Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Islamophobia

The question is not whether there are mobs in the street waving pitchforks, calling for our heads. I don't think there are likely to be mobs in the street.

What I resent is the fact that two idiots in Boston who kill three people "for Islam" make the danger music play for endless news cycles on Fox News. But one idiot who kills seventy-seven people in Norway "for Christianity" passes from the headlines in a week or so. The bias is systemic and sickening.

Those who point that out are talking more about a desperately dysfunctional, media-driven national culture, I think, than about any openly fascistic, xenophobic tendencies in the "everyday people" one encounters in public. Is it permitted to ask, though, whether the former can ever create the latter?

http://brandontoropov.blogspot.com/2013/03/chapter-one-being-various-notes-on.html
 
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