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Letter to Terrible People Who Make Tragedies Worse

Boston deals with aftermath of marathon explosions (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Boston deals with aftermath of marathon explosions (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Writing at Ebony, Michael Arceneaux has a few choice words — and some requests — for "Boston Marathon tragedy pimps."

I. When Something Horrible Happens To Other People, Don't Make It About You and Your Cause

Conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin used the Boston Marathon bombing to take a shot at her colleagues when she tweeted that she wasn't going to write about the matter given, "It is a local crime story for now." As Salon noted, the irresponsibly snarky comment was referencing the Kermit Gosnell story and Washington Post health policy reporter Sarah Kliff, who tweeted the week prior that she wouldn't write about the case because "I cover policy for the Washington Post, not local crime." …

II. The Blame Game

I realize that in the world of 24-hour news cycles, social media, and DVR, our patience levels are at historical lows. Nevertheless, unless you work for the FBI, save your theories about who you believe to be responsible for the bombing …

III. The Cons, The Cranky Kooks, and Jackasses

If you're using the murder and life altering injuries of innocent people to raise money to pay your rent or cover the cost of Beats by Dre, let me remind you that if there is a hell, you're going to be sleeping inside the pizza oven located in the seventh circle — the one with the broken window unit. Suffer slow, suckers.


Read Michael Arceneaux's entire piece at Ebony.

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Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter.

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