Many commenters in the HBD world are claiming that one upside of the Boston bombings being perpetrated by Muslim Chechen immigrants is that it may shut down momentum for immigration amnesty that is currently under works. Perhaps it might. Perhaps discussion of the terrorists’ acts might even spark conversation on the wisdom of immigration from Muslim countries. That might be a positive result of this tragedy (and make no mistake, it is a tragedy in the classic sense of the word). But, should that happen, as with discussion of public awareness HBD in general, here’s one potential pitfall as elucidated by the sage Chris Rock (coarse language warning):
Whatever ideas based on a realistic understanding of human differences that advocates want to put forward – should we find a public that is more receptive to hearing them – we want to be sure we don’t go too far and that the most extreme voices don’t dominate the conversation. This is a general problem with public awareness of HBD, and something I will address in more depth in a future post.