In light of news that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were from predominantly Islamic Chechnya, students and professors at Boston University said U.S. citizens should not create harmful generalizations about the Muslim community and violence.
"Violence doesn't necessarily belong to Muslim extremism any more than it belongs to any other form of extreme behavior," said College of Fine Arts professor André de Quadros, a member of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations. "We, in this country, are victims of violence even to people who are not Muslim."
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects, has been described as an Islamic extremist by various media outlets in the days following the attacks. Tamerlan, who was killed after a shootout with police in Watertown, was the older brother of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is now in police custody.