Terrorism or Trauma?

Picture 3Alyssa MacDougall, who earned an undergraduate degree in the study of religion and philosophy at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is now a master’s student in media studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Her thesis research is focused on the effects of framing of Muslims in the western media. If you’re interested in her musings about her two cats, religion, media and graduate life, you can find her on twitter under the handle @alyssamacd.

On February 10th, 2015, three generous, intelligent people were murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They were students and avid volunteers. The man charged with their murder is their 46-year-old neighbor, reportedly upset over a parking dispute with the victims.

It should be entirely irrelevant that the victims were Muslim, given that their deaths were violent and unnecessary no matter their religion. Unfortunately, to the media, it isn’t; their religion will entirely change how their murder is memorialized in the news. Continue reading