Americanized Boston Bombers

The Boston Marathon Bombing.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, you need only google it or turn on the news. The two brothers who are allegedly responsible for bombing the Boston Marathon on Monday are 26 year old Tamerlan Tsanaev and 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsanaev. They were two brothers who committed an act, which resulted in the murder of at least 4 people (including an 8 year old child) and the injury of over a hundred more people.

My heart goes out to all of those who lost loved ones, who were hurt, injured or traumatized by this experience. I will never understand how some people can  just hurt random people for no reason.

It’s a tragedy, but what is somewhat interesting about this incident is the focus that has been, not so much on the horror of the event itself, but more so on the two brothers, their ethnicity, their religious background and the “Americanization,” of the brothers, the younger brother in particular.

When they first showed the surveillance tape of the two young men, I thought that I was seeing two white, American boys. I thought, perhaps it was just two young men like the Oklahoma City bombing years ago. However, after news broke out about the Tsarnaev brothers carjacking and shooting an innocent police officer, their identity was revealed and the media quickly alerted the public to their background. They were two Muslim men, who were of Russian-Chechen descent.

One of the brothers had just become a naturalized US citizen and the other held a valid green card. When interviewing the friends of the two young men, it became common to hear people refer to the two men as very “Americanized.” Friends noted how outgoing, athletic and gregarious the younger brother was and the older brother was training to be a boxer for the American, Olympic team…The oldest brother was killed on Thursday night in a shoot out and the younger brother is in custody.

What I found interesting was that people kept commenting that the two men were so “Americanized.” I found myself wondering what makes someone “Americanized?” Does following a certain religion or having certain hobbies make someone more “American,” or do you have to look a certain way??

Does someone being “Americanized,” mean that they’re less likely to commit horrible crimes, such as the bombing of a Boston Marathon?

What do you all think about this??? Why do people keep alluding to how “Americanized,” the men were/are?

2 thoughts on “Americanized Boston Bombers”

  1. Americanized is a code that only white people use to mean:


    It shows the entire world that white privilege hurts white people. We all understand this. All of us, that is, except white people.


  2. An fascinating dialogue is value comment. I think that you must write more on this subject, it may not be a taboo subject but generally people are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers


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