Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Occasionally one runs into someone who confirms ones faith in ones own personal beliefs

"Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society."
- Judith Light, Actress

Occasionally one runs into someone who confirms ones faith in ones own personal beliefs. I guess it is a reaffirming experience but an unpleasant one. It happened to me. I do meet decent people people with whom I disagree and who have intelligent arguments. Then there are those with whom I disagree with because they are opinionated racist, bigoted and intolerant. It was just such an experience as this that reminded me that there are people out there that think this way. This individual stated, among other things, that Obama was not born in America, a fallacious birther argument, Obama is President and had there had been serious questions of his legitimacy he would not have been able to run. He also claimed that Obama was a Muslim, as if being a Muslim is some kind of automatic disqualification.
While it is a fact that we are at war with Islamic terrorists it does not mean all Muslims are terrorists. Because a deranged American Muslim Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan committed mass murder, it doesn't mean that all Muslims are murderers. We have a propensity of putting everyone in the same pot in America. There have been other acts of mass murder in America and we don't characterize these people or all members of their race or religion the same way. We do it to Muslims because they seem different. In truth they are different, but so are Jews, and Italians, and Indians, and Chinese, and everyone else in America. We are all different and yet we are all the same, we are Americans.
I am offended when I hear someone say Obama is a Muslim. I am offended because; so what if he was. Does it make him anything less? Unfortunately in some minds it does. Those that don't like him won't like him no matter what he is. "He's a Muslim, he wants to destroy this country, he wants to make us socialists". This is the language of ignorance and fear. Fear that 'I won't be on top of the food chain'. It is the 'I am white and on top' argument. It is the argument of mean spirited little white men who are afraid of "them".
I keep hoping we can get past that and get to the real discussion but it has reminded me that there is still is a long way to go and maybe we can never really get there or at least some can't.

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