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Aziz Ansari Monologue Skewer’s “Lower Case KKK” & American Islamophobia

In my experience most people either love or hate Aziz Ansari’s comedy. I for one think he is one of the better comedians out there precisely because he does effectively tackle social commentary, and is one of the few celebrities calling out Islamophobia.

Here is the transcript of his SNL monologue in which he skewers “the lower-case kkk” movement, racism and Islamophobia. (Credit: The New York Times):

So, look. We’re divided. It’s O.K. We’ve always been divided by some of these big political issues. It’s fine. As long as we treat each other with respect and remember that ultimately we’re all Americans, we’ll be fine.

But the problem is —

[APPLAUSE]

The problem is, there’s a new group. I’m talking about this tiny slice of people that have gotten way too fired up about the Trump thing for the wrong reasons. I’m talking about these people that, as soon as Trump won, they’re like, “We don’t have to pretend like we’re not racist anymore! We don’t have to pretend anymore! We can be racist again! Whoo!”

[MR. ANSARI PUMPS HIS FIST, THEN LOWERS IT INTO A NAZI SALUTE]

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! No, no! If you’re one of these people, please go back to pretending. You’ve got to go back to pretending. I’m so sorry we never thanked you for your service. We never realized how much effort you were putting into the pretending. But you gotta go back to pretending.

[APPLAUSE]

Hey. I know it’s been a rough couple of years. Obama, “Empire,” “Hamilton.” It’s just been hit after hit after hit. “Star Wars” movies where the only white characters are stormtroopers. I get it! It’s been rough! But you’ve got to stop.

You know who I’m talking about. There’s like this new, lower-case K.K.K. movement that started — this kind of casual white supremacy. “Oh, let me put my foot in the pool and see how cold this water really is.” No! No! I’m talking about these people that are running around saying stuff like, “Trump won! Go back to Africa!” “Trump won! Go back to Mexico!” They see me: “Trump won, go back — to where you came from.”

Yeah. They’re not usually geography buffs.

[APPLAUSE]

Is that the plan, by the way? We’re all going to move? All the minorities? Forty-some percent of the country? Every minority’s going to move?

Beyoncé’s going to move? Beyoncé ain’t moving.

I ain’t moving. O.K.? My parents —

[APPLAUSE]

My parents moved from India to South Carolina in the early ’80s. They didn’t move until nine years ago. You know where they moved? North Carolina. They love it here. They’re not leaving.

[APPLAUSE]

Lower-case K.K.K., man. They’re out there. You know? Hate crimes and stuff are on the rise. You know, as far as people in my own skin tone, brown people. I think part of the problem is a lot of these people, they just haven’t interacted with any brown people in their normal life. The only people they see are these monsters in the news who are just a drop in the ocean.

Maybe what needs to happen is when they do the news report, they should do a second report about some other brown people that are just up to normal stuff — just to calm those people down.

So the reports are like: “The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Not armed and dangerous — these four other Muslim people that are eating nachos in Chicago. Let’s go to footage of them. Uh-oh, looks like Nasir just spilled a little cheese on his khakis! Got a little overambitious with that last dip! We’ve all been there!”

[APPLAUSE]

A lot of people are Islamophobic, which doesn’t make sense on paper because you know the God in Islam is the same God that was revealed to Abraham. Judaism, Christianity, same God. But people are scared. Why? Because any time they watch movies, and TV shows, and a character is Arabic, or they’re praying or something like that, that scary-ass music from “Homeland” is underneath it, it’s terrifying!

[APPLAUSE]

People are like, “Aah! What are they saying?” Just “God is good!” Normal religion stuff! It’s O.K.! You want to end Islamophobia? Honestly, just change that music. Like, if the music was different — if it was just, like, [singing theme to “The Benny Hill Show”], people would be like, “Man, Islam its one whimsical religion, isn’t it?”

[APPLAUSE]

I think Trump should make a speech. A real speech denouncing the lower-case K.K.K. Don’t tweet about me being lame or the show. Write a speech. A real speech. Because these people are out there, and it’s pissing a lot of people off. And I think it could make a difference. Because other presidents have done things like this, and it has helped. Hate crimes and stuff that went down.

Now George Bush, George W. Bush made a speech after 9/11, and it really helped. Things changed. This what he said in his speech, and I’m paraphrasing slightly. He said, “Islam is peace. The perpetrators of these attacks, they don’t represent Islam. They represent war and violence. Our enemies are not our Muslim brothers and sisters. Our enemies are a network of radical terrorists.” And everyone applauded. Democrats, Republicans, it didn’t matter. Because it’s not about politics. It’s about basic human decency and remembering why the country was founded in the first place.

