Henry, I certainly agree what he did was wrong and as an artist/journalist you have every right to cover/interpret the story and person however you feel. I just think, as someone who's read your other work, you could have done something different and more creative then just pointing out photos take from a social networking site. He was a trouble kid that gave in to some awful demons and the rest of his life is ruined for it and he almost took the life of an innocent person. I think worse than a photo-blog showing off to be a dumb, frat drunk with misplaced and unfocused attacks are people that are going to simply label him a bigot or worse use him an avatar for political agenda towards the mosque and other pro-/anti-Islamic rhetoric that seems to be boiling and completely removed from the real issues.
I think this is actually kind of a pointless blog post. The kid is someone I knew who was troubled and lashed out in a horrible, stupid and foolish way. To snatch a bunch of photos and try and provide a "meet him photo essay" it beyond unfair and unnecessary. What he did was horrible and inexcusable but the way he's going to be portrayed and also crucified/used for political agendas and debates over mosques, our city is so far beyond the facts and the point.
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