Caught in the act: a desperate, self-loathing, liberal tool
The author is David Sirota and the title of the article is Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American. Yes, you read that correctly.
As you might expect, Sirota appears to be white and likely, an American. So what do we seem to have here? A garden-variety self-loathing liberal who writes for Salon and hopes that whites—other whites—can be blamed for the Boston Marathon bombing in order to advance his personal political agenda. (The best thing about Salon, back in the day, was that Camille Paglia wrote for it. And they still pleasantly surprise, from time to time.)
But really, whatever happened to being judged on the content of one’s character, whether for good or for evil, rather than the color of one’s skin? Down the memory hole, it would seem.
And even though Sirota goes on to spill a thousand or so words, he fails to present a coherent case as to why we should hope the bomber is a white American, except to assert, sans logic, his favored political/policy outcomes: “Because only in that case will [the bomber’s so-called white] privilege work to prevent the Boston attack from potentially undermining progress on those other issues.” His “other issues” are stopping war, reducing the defense budget, protecting civil liberties, and immigration legislation. (At minimum, I’m afraid war will be with us, regardless of the bomber’s skin color.)
So as it is, Sirota’s piece is bizarre. Bizarre beyond even what most of his fellow travelers think (or at least, what they’ll admit to).
It seems more likely Sirota hopes the bomber is a pro-gun, anti-abortion Tea Partying male from Texas. Why? That would fit his desired political narrative. Were that to be true, hoping for a merely white perp would then diminish in importance.