Why? Probably because . . .
- If this was the act of a Middle Eastern terrorist group, ignorant Americans might take it out of innocent people like the Sikhs.
- Most immigrants from the Middle East are not terrorists – although, according to a 2011 study, 1 in 3 Americans think that Muslim Americans are more sympathetic to terrorists than other Americans. A Middle Eastern Boston Marathon bomber would not help correct this misconception.
- If a lone white guy – or a group of white guys – are responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, vigilantes are unlikely to take it out on random other white guys.
- Women are unlikely to initiate terrorism in the U.S. – although women are increasingly “carrying out suicide bombings, hijacking airplanes, and taking hostages in such places as in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, and Chechnya” according to this study.
Whoever did this is clearly evil and sociopathic – whatever race or ethnicity he/she might be. But I understand the person who hopes it’s a lone white guy, just as I used to hope that people who make stupid racist comments don’t have Southern accents. (Enough people already believe that Southern accents = ignorance.)
I pray this person is identified and caught soon. And maybe that he’s a lone white guy.