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Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

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Stereotyping leads to harm

When terror strikes America everyone is put on edge, and often quick to judge the ones who inflicted terror saying they are automatically a different ethnicity and probably even from a different country and not a citizen of the United States.

Not to say that it should be any one group who commits a terrorist attack but that we as citizens of America shouldn’t look at terrorists as what we came to know during the September 11 attacks of the year, 2001.

During that period in time it was Al Qaeda that organized those attacks, but that doesn’t mean it is only them that will do a terrorist attack.

In the last century alone we have seen attacks on our country from many groups and nationalities for a variety of reasons.

In 1995 war veteran Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in a attempt to fight back against what he saw as a tyrannical government.

At one time the Ku Klux Klan ran around trying to terrorize black people by leaving burning crosses on their lawns or even lynching them.

The fact is that anyone is capable of good and evil and by painting a entire group with the same brush we harm everyone.

When these attacks happen, it would be wise to wait to hear all of the facts before jumping to assumptions.

It is unfair to cast blame onto one entity, seeing as it isn’t the ethnicity or country who is doing the attacks, it is one or two people maybe even more.

It is the individual who should be looked at for what he/she did as a bad thing of committing a terrorist attack.

The police officials should be the ones in charge of dealing out the punishment, all over social media sites people are saying what they think should happen to the individual caught for the Boston Marathon bombings.

It’s the act of terror on our country that should remain in our minds as a constant thought that we need to be united together to give each other comfort through these times.

We can’t compare every veteran who honored and fought for their country any more than we can compare say every person living in the south was a KKK member.

These stereotypes only lead to mistrust and resentment on both sides and cause more problems down the line.

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