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But it's been an even worse week for minority ethnic groups here in America and abroad, particularly the Muslim population.
Already having been heavily persecuted and stigmatized against thanks to the government's response to the terrible terrorist attacks on September 11, Muslims in the USA have now become a convenient scapegoat for bombings, poisoned envelopes, and basically any large-scale attack of which the origin and purpose is unknown.
Just hours following the attacks on Boston, which left over 150 injured and 3 people dead, twitter feeds were bursting with racist tweets. I've highlighted a few below (offensive language ahead):
"Happy Patriots Day! You idiot liberals, this is what happens when your president opens our borders to his Muslim brotherhood" --@Steffman1911
"fuck the towel heads and gooks #merica" --@KSTrey4
"Terrorist attack in Boston, okay time to bomb the fuck outta the dirty ass sand monkeys in the Middle East" --@KatieGiorgio
Deeply disturbing and outright racist, it breaks my heart to see the finger-pointing and the clear ignorance of the posters of the tweets. But more than heartbreaking or sad, these ridiculous tweets make me angry. I am angry at these hurtful and close-minded tweeters who would blame an entire ethnic group based on their own hateful prejudices. As if violence is only perpetrated by Muslims, or gays, or North Koreans. As if domestic terrorists like the KKK didn't exist. Seriously, where do people get these ideas?! Don't they ever read the news? How can people still THINK LIKE THIS?
But in all my anger, there is also a deep seeded fear. A fear that there are still people who strongly believe in these misguided notions of Muslims and are willing, and most frightfully, proud to post their racist remarks on a social media website for everyone to see. Hate is strong, and there is so much of it here. Life isn't fair, and perhaps it shouldn't be, but irresponsibly and hatefully blaming an ethnic group or simply just a minority group you don't undersand is not the right thing to do here. Ignorance is not an excuse for these blatant lapses in judgement.
But the cycle of hate is deeply rooted, and unfortunately, it looks like it's here to stay. And that, everyone, is the most frightening realization yet.