Was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 2011 blog comment an ominous sign? “people won’t stand quiet”

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April 19, 2013

A Dzhokhar Tsarnaev commented on this blog in 2011.It would at least appear to jibe with his now known history as a student.

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The post in question was discussing “thin-slicing.” That appears to amount to profiling of some sort.

Thin-slicing is a term used in psychology and philosophy to describe the ability to find patterns in events based only on “thin slices,” or narrow windows, of experience

For the past several weeks, we’ve discussed thin-slicing as it pertains to academic life; my colleague Professor Whittingham has also discussed the Amadou Diallou case, when thin-slicing and race collided to result in tragedy.  Today I want to discuss a case that has been going on for the past 18 years, a case where thin-slicing had similar tragic consequences based on nothing more than the way three teenagers dressed and the music they liked.

On this post:

For the past several weeks, we’ve discussed thin-slicing as it pertains to academic life; my colleague Professor Whittingham has also discussed the Amadou Diallou case, when thin-slicing and race collided to result in tragedy.  Today I want to discuss a case that has been going on for the past 18 years, a case where thin-slicing had similar tragic consequences based on nothing more than the way three teenagers dressed and the music they liked.

We find this comment below from a Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dated August 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
August 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm
In this case it would have been hard to protect or defend these young boys if the whole town exclaimed in happiness at the arrest. Also, to go against the authorities isn’t the easiest thing to do. Don’t get me wrong though, I am appalled at the situation but I think that the town was scared and desperate to blame someone. It’s because of stories like this and such occurrences that make a positive change in this world. I’m pretty sure there won’t be anymore similar tales like this. In any case, if they do, people won’t stand quiet, i hope.



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Comments:
  1. Just Me says:

    Why are you using headline like this? Although the guy obviously has problems and deserves whatever he gets in the end…all he is saying is if there is another issue with profiling that causes undo injury or death, people won’t just ignore it. Just another attempt of media trying to put information out there in a way to cause conflict.

  2. ALL CAPS says:

    This reference to a blog comment is the only crumb of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the Internet. It not even the actual blog, just a reference to it. An active student at UMass Dartmouth, and no online footprint. Weird.