25 August 2009

Matt Welch makes a most excellent commentary on the racism hysteria and that bullshit post-9/11 anti-Muslim hate

The Race War That Isn't
Media anxieties over "lynch mobs" and "brownshirts" demonstrate a telling lack of faith in contemporary America
Matt Welch August 25, 2009

Key passages:

I remember very well the last time America was gripped with panic over impending
racial violence. It was in the fall of 2001, after 19 Middle Eastern hijackers,
mostly from Saudi Arabia, pulverized the World Trade Center and ripped a gash
into the Pentagon, murdering nearly 3,000 people while trying to massacre
several times more.

. . .

But a funny thing happened on the way to the Arab-American lynching: not bloody
much
. A Sikh gas station owner was murdered in Mesa,
Arizona. A Hindu temple was firebombed in Matawan, New Jersey. Reports of
harassment and non-deadly violence briefly spiked up. Each was awful enough, but
as a tapestry of violence it fell far short of the widely predicted wave of hate
crime. Americans, derided as "hateful" bigots by the likes of Kingsolver, and
revenge-minded rubes by those with better manners, were not only opting out of
vigilante violence, they were cramming
bestseller lists
with musty old books about Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Read the whole thing from the link at the top.

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