One of the reasons I like economics is that you get inside of everybody’s head and try to explain their behavior as the outcome of rational (though perhaps gravely mistaken) choice. I also like novelists who merely describe what the various characters–even the “bad guys”–did and why, from their individual perspectives, without banging me over the head with moral condemnation about it.
OK so in this context, it doesn’t really work to post selfies of you holding a kitchen wall clock and saying, “I took this to work. #IStandWithAhmed.”
No, if you really want to do an apples to apples comparison, try to walk through the lobby of your office past the security guards with this inside your bag, and have it beep just as you pass them so they ask you to take it out:
Is it really so inconceivable that at a school–where all the faculty and staff have no doubt been subjected to countless drills on how to handle an active shooter situation etc.–a teacher would report this and they’d call the police?
It should go without saying that I don’t think the kid should’ve been arrested, and I’m sure he was treated worse because of his ethnicity and name. But all of a sudden half my Facebook feed has turned into bomb squad veterans on this one.