Boston Globe Asks Readers: Do you feel empathy for Dzhokhar?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 at 7:46 am

These people are beyond hope.

Photos show him dropping a bomb near the Boston Marathon finish line. He allegedly killed a police officer in cold blood. But while his older brother fit the stereotype of the dangerous extremist — distant, cruel, driven by ideology — 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had friends. Went to prom. Was considered “a nice guy.”

The dissonance has sent some people deep into fringe territory. There’s a #FreeJahar movement on Twitter and a Facebook group claiming his innocence. But many others, devastated by the bombings, have nonetheless confessed to mixed emotions this week: to wondering how Tsarnaev felt, what he thought, as he cowered in a boat in a Watertown backyard.

Expressing those ideas can be a clumsy thing, as singer Amanda Palmer now admits about her “poem for dzhokhar,” a rambling, widely-slammed free verse about boats, iPhones, and Vietnamese spring rolls. But is empathy different from sympathy? Does it make us hopelessly naive, or simply human?

Yes, hopelessly naive.

The readers go off on them, thankfully.

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4 Responses to “Boston Globe Asks Readers: Do you feel empathy for Dzhokhar?”

  1. Chris W. on 25/25/13 at 9:04 am

    Wow, looks like all 7 Boston Globe readers were rightly pissed. When will Boston Globe be auctioning off their office supplies? I could use some cubicle walls, if I can get em cheap.


  2. sherlockzz on 25/25/13 at 10:42 am

    Let me say this in Bostonian so as to avoid any language barrier… What are you? Retahded?

  3. Vic Kelley on 25/25/13 at 11:38 am

    One of the commenters really got it right, said that if you think it’s bad now just wait until Dzhokhar gets marriage proposals during his trial. Yeah that could happen. The media will find a way to make Dzhokhar look like a victim, too. Parasites.

  4. Blue Hen on 25/25/13 at 1:56 pm

    Shall we start taking bets on when and which classy leftist starts with amputee jokes? it’ll happen. That, sadly, is only a matter of time. They won’t be able to lionize the vermin without trashing the victims. And the left is skilled at it. They’ve already played the race card, and now the dissaffected youth gambit.