“When we find out who did this, we may well find some fascination with the event—perhaps a foreign terrorist, or a sick American. Perhaps it was someone who spotted a terribly easy target. Or perhaps it was someone who saw a reflection of the human spirit and decided just to try to shatter it.”
-NICHOLAS THOMPSON, The New York Times
Already sickened by the glimpse into the fragility and horror of human existence provided by a multiple-bombing in my home state, I am made even more ill by the polarizing nature of this reporter’s phrasing: if the perpetrator was American, he was “sick,” but if he was not American, he was most definitely a “terrorist.” How do we as a species grow and progress when we use such divisive language, willfully (mis)categorizing people we don’t even know in such a xenophobic and hateful way?