Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

The Fort Hood Tragedy

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Flags remain at half-staff all week after the deaths of 13 and wounding of 29 service men and women at Fort Hood at the hands of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. This tragedy revealed some scary reporting in the news media. Many started the day after jumping to conclusions as we saw in class. This jump showed the prejudices that we have towards people of Middle Eastern descent. The very fact that many members of society jump to conclusions that this man was a terrorist even before any details emerge is scary. It was only the day after and alleged postings online emerged that showed Hasan making very negative comments toward the US. The rumor mills started up the minute the name of the gunman was released. This is the sad part, that people jump to such conclusions. Today new information is emerging. This article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091109/ap_on_re_us/us_fort_hood_shooting

by the AP shows that people are looking for any information to create terrorist ties. Whether or not Hasan’s actions are acts of terror it is still sad that the media and many people jumped to the conclusion he was a terrorist just on his name alone.

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Written by briangaw

November 9, 2009 at 4:43 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. It is easier for the media to say that someone is a terrorist other than find out why the person committed the acts that they did. It’s exactly what the professor kept asking in class. Why not ask ourselves the reason behind an act or an attack? It’s because America is afraid that they hold some blame in the situation.

    Antoinette Lester

    November 9, 2009 at 11:10 pm


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