[Marxism] Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Sports and the American Dream

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 29 09:28:04 MDT 2013


A Fighter By His Trade: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Sports, and the American
Dream<http://www.thenation.com/blog/174080/fighter-his-trade-tamerlan-tsarnaev-sports-and-american-dream>

by Dave Zirin <http://www.thenation.com/authors/dave-zirin>

*“The most difficult part of getting to the top of the ladder is getting
through the crowd at the bottom.” *– Arch Ward (1896-1955), Chicago Tribune
Sports Editor & Founder of the Golden Gloves of America Boxing Tournament

Alienation, poverty, and despair drive people – overwhelmingly young men -
to awful acts of violence. That's as true for the strung-out soldier who
commits war crimes in Kandahar as it is for the gang member who kills a
child on the south side of Chicago. It’s also true in the case of Tamerlan
Tsarnaev, the dead – and deadly - elder bomber of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
The recognition of the roots of his rage rings clearly in a brilliant,
harrowing profile <http://nyti.ms/11MPZ8M> that appeared Sunday in *The New
York Times*. It’s less a story than an autopsy that explores what killed
Tsarnaev’s hope that he could make a life in the United States. Given the
unconscionable arguments by Rep. Peter
King<http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/peter-king-politically-correct-90369.html>and
countless others that the crimes of Tsarnaev should be a clarion call
for intensified profiling and surveillance of Muslim families in the United
States, Tsarnaev's motivations to violence are critical. Just as we
shouldn't accept the racist argument that "culture" is the root cause of
gun deaths in Chicago, we should reject that Islam bears any sort of
collective responsibility for Tsarnaev crimes.
full - http://bit.ly/18eAqZs



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