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On Friday The Atlantic published an article titled “The Boston Bombers Were Muslim: So?”
The article’s author Megan Garber writes:
That the brothers Tsarnaev are more than the labels we would hastily apply to them is obvious, I know. Then again, labels are especially tempting amidst the twin confusions of breaking news and municipal lockdown. Stories like the one that has now been shorthanded as the “Boston Bombing,” or the “Marathon Bombing” — among them “Aurora,” “Newtown,” “Columbine” — have their cycles. And we have entered the time in the cycle when, alleged culprits identified, our need for answers tends to merge with our need for justice. We seek patterns, so that we may find in them explanations. We confuse categories — “male,” “Muslim” — with cause. We focus on contradictions: He had a girlfriend, and killed people. She was a mother, and a murderer. And we finally take refuge in comforting binaries — “dark-skinned” or “light-skinned,” “popular” or “loner,” “international” or “homegrown,” “good” or “evil” — because their neat lines and tidy boxes would seem to offer us a way to do the thing we most crave right now: to put things in their place.
The problem is that there is no real place for the Boston bombings and their aftermath, just as there was no real place for Aurora or Columbine or Newtown. Their events were, in a very literal sense, outliers: They are (in the U.S., at least) out of the ordinary. They were the products of highly unusual sets of circumstances — of complexity, rather than contradictions.
But we don’t often treat them that way. Instead, in times like this, we tend to emphasize adjectives rather than verbs. “How can you be a good person and a terrible person at the same time?” CNN asked this morning. That it would feel the need to wonder says a lot.
Today The Washington Post published an article titled “Five ways immigration reform will help low-wage workers.”
The article’s author Ezra Klein writes:
Something odd happens whenever immigration reform enters the news: Politicians and pundits who barely spare a word for low-wage workers in normal times suddenly become extremely concerned that immigrants might compete with low-wage laborers.
There’s a reason for that: The overall economic benefits of immigration are clearly positive. Immigration is good for the economy. So opponents of the bill are left picking over the distribution of those benefits.
Check out the list of positive outcomes of immigration reform, as identified by Ezra Klein, here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today we’re wrapping up with a story from The Nation titled “Punishing Students For Who They Are, Not What They Do.”
The article’s author Chloe Angyal writes:
If you’re a white middle or high school student, and you don’t have a disability, your odds of being suspended from school are one in fourteen. If you’re a black middle or high school student without a disability, your odds are one in four. According to a new study by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, a quarter of black students were suspended in the 2009-2010 school year. A quarter. For students with disabilities, the odds are one in five. And for black girls, the numbers are a stark demonstration of what happens when two forms of discrimination intersect: Black girls are more likely to be suspended than black boys or white girls. And, to the surprise of absolutely no one, when you add a third axis—disability—the figures get even worse. Black girls with disabilities are suspended at a rate sixteen percent higher than white girls with disabilities.
Here’s a small primer on the school to prison pipeline courtesy of Al Jazeera.
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