeah, that was a big eye opener for us. Small church we visit near Fulham and Hammersmith at last count had 38 black members from 23 tribes/nations, most with different dress, customs and dialects. Some would have been mortal enemies if back home.

      • myiq2xu says:

        “Black” includes African, African American, Jamaican, Dominican, Haitian, and Brazilian. It includes people who speak English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Arabic and Bantu. Some are Muslim, some Christian, some practice Vodun. I don’t know how to classify Aborigines and some of the darker Asian groups.

      • 49erDweet (D) says:

        sorry – blame it on the gdaughter 🙂

  3. SHOCKED! OMG! If the nasty politicians had just passed a background check bill, maybe it could have been made retroactive!

    As 90% of Americans seem to agree….background checks don’t stop extremists of any ilk from getting guns. (all they have to do is go to Chicago)

  4. Somebody says:

    The older brother hung out at the gym, boxed…..bull he had no friends. He had a girlfriend he supposedly abused and a wife or maybe they were one in the same.

    No, he was just a complete psycho.

  5. swanspirit says:

    And I guess all those radical hate filled MUSLIM videos on the bombers you tube channel are irrelevant as well . Everyone in Boston has those don’t they??

  6. 49erDweet (D) says:

    We knew this stuff was coming. Progs have a form of OCD that forces them into twisted, illogical hypotheses in pathetic attempts to validate their fantasies. It’s what identifies them as what they are. What other constructive endeavors could occupy their time? Other than the spinning of wishful thoughts, they are fundamentally worthless.

  7. votermom says:

    BTW – The Tsarnaev brothers lived in one of the bluest parts of one of the bluest states in the country. If there was something about the dominant culture that made them go bad, wouldn’t that be the “blue” culture?


    Yup, that is part of it. They settled in an area which doesn’t normalize love of America.

    • yttik says:

      Ouch, but I’ve been having the same thought. I wonder what influence all this hate America and Occupy protesting had on them? It seems like it would be bad to have radicals telling you America is evil and then to listen to your fellow students saying the same thing.

  8. HELENK says:

    bomber is communicating in writing. faces Federal terrorism charges and State murder charges

  9. HELENK says:

    This bunch from the race channel should take a long road trip through several ME countries. It should take several months so they really get a taste of life in another culture

  10. HELENK says:

    if only backtrack would listen to her and do it her way, all would be well in the world

  11. bluestate says:

    i think, or maybe i should say hope, that the msm during the obama era will be looked upon with shame by journalists in the future

  12. myiq2xu says:
  13. DandyTiger says:

    Just when you think MSNBC can’t get more batshit crazy. They surprise you.

  14. HELENK says:

    this should be interesting Koch Brothers looking into buying the Tribune corp that owns 8 newspapers

  15. yttik says:

    Politics and religion are quite relevant if those are the vehicles being used to attempt to justify this kind of atrocity. But in the grand scheme of things, in a spiritual sense, I think some people just become consumed by evil. They go looking for politics or religion or whatever to feed their darkness. I believe people really make a personal choice in their lives at some point. People like Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, the unibomber, Green River killer, they didn’t really have any politics or religion at play, they just had no respect for human life. Add Gosnell to that list.

    MSNBC is wrong about our need to distance and “other” ourselves from these kinds of atrocities. That’s not true, what we have is a need to recognize and identify where the danger lies. That’s healthy and normal. What isn’t healthy and normal is to tell people that they have to somehow be fair and tolerant and ignore what is right in front of our face.

    For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Islam is some sort of oppressed victim in need of their constant defense. The same people scream bloody murder about how oppressed they are by Christians. It’s just irrational. One group may say they disapprove of something, the other group chops off your head.

  16. Utter fucking bullshit. You know who likes “otherizing” people? Fucking vile-ass progs. They have built a fucking art of dividing people into “us” versus “them.” If you don’t buy into their every hair-brained, low-information, logic-defying idea, or worse, if you actively oppose their policy or ideology, you are most certainly a “them.” And every ad hominem attack in the book will be bestowed upon you.

    Fucking vile progs…

    • 49erDweet says:

      Without reading PL, which is my preferred state, this is a simple question to answer.
      Because liberals don’t believe people are naturally “sinful”.
      Ergo, when someone does something evil a liberal must use their own superior brain power to divine the REASON that poor, misguided soul was led astray by some factor or another that can be easily identified, quantified and under-their-guidance legislatively remediated. It’s as simple as that. They think people are basically “good”. And that’s the other reason commission salespersons love liberal customers.

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  19. myiq2xu says:


    It is a sometimes less than admirable but nonetheless completely understandable and basic human reaction to be protective of groups with which one has a connection. When a crime is committed, people often hope that the perpetrator is not a member of said group. I am certain that many parents and relatives of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia hoped that the perpetrator of the Sandy Hook massacre would not turn out to have a mental illness. When Dr. George Tiller, an OB/Gyn and abortion provider, was assassinated in 2009, I am certain that pro-life advocates across the country were hoping his killer would not be an anti-abortion activist. When two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I am certain that millions of Muslims were hoping the terrorists would not be adherents of Islam.

    That is not what David Sirota was doing. What if the parent of a mentally ill young person expressed publicly after the rampage at Sandy Hook that he/she hoped the killer was an Islamic terrorist? What if a pro-life advocate publicly hoped that Dr. Tiller’s murderer would turn out to be an African American gang member? That is precisely what David Sirota was doing. And that is hate speech plain and simple.

    When it becomes acceptable to wish in public for people you disagree with to be heinous murderers (and without even the slightest bit of evidence), we have crossed a line that doesn’t allow for a functioning democratic society. I’d like to say that I hope David Sirota isn’t an American citizen, because his words of hate shame me, but sadly, the truth is that he is one of us and if we don’t call out his crime, we are condoning it.

    • lyn5 says:

      When did hate speech directed toward political opponents become acceptable? I blame both right and left, but today the left has cornered the market on hate. I place the blame squarely at the feet of President Crankypants. For some reason, he brings it out in people who support him.

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