Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.
He was injured in the blast and was running away like everyone else. But a bystander thought that was suspicious and tackled him. Police grilled him and ransacked his apartment. The new York post calls him a suspect immediately. Drudgereport links it under a screaming headline. World media pick it up. Everyone thinks he’s behind it. But. It’s. Just. Not. True.
I’ve been really disappointed in the coverage and how media outlets have chosen to handle this situation in particular. I read a piece from CBS this morning that absolutely stunned me.
The 20-year-old Saudi student in question was deemed suspicious because he moved away from the bomb after it went off while the larger crowd stood still, frozen.
“As they’re watching him, he seems to be moving very deliberately away, which could be a very natural thing after a bombing. They stop him because he’s covered with blood … they think he may be injured … they engage him, they start asking questions … there are things about his responses that made them uncomfortable, so they arranged to get him to the hospital.”
I’ll help out those who are confused. Moving away from a bomb after it has been detonated is a very natural thing to do. It’s the most natural thing in the world. Video footage from the marathon shows a lot of people running away after the blast. I’ve only heard about this particular student being questioned though and people seem to have already jumped on it.
The article goes on to say that the man was badly burned and fully cooperated with law enforcement. However, there are still no suspects at this point, as authorities have said more than once.
Yet, here we are. This is what racial profiling leads to and is perhaps one of many reasons as to why the primary focus should be put on the victims, especially during the initial hours and days following an incident like this. We never get a very accurate picture as to what happened right after and media speculation on the identity of the perpetrator and their motive is pretty useless.nM