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Spanish Harlem Gas Explosion…

We all remember the hysteria that was shoved down our throats in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings. It was declared a national tragedy. Muslims in the United States were once again scapegoated as a whole for the incident and the same old hate rang out against them. On the 13th of March, a gas explosion occurred in Spanish Harlem, a relatively poor neighborhood compromised of Latinos. Days prior to the explosion, residents reported that they smelled a strong stench of gas in the air and reported this to the New York Police Department, seemingly… Nothing was done. Spanish Harlem is known for it’s problem with HIV, gang activity and other poor social conditions that go along with urban poverty. The gas explosion directly killed eight people, including: Griselde Camacho, a security officer who had worked for the college since 2008 and Carmen Tanco, 67, a dental hygienist. Initial reports were there, yet, the media attention was not the same. No tragedy declared, no day of observance for the lives that had been lost in Spanish Harlem. In little less than days, it disappeared completely from coverage. Apparently in Spanish Harlem, lives are worth less than they are in Boston. One can’t help but question if this were to have happened in an affluent middle class or upper class primarily White neighborhood that the coverage would have been different.


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