Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Blog
By Jennine Vari
Spring 2013 Intern
Chicago Tribune Editor Clarence Page has written an interesting column addressing the unfounded accusations and racial profiling faced by Arabs and Muslims in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. According to Page, many found “the possibility that foreign terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon to be too tantalizing an explanation to pass up, even when it snares the wrong suspects.” As an African American, he empathizes with the burden of stereotyping and profiling faced by Arab Americans and American Muslims, and he notes the irony of conservative groups like Breitbart.com slamming the media for stereotyping some white conservative groups as “anti-government, right-wing folks.”
Page, who presented the Award for Institutional Excellence to Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman at last week’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Gala, references Christiane Amanpour’s comments at the event. While Amanpour addressed “the elephant in the room,” echoing the hopes of many that the bombers would not be Arab or Muslim, Page points out that the facts “frustrate our usual narratives and stereotypes.” Page’s article cautions against jumping to conclusions about suspects or motives, and serves as a universal call to rebuke stereotypes in favor of facts.
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