And I was sitting there and I’m watching this speech and I’m like, “What the hell has happened? I’m sitting here wistfully watching old George W. Bush speeches?” Just sitting there like, “What a leader he was!” Sixteen years ago, I was certain this dude was a dildo. Now, I’m sitting there like, “He guided us with his eloquence!”

[APPLAUSE]

I want to leave you guys with a serious thought. I know there’s a lot of people that are worried right now. This is a weird time.

If you’re excited about Trump, great. He’s president. Let’s hope he does a great job.

If you’re scared about Trump and you’re very worried, you’re going to be O.K., too. Because if you look at our country’s history, change doesn’t come from presidents. Change comes from large groups of angry people. And if Day 1 is any indication, you are part of the largest group of angry people I have ever seen.

[APPLAUSE]

Good luck to you.

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  • Heinz Catsup

    How sweet of him.

  • I wanted to post this above the line, but it is a cross post and neither link to the original is working. Still, a great story:

    Homeless Man Racially Abuses a Muslim Man, He Responds by Finding Him a Job and a Home
    This story is indeed a great lesson for us all and highlights the best way of winning people’s hearts – good character. The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also won people over with his good character and many people went onto embrace Islam because of that.
    http://ilmfeed.com/homeless-man-racially-abuses-a-muslim-man-he-responds-by-finding-him-a-job-and-a-home/

  • JD

    The executive order also call for a “values test” including asking visa applicants whether they support Sharia Which is like asking Catholic if they support Cannon Law

  • JD

    Donald Trump expected to order Mexican border wall and temporarily ban refugees

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-immigration-refugees-muslim-countries-sign-executive-orders-iraq-iran-libya-restrict-a7544566.html

    Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders this week to prevent Syrian refugees and Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. He’s also expected to order the construction of his infamous, Mexican border wall on Wednesday.

  • JD

    Trump Muslim ban starts
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/24/politics/donald-trump-immigration-refugees/index.html?sr=fbCNN012517onald-trump-immigration-refugees/index.html0200AMStoryLink&linkId=33744350

    The orders on immigration, a
    congressional aide said, are expected to include restrictions on
    refugees, and people with some visas from countries including Iraq,
    Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. Reuters first reported the details of the executive orders.
    Retired
    Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, Trump’s pick to lead the Homeland
    Security department, was confirmed last week by the Senate.
    In
    the first three days of the Trump administration, the US admitted 136
    Syrian refugees (Saturday-Monday), according to is State Department
    Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
    “These
    executive orders will not make our nation any safer, rather it will
    make our nation more fearful and less welcoming, and such restrictions
    run contrary to very founding principles of our nation,” Hassan Shibly,
    executive director of CAIR-Florida told CNN.
    Shibly
    said CAIR is already getting calls from US citizens, green card
    holders, immigrants and even visitors who are concerned about whether
    they will be allowed to re-enter the US if they leave the country for
    vacations or travel.
    “Donald
    Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he
    made on the campaign trail. He called for a Muslim ban and is now
    taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The
    American people are better than this,” said National Iranian American
    Council in a statement.

  • Joey Sanders

    I agree. Look at what happened in France. Charlie Hebdo employed a group of Jews who thought it was funny to mock Islam frequently. Their argument was that it was just satire. What they did not explain was why Martin Sinet was fired from the magazine when he mocked Sarkozy’s son for being with a Jewish woman. Guess they don’t believe in equality when it comes to being mocked.

    Eventually, they were attacked. Subsequently, there was another attack where a gunman targeted Jews. On the streets, Jews were getting attacked by Muslims and other people who hated Jews. Now Jews are being forced to move out of France.

    Stay tuned to see if history will repeat itself in the United States now.

  • Khizer

    Too bad the innocent Jews will also be caught up by this hate movement mess due to the actions of extreme zionists.

  • Joey Sanders

    The Islamophobia Industry is mainly financed by Jews and Zionists to build support for Israel. People like Gabriel, Geller and more were given a voice on television where they spewed their hateful rhetoric unchallenged.

    They forgot one thing, though. Once you let hatred out of the bag, you don’t get to control it. Islamophobia normalized, again, public hatred and rhetoric against minority groups. Did these fools think it was going to end with Muslims? Because of fools like Geller, making hatred mainstream again, the White Power movement gained steam. Guess what? They don’t hate Muslims as much as they hate Jews. What goes around comes around.

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