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I asked my students the seemingly simple but amazingly complex question of why. Sociologically answers can range from the resistance of the power majority to identify itself with terrorism to anti-internationalist/anti-immigrant sentiments used to marginalize them and the immigration issue even more. However, for me, the conversation can be even deeper.
Most recently, the family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev were turned away from several places when seeking to bury their son. If Timothy McVeigh's (one of the terrorists, to whom that term was never applied, behind the Oklahoma City bombing) body weren't cremated, I wonder if his family would have faced the same obstacles trying to bury him? More grounded in reality, Adam Lanza's body was claimed by his father and the burial arrangements were kept secret. How is that possible when the denial of burial services are headline news for the family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev?
One answer is white privilege. Actually, that's a pretty big answer. Another answer is, again, anti-immigrant sentiment which has been largely opportunistic as well.
I'd enjoy hearing other thoughts on the issue as well. As always, feel free to comment, share, follow, and like what you've read. As long as we keep the conversation for the pursuit of answers flowing.