I am sure somewhere someone is meticulously compiling the shameful list of hate attacks, incidents and rhetoci that has inundated our news feeds and timelines. Myself, I can’t keep up with all the attacks and hate rhetoric, punctuated by Donald Trump’s call for Muslims to be banned from entering the USA, that have exploded since the San Bernardino attacks.
As the title states, in one such instance a Muslim man was attacked by Piro Kolvani who decided he had to drive from Florida to New York to beat on a Muslim (Kolvani was inspired by the NY Post front covers). Kolvani viciously attacked Sarker Haque, who stated, “I never saw a situation like that. Not even after 9/11.”
The insane way America responds to attacks by Muslims versus attacks by others, (particularly White males who have committed the greatest and most significant numbers of mass shootings) highlights the hypocrisy inherent in significant sectors of Americana.
What Trump said shocked the system, before that point Islamophobia was rampant as well but many of those in positions of influence were asleep to its decadent and corrosive effects on the body politic. And lets be real, “Islamophobia” is a massive problem on the left! New Atheists such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Bill Maher are no better than Trump and the rest of the Republican field and they get feted by Hollywood, politicians and others who feel no shame when they break out in thunderous applause after every hate-filled comment.
American politicians have salivated at the opportunity to vote in support of war, occupation, invasion, and drone attacks that have destroyed countless Muslims for years now; that has barely registered a peep of condemnation.
Of course there are wonderful Americans who have been pushing back against this ugly hate but there are still some who are stuck on semantic hang-ups, debating whether “Islamophobia” is the right term, which is really another way to deflect and undermine the struggle against Islamophobia.
I share here a public post by Evergreen State College Professor Sarah Eltantawi that captures some of what I want to say. For those who yammer on and on about how great and better “our culture” is than “theirs,” no, you are horridly wrong, you are not better.