UPDATED Friday, April 19:
As the story of the attacks on Boston rapidly develops, Americans continue to sort through reports about the identities, descriptions and motivations of the suspects — sometimes with better results than others. (A report that one was interested in hip-hop? Not helpful.)
It’s not the most urgent conversation taking place right now, since Boston remains on lockdown, but it certainly foreshadows the issues we’ll all grapple with as we attempt to make sense of this tragedy and those who are responsible for it.
Uncle Ruslan is responding to a climate where, for instance, all Muslims essentially have to answer for the actions of others.
— Joel D. Anderson (@blackink12) April 19, 2013
Suspect’s uncle: “No! they’ve never been in Chechnya. This has nothing to do with Chechnya, Chechens are peaceful people.”
— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) April 19, 2013
Conservatives: Boston Means We Shouldn’t Do Immigration Reform prospect.org/article/conser…
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) April 19, 2013
EXCLUSIVE: Dead Boston bombing suspect posted video on religious prophecy associated with Al Qaeda: motherjones.com/mojo/2013/04/b…
— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) April 19, 2013
— Bougie Suzy (@FarronElizabeth) April 19, 2013
— Proteas & Magnolias (@ArriannaMarie) April 19, 2013
So, not only are these not “dark-skinned males” they’re *literally* Caucasians. Like, from the Caucuses.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) April 19, 2013
Details emerge about the lives of the Tsarnaev brothers, suspected in Boston Marathon bombings nyti.ms/11KthPi
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 19, 2013
— Anne Cronin (@annecronin) April 19, 2013
(The Root) — Authorities have released surveillance video of two men whom it considers suspects in this week’s Boston Marathon bombing. Both are wearing backpacks and caps, and that’s probably about the only description that will be widely agreed upon, a day after everyone from the NAACP to Stephen Colbert slammed CNN for its Wednesday description of who it said was a “dark-skinned” suspect.
There’s been a hearty additional dose of post-photo release outrage from those who don’t see “dark” in today’s images, and MSNBC host Chris Matthews has already wondered aloud what authorities can tell about the suspects’ origins from the footage.
“Dark” is as subjective as it was yesterday, but as this urgent investigation continues, we’re reminded that we could use some collective work on how we discuss (and comprehend) race and identity.
If that’s what CNN meant by #darkskinned, I must be jet-black.
— Zaheer Ali (@zaheerali) April 18, 2013
— Rod McCullom (@rodmccullom) April 18, 2013
Chris Matthews asking his guest whether the FBI will be able to trace the suspect’s specific country of origin from the pics of their faces
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) April 18, 2013
CNN commentator: “You can’t tell from the video if these are Americans.” So what does an American look like?
— Matt Friedman (@mattfrieds) April 18, 2013
— Dave Jordan (@DJNYC1) April 18, 2013
I hope CNN will apologize for telling the world that the suspects were dark skinned males. Whoever that source was, they were way off base.
— Lola Adesioye (@lolaadesioye) April 18, 2013
Smh RT @marley_soul: A guy in my office says “they released the pictures of the bombers” another says “so they were foreigners right?” …
— The Kitchenista (@MissAngelaDavis) April 18, 2013
— ✨Tessalia Corterez✨ (@CallMeTessaa) April 18, 2013