It looked like the backlash was starting even before the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were identified as Muslim. Hours after the explosions, a Bangladeshi man told police he was dubbed an "Arab" and beaten in New York. A veiled Muslim woman in a city near Boston said she was struck in the shoulder and called a terrorist. When the public learned days later that the FBI was pursuing two Muslim men of Chechen descent, American Muslims feared the worst. But the worst didn't happen.It's almost as if the media wanted a backlash to occur as a way to obscure the bomber's motivation and the problem of radical Islam in America.
Despite the media's best efforts to stoke fear of white Americans coming after every Muslim American with torches and pitchforks post Boston bombings, there hasn't been a backlash.