In light of the egregious Boston Marathon Bombings I came across this interesting article: http://www.theonion.com/articles/study-majority-of-americans-not-informed-enough-to,32124/. This article explains the heritage of the two bombers, whom are of Chechen decent, and how Americans lack proper knowledge of Chechnya, which in turn, inhibits their ability to “stereotype the alleged terrorists.” So, first and foremost, what is Chechnya? In a nut shell, Chechnya is a Muslim republic located in the Caucasus region of South-western Russia. If Americans were to know this tid-bit of information, a multitude of Muslim stereotypes could be made, particularly linking the two bombers to Al Qaeda. According to Dr. Tim Kinane, “Our research shows that, while many Americans would like nothing more than to make sweeping, insensitive generalizations about these two individuals based purely on their ethnic identity, this process is largely impeded by the fact that 9 out of 10 Americans truly know next to nothing about Chechnya, including even the very barest details of what or where Chechnya is.” This quote disturbs me for two reasons: 1) we Americans can be so ignorant, especially when it comes to world affairs; 2) the fact that many Americans would blindly stereotype the bombers because they are Muslim. Why as a people are we often so ignorant about what is going on in the world around us, and why are we so willing, and even have an instinct to make stereotypes?