My boyfriend and I watched some coverage of the Boston explosions today. Some of the news coverage referred to the bombs as terrorism. After which my boyfriend commented that now that it was terrorism, the Arabs were going to be blamed for it. Not whoever was directly involved. Not whatever group they might be affiliated with. All the Arabs.
My boyfriend is Arab, if you’ve forgotten. Although I suppose a non-Arab could have noted the association between terrorism and Arabs too. But it’s particularly heart-wrenching to hear an Arab point out that the use of one particular word is going to implicate him, despite the fact that he could not possibly be more innocent and unconnected to the crime.
See also this article, which is the more scholarly explanation of what my boyfriend said and why it’s true.