It was with a heavy heart that I read news reports informing me that less than 2 hours ahead of this writing, no fewer than two bombs were detonated at, or near the finish line of The Boston Marathon. It’s my hope that the media, the general public, and our government does not begin to speculate too loudly on who the culprits may be. Violence often makes irrational fools of many mighty minds.
President Barack Obama swore an oath that those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.” He also gave a very clear mandate that no one should jump to conclusions.
We need to keep in mind that even the mere accusation of guilt in such extreme cases as this can lead to the unfair treatment of, and often violent retribution towards the wrong people. People who will almost always be part of a minority group, or marginalized populace.
Today we have at least 3 dead and 136 wounded people, with ages ranging from 2 to 71 years old. As always, in the wake of terrorism, both at the hands of foreign agents and fellow Americans, we want immediate, bloody, viscerally satisfying, and lethal revenge.
Team, I’m not asking you to forget or forgive, no matter who is ultimately found responsible. All I am asking is that we you wait for
revenge justice until we have a clear and verifiable target for our righteous indignation.