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View Diary: Gunman loose on MIT campus story proved false alarm but generated real fear and headlines worldwide (74 comments)

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  •  A call reporting a gunman (6+ / 0-)

    So that's all it takes now; then the fear machine takes over and generates global headlines.

    I think maybe the GOP has won.

    •  Well, a call regarding a gunman @ an icon- (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      Replacing MIT with " The New York Stock Exchange" or "Disneyland" would probably have the same result.

      I kinda doubt that a call regarding a potential gunman @, say, "the Chelsea Produce Market" would grab the world's attention quite as much.

      •  You are correct (0+ / 0-)

        Any threat to white, privileged sanctuaries will and do generate disproportionate responses.

        And in inner-city L.A.'s Rampart, Detroit's Brightmoor or Newwark's South Ward, for examples, ... not so much.

        •  undergrad enrollment is 50% minority (1+ / 0-)
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          alain2112

          at MIT and at risk in a bad event.

          link

          I think it has more to do with college campus/kids (i.e. age of victims), and the potential for mass murder (a different story than individual shootings) rather than white privilege. Just my opinion.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 11:16:14 AM PST

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