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    Though born in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, these suspects are Chechen - their families are from Chechnya. Chechnya is in the center of the Caucasus, AKA Caucasia. This is the region from which the racial term "Caucasian" was taken when races were made up in the 1800s.

    Their being Caucasians doesn't mean anything - to think their race determines their actions, or that their actions speak for their race, is precisely racism. Indeed, lots of White supremacisists would never accept Chechen Muslims as part of "their race".

    My point is that races are constructed, and that reality always defies our expectations based on race. "Caucasian terrorists" might not be what you think they are. In fact, if you think of them as a race, they can't be.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:10:13 AM PDT

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