New Media Project – Muslims: First to Blame for Terrorist Attack on Boston Bombing

Posted on May 15, 2013 by

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This is the work and research of Chloe Altmann and Samantha Falk

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This photo of the painting done by Sam Falk and Chloe Altmann depicts both the disaster of the Boston Marathon Bombing as well as the stereotype that Muslims are trying to stray away from. The road in this photo symbolizes the finish line that was near the two main bombs that were constructed by two Islamic extremists. Because these two men were Muslim, it generalized all Muslims as being terrorists and behind this attack. The road also shows the path of the Muslim religion of which Muslims are portrayed as terrorists just because the actual bombers happened to be of the Muslim background.  The road veering off in the distance shows the constant struggle that Muslims will always face because of attacks like 9/11 and Boston Bombing. Muslims as a whole will never be able to diminish the stereotype of being violent because of their Islamic beliefs.

This Prezi presentation shows how Muslims are always first to blame when a terrorist attack occurs. It talks about the Tsarnaev brothers being outliers, the Muslim background having affect on their actions, how Islamaphobia plays a role in the stereotypes, how the media forms America’s beliefs and thoughts, and how not all Muslims are terrorists, and how other religions are viewed on terrorism. The information in this article uses the knowledge from different authors, scholars, and researchers. There are videos and photographs that help explain and give more information on this topic.

Works Cited

Abcarian, Robin, “In Boston bombing, Muslims hold their breath,” April 17, 2013, Los  Angeles Times, (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-boston-bombing-arrest-muslims-20130417,0,4336914.story).

Belt, Don, “Boston Bombing Suspects Raise New Terrorism Questions,” April 20, 2013,  National Geographic News,      (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130420-homegrown-terrorism-tsarnaev-brothers-boston-marathon-bombings-islam-radicalism/).

Cole, Juan, “Terrorism and the other Religions,” April 23, 2013, Informed Comment, (http://www.juancole.com/2013/04/terrorism-other-religions.html).

Collier, Dillon, “S.A. expert on terrorism: Boston bombings work or Islamic extremists,” April 16, 2013, Kens5, (http://www.kens5.com/news/SA-expert-on-terrorism-Boston-bombings-work-of-Islamic-extremists- 203127581.html).

Cooper, Michael; Schmidt, Michael S.; Schmitt., Eric, “Boston Suspects Are Seen as Self-Taught and Fueled by Web, “ April 23, 2013, New York Times, (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/us/boston-marathon-bombing-developments.html?pagewanted=all).

Cullen, Kevin, “It doesn’t matter why they hate us, they just do,” April 19, 2013, The Boston Globe, (http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/19/doesn-matter-why-they-hate-they-just/4SdIPesSXkbkM5dDh74YcM/story.html).

Ghilan, Mohamed. “The Irony of Muslim Terrorism.” April, 29, 2013. Aljazeera. (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/201342894844652561.html)

Green, David, “Does Religion Cause Terrorism? It’s Complicated,” October 31, 2011, Huffington Post, (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/religion-terrorism_n_944143.html).

Green, Todd, “The Face of Christian Terrorism?” July 25, 2011, Huffington Post, (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-green-phd/anders-behring-breivik-christian-terrorism_b_908163.html).

Greenwald, Glenn, “Why is Boston “terrorism” but not Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson, and Columbine?” April 22, 2013, The Guardian, (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/22/boston-marathon-terrorism-aurora-sandy-hook).

Hayes, Nick, “Boston Bombings: Understanding Tsarnaev brothers and their intended audience,” April 22, 2013, MinnPost, (http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2013/04/boston-bombings-understanding-tsarnaev-brothers-and-their-intended-audience).

Hlayhel, Anas, “Is Islam a Violent Religion?” February 21, 2010, Muslim Matters, (http://muslimmatters.org/2010/02/21/is-islam-a-violent-religion/).

Kane, Alex, “Boston Marathon bombings unleash a new wave of Islamaphobia,” April 19, 2013, Mondoweiss, (http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/marathon-bombings-islamophobia.html).

Lavoie, Denise, Peoples, Steve; Sullivan, Eileen; Yost, Pete, “Officials: Religion droveBoston bombers,” April 22, 2013, UT San Diego, (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/22/boston-marathon-bombing-motive-religion/).

Sarma, Deepak, “Being Brown After the Boston Bomb Blast,” April 17, 2013, Huffington  Post, (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-sarma/being-brown-after-the-boston-bomb-blast_b_3100085.html?utm_hp_ref=religion).

Shane, Scott, “Bombings End Decade of Strinkingly Few Successful Terrorism Attacks in U.S.,” April 16, 2013, New York Times, (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/us/bombings-end-decade-without-terror-in-us.html?_r=0).

Potts, Hailey Branson, “Boston bombing: Muslims told not to apologize for their faith,” April 20, 2013, Los Angeles Times, (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-boston-bombing-muslims-told-not-to-apologize-for-their-faith-20130420,0,856375.story).

Whitewraithe, “Boston Marathon Bombing launches “new radical Islamic threat” According to mainstream media,” April 21, 2013, Northern Truth Seeker

(http://northerntruthseeker.blogspot.com/2013/04/excellent-article-from-whitewraithe.html).

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