Alleged bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is still on the run, while his older brother, Tamerlan, 26, was killed earlier this morning during a shoot-out with the Boston Police Department. Dzhokhar is an accomplished medical student at UMASS Dartmouth and Tamerlan was a passionate boxer.
Between the news, online publications and social media networks, headlining reports like the Boston bombings are more than often misconstrued amid the overbearing outpour of news disclosures. Very few facts are ever delivered, with opinions and allegations left to reach the journalism forefront.
Mainstream media initially dubbed the tragedy a “terrorist attack.” Now that the alleged bombers have been discovered to be Western European, the siblings are mere suspects.
But it doesn’t matter whatever race the bomber(s) is, because it seems as though black and brown will always receive blame. Helping perpetuate the cause is media outlet TMZ. TMZ boldly transcribed this morning a hasty commentary in regards to the deceased suspect and the Hip-hop genre, reporting:
The older brother who was killed and suspected in the Boston bombings was deep into hip hop, and it appears he belonged to a fan website that touted that genre of music.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev has an email associated with the website, “Real-hiphop.com.”
The site provides information about hip hop artists and upcoming DVD releases.
What’s interesting … hip hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women. Tamerlan Tsarnaev has a boxing profile in which he says he doesn’t take his shirt off much because he doesn’t want women to get bad ideas, adding, “I’m very religious.” This statement is significantly more conservative than the hip hop genre.
Even with Tsarnaev hailing from Chechnya, Russia, TMZ found a way to place him in our culture. Is he being called Muslim yet… or just a Hip-hop fan?