Category: Racism

ell brown via flickr
ell brown via flickr

‘Merica was apparently attacked in the late summer of 2001. Evidently, the suspected attackers had brown skin and were Muslim. Logically, after learning of this piece of history, I declared that ‘Merica should be spying on and suspecting anyone in this glorious land that matched those parameters. After all, they probably want to do similar things to us – maybe even ME! That liberal rag, the Constitution, makes this difficult, but fuckin’ who cares – right? We gotta suspect them all. I have the same level of reasoning that the NYPD has, by the way.

But after 10 years, we’ve turned up nothing. Obviously we’re not spending enough money or spying hard enough. The NYPD, who has apparently extended its field of juridiction to… everywhere, has been unable to uncover a single fucking plot to destroy our freedom. Yet as a society, we’re continually taught to suspect and fear anyone even vaguely Muslim or Arab. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be that, as the Sikh community has learned several times over. It has provided the NYPD with a surplus of Urdu speakers, though.

This is a part of the reactionary strategy of the United States’ anti-terrorism campaign, and has nothing to do with actually ending terrorism against the citizens of this country. Those causes are not hard to decipher, they are just really inconvenient for the whole America-ruling-the-world thing we have going on. Eavesdropping on Lebanese coffee shop patrons will not make you safer, as evidenced by a complete and utter lack of any tangible result in its favor. It is there to lull you into a false sense of security while we continue to plunder the world.

Though it does sound like kind of a sweet job. Who wouldn’t want to get paid to sit in cafes, enjoying Lebanese food and drink, and eavesdrop on people’s silly conversations?

Mar 27

Divide and Conquer

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silver marquis via flickr

The national horror currently directed at the murder of Trayvon Martin is a reaction that our White supremacist society has when it is occasionally reflected back at us. This is what you’ve become. This is where your thoughts and actions lead. Your bad-cop fantasies don’t lead to heroics, but rather the murder of your brothers and sisters. Martin and Zimmerman are symptoms. Symptoms of a society fooled into suspecting and hating each other instead of banding together against the real criminals leading us astray.
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May 13

Prepping for the Resource Wars

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Edge of Space via flickr
Edge of Space via flickr

To deny it is to be intellectually dishonest. To not see it is to be part of it. The simple truth is that U.S. society has cultivated a disgusting racism to Arabs and a hypocritical prejudice to Islam. These blights do nothing to protect us, but rather excuses the crimes our government has committed and continues to commit in our names; it provides excuses for our imperialist campaigns; and blinds us to institutional genocide. If a better world is something you seek, you know it cannot be achieved while we are divided amongst ourselves and the real thieves of our era run free.
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Aug 27

It’s a Scary World, So Vote For the Scariest Candidate! (updated)

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1989 Presidential Inauguration, George H. W. Bush, Opening Ceremonies, at Lincoln Memorial

It’s been a little longer than my usual writing interval and I’m feeling comfortable blaming it on work being very busy and the summer heat making me feel lazy. Lately, everything I see in the news lately is about this bullshit mosque controversy and the midterm elections. I guess the campaign to keep us in line for the coming election is in full force.
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Aug 3

Like a Mosque to the Flame (updated)

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There’s a host of great reasons why the mosque being constructed near Ground Zero delights me. Despite my atheism, the construction of this holy place is really quite a great symbol for the culture of our country. Not because of some romantic idea about healing or tolerance. If we were going to pat ourselves on the back and congratulate one another over ideas like that we would only serve to increase whatever intellectual dishonesty we care to indulge ourselves in. No, there is no healing or tolerance for the individuals building this mosque and the “controversy” surrounding its construction only proves it. With conservatives doing everything but donning white gowns and burning the site (and let’s be honest, they can’t always hold back), liberals are either too afraid or racist to stand up for what’s right. Even “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency”, the Anti-Defamation League, has come out against the mosque with the cowardly rebuttal that “ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right.” Suddenly, when Arabs are involved, those “rights” become quaint.
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Jun 11

Both Our Nations Are Born of Blood

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Helen Thomas’ recent comments, however inartful they may have been, are essentially correct. The Zionist government of Israel needs to be dissolved. While the Rachel Corrie and her passengers were not killed like previous attempts to bring aid to Gaza, the aid supplies were again prevented from reaching a people that desperately need them. The crimes against humanity Zionism has been responsible for eliminate any possibility that it can or should be party to any “two-state” solution and like any reactionary, repressive, superstitious, racist ideology – it should be removed from power. That Israel’s modern origins spring from the events of the holocaust, makes the holocaust it imposes on Palestinians all the more disgraceful.
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Apparently not. I saw this on Matthew Yglesias’ blog a bit ago and didn’t immediately do anything with it as I was curious whether it would ever be widely reported. Much to my dismay it wasn’t and had it not been for Yglesias’ report on it, I unfortunately would not have seen it at all. What its lack of reporting means to us makes it all the more unfortunate.
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Apr 27

Juan Crow Buys Property in Arizona

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While conservatives said we were overreacting and helping to put America in danger, we tried to warn that Arizona’s new racist immigration bill would lead to increased racial profiling and harassment of Latinos. Unfortunately, Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed this bill into law over the weekend. However this bill, now law, only strengthens the police’s ability to discriminate and intimidate minority groups.
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Apr 22

Lemme See Your Papers! (updated)

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Arizona’s new racist immigration law targeting Latinos has so many dark historical precedents it’s hard to see how it could be proposed in our time. The “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” has until Saturday to be signed or vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and is widely viewed as the most anti-immigrant proposal in recent years. Now anyone who is or looks like an immigrant will have to carry papers declaring their status in our country at all times.
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How has this not become an unacceptable symbol in our society? How is it that people are allowed to use some bullshit excuse of “heritage” or “pride” regarding this? I’d compare it to Nazism and swastikas but that’s really lost it’s meaning with the banal, ad nauseum usage they receive and because no one needs to prove Godwin’s Law to make this point. So how is it that elected officials who are, at least in theory, supposed to represent all his or her constituents allowed to embrace such a hateful and divisive symbol?
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