Man, what the fuck is going on in the tri-state area?! Since Saturday, there’s been a ton of confusion and unanswered questions when it comes to the bombings that occurred in New York and New Jersey. To be real, I’m not even sure what to say at the moment, but I still feel like I need to say something. Anything. I guess, for me, this post is an attempt to make sense of the tomfoolery going on in my city right now. With that being said, let’s see if we can talk our way through this one.
So, this past Saturday, both New Jersey and New York had to deal with unexpected bombings. First, over in Seaside Park, New Jersey, a garbage can exploded near a Marine Corps charity run. Then, here in New York’s Chelsea area, another bomb went off, which ultimately injured 29 people. To make matters even worse, just last night, over in Elizabeth, New Jersey, authorities found a backpack containing about five more bombs. One of the bombs in the bag ended up going off during the investigation.
While Bill de Blasio, New York City’s mayor, didn’t link the explosions to terrorism at first, new evidence now points to a man named Ahmad Khan Rahami. Apparently, this Afghan-born, naturalized U.S. citizen was seen on surveillance cameras near the various target sites. As I write this, I’m being told authorities actually caught the guy, shooting him in the leg during his arrest.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, what in the hell does this all mean, man? As I’m sure everyone knows, NYC is no stranger to terrorist attacks. However; I truly don’t know what to make of all of this. Granted, the situation is still very fresh, but I honestly hope this isn’t a sign of bigger things to come. Literally, as I continue to write this post, my homegirl LeShay just texted me about more threats being found at Times Square and Union Square. This situation is completely out of hand, man. It’s times like this when it’s difficult to put everything into perspective. If this man truly is to blame, our first priority should be figuring out if he’s part of something larger. I’m sure it goes without saying, but this is the LAST thing this country needs.
All I know is, these are the moments when we can’t allow intimidators to back us into a corner from fear. Now, I’m sure that sounds like some silly movie line, but I’m dead serious, man. In the end, everyone be safe out there. Good day.