A quote from the article:
I joked on Twitter that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are putting the status of Chechens as full members of the “white race” in jeopardy. I was only half-kidding. Conservatives and others are already trying to reconcile how Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev can be Muslim, “white,” “terrorists,” American, and from Chechnya.
As we have repeatedly seen in the United States as of late, when white folks do bad things the solution is to focus on how they are individuals who do not represent the group. As we are seeing in the Boston example, folks who are already marked and racialized by their religion can perhaps be kicked out of the category known as “white people.”
Daily Kos: Are Chechens Really White? Racial Formation Theory and the Boston Marathon Bombing
The Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt for Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev have provided a great lesson in how notions of racial identity and group membership are reproduced by the media …