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The first bombing, which happened on March 2, was dismissed by police who assumed it was in retaliation for a drug raid on a similar house. 

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 Likely because the victim was black.

 

Many blacks and Latinos believe there was a nefarious reason behind the bomber's decision to target East Austin (3 of the 5 bombings took place in E. Austin), which has the highest concentration of blacks and Latinos in the city.  Some POC in Austin believe that the bomber switched targets to "throw off" the authorities and would've likely returned to targeting the E. Austin area had he not been caught.

 

There are important conversations that are failing to take place as the authorities and media strive to tie this case up in a neat little bow.

 

In Austin, a Bomber’s Rampage Exposes Racial Fault Lines Long Buried

 

I actually don't think many POCs are breathing a sigh of relief, given Austin and Texas' history with POC, who are likely unnerved by this, especially seeing that the motive has yet to be revealed and likely never will.

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