Monday, September 29, 2008
Obsession: The Politics of God Fearing Americans
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
I didn't hear about it until yesterday, via an LJ friend. Why is this not news? Do you think that if anyone, not to mention some kind of Muslim fundamentalists, gassed a Baptist Church's nursery in the middle of prayers, it wouldn't be huge news?
I received a copy of Obsession (two, actually, one for me and one for Rob), but I haven't watched it. I'm sure I can imagine the content pretty well. This kind of hate mongering and violence comes out of fear. I can only speculate that, if Obama is elected, if we return to a working majority in congress, and the appearance of the government is more "liberal" (even if it's not) this will get worse and sadly, the last eightish years of propaganda and hate mongering and xenophobia and anti-islamic rhetoric will probably make the targets folks like these. They will do anything to bully us all into submission and scare people away from practicing their rights.
I just don't know how this country can survive, but I guess we will see.
All those families and those touched by this horrible event are in my thoughts and I can only hope for some kind of justice.