Let’s play a little game with racial and religious labels, shall we?


I saw a headline on a right-wing Web site the other day that said this: “Looks Like Boston Bombing Suspects Not ‘White Americans.’”


But, of course, that’s only half right. On second thought, it’s only one-fourth right. Only one of the suspects is an American, but both are white.


Joan Walsh of Salon puts it THIS WAY:


[E]thnically in this country, we count Americans of Russian descent, as well as Chechens, as white. Dzhokhar [Tsarniev] was a naturalized American citizen; Tamarlan had applied for citizenship but reportedly ...

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Let’s play a little game with racial and religious labels, shall we?

I saw a headline on a right-wing Web site the other day that said this: “Looks Like Boston Bombing Suspects Not ‘White Americans.’”

But, of course, that’s only half right. On second thought, it’s only one-fourth right. Only one of the suspects is an American, but both are white.

Joan Walsh of Salon puts it THIS WAY:

[E]thnically in this country, we count Americans of Russian descent, as well as Chechens, as white. Dzhokhar [Tsarniev] was a naturalized American citizen; Tamarlan had applied for citizenship but reportedly ...

Read more