Monday, September 29, 2008

Obsession: The Politics of God Fearing Americans

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If that image isn't inflammatory enough read what Huff Po has to say about this propaganda film, that was distributed by 70 newspapers in swing states. It was meant to construct Muslims as the enemy of every true God fearing American.

The politics of hate leads to acts of violence. According to the Dayton Daily news, on Friday September 26th someone sprayed a noxious irritant into a mosque.  The room that was attacked was occupied by children, who were under care while their mothers participated in Ramadan prayers.  

Really who are the "terrorists" here?  How is it possible in a country that supposedly champions freedoms, Americans can be attacked at their place of worship?  What have innocent children ever done to deserve this kind of treatment?

There is no doubt in my mind that Obsession incited this act of violence.  This binary of Muslim vs Americans assumes that all people who practice Islam are anti-American, and further discounts the fact that there are Muslim Americans who have lived in the states for generations. Of course they want you to believe that all "Americans" are just good white people defending their home from the Allah worshipping invaders.

Movies like this are meant to prey upon the rampant Islamophobia that exists in the U.S, and promote a culture of racism and violence.  Not only are these attacks terrible, it is  further shameful that they were distributed by the press.  The idea that media exists as as an unbiased source of information is a falsehood.  Daily they pander to the worst elements in American society perpetuating social constructions that construct certain groups as 'other'.

I am simply at a loss for words to express my anger, that once again racism is being used as justification to attack segments of society.  This attack is very reminiscent of the bombing that occurred during the civil rights movement that resulted in the death of 4 young girls.  Ultimately if you believe in the concept of a free and open society such an attack should be considered unthinkable.  So much for the concept of an enlightened West.

H/T eternal-llama and the Daily KOS


6 comments:

tiggrrl said...

I read about this on Daily Kos this morning, and I will be posting about it on the CA NOW blog, because this attack is just so horrible. Like you, I do not know if I can find words to express how angry and sad this makes me.

Lisa Harney said...

And the MSM hasn't touched this. Imagine if the attack had been on a Christian church attended primarily by white people.

The Link Back Project said...

This war goes back to Issac & Ishmael. It isn't going to solved anytime soon, and this propaganda is only going to serve to fuel it... I guess humans just can't stop running at the mouth over anything nowadays!

mzbitca said...

The worst is that if you tried to show this to someone who is racist or buys into the belief that all Muslims are dangerous they aways say that these people aren't respresentative of Christians. But these same people won't listen when you respond that they take extremists and generalize to all Muslims.
People are more likely to view the groupo they identify with as more diverse and other groups as much more homogenous. It's not right but unfortunately it's true.

eternal-llama said...

Thanks, Renee, for writing about this.

WATCH US EXPLODE said...

This is suspicious and unsettling to me.

That the DVD happened to be distributed mostly in presidential-election swing states is telling.

It's clear to me who is responsible for this and what the intent here is.

The fear campaign continues...