Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CBS Rejoices In Reports Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect is a White Male

CBS Boston reports:
CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reported Wednesday afternoon that authorities have identified at least one person they want to speak with, either as a witness or as a possible suspect, from surveillance video.
The man sought as a possible suspect is a white male, wearing white baseball cap on backwards, a gray hoodie and a black jacket, according to CBS News.
Several media outlets reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at the Lord & Taylor store on Boylston Street.  The store is between the sites of the two bomb blasts, which killed three people and wounded more than 170.
Orr said authorities have video of a man in a black jacket on a cell phone, wearing a gray hoodie and a white baseball cap backwards placing a black bag at the second bomb site outside of the Forum restaurant on Boylston Street and then leaving the area before that explosion.
Orr said the man was on the phone at the second bomb site when the first bomb exploded.
CBS's elation with news of a white male suspect comes just hours after Salon's David Sirota announced his fingers were crossed that the terrorist attack that rocked the Boston Marathon was perpetrated by a white male.
As we now move into the official Political Aftermath period of the Boston bombing — the period that will determine the long-term legislative fallout of the atrocity — the dynamics of privilege will undoubtedly influence the nation’s collective reaction to the attacks. That’s because privilege tends to determine: 1) which groups are — and are not — collectively denigrated or targeted for the unlawful actions of individuals; and 2) how big and politically game-changing the overall reaction ends up being.
This has been most obvious in the context of recent mass shootings. In those awful episodes, a religious or ethnic minority group lacking such privilege would likely be collectively slandered and/or targeted with surveillance or profiling (or worse) if some of its individuals comprised most of the mass shooters. However, white male privilege means white men are not collectively denigrated/targeted for those shootings — even though most come at the hands of white dudes.
Oh yes, "white privilege" prevents those evil white folks from being lumped into groups and denigrated. I mean no one ever accuses the Tea Party as a whole of being potential "domestic terrorists".  There are no military personnel drawing up war games plans on how to thwart a tea party rebellion.  There are no DHS reports warning law enforcement against the impending dangers presented by those who are staunch constitutionalists.

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