The issue behind this general outcry and uneasiness towards the cover of the August edition of Rolling Stone is not because it portrays Jahar Tsarnaev as innocent, but because it makes Americans come to terms with that which was seemingly brushed aside post-9/11 and which they fear the most; an enemy within. I applaud Rolling Stone for tackling this issue head on and for their choice in cover because it makes us confront this issue which is easily dismissed by this narrative that radicalization must somehow begin abroad.
Harrison Bennett is an American currently living in Toronto. He enjoys a good poutine and a fresh bagel. Typically he blogs for various outlets about electronic music.
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more