Anti-Islamic sentiment =/= racist!

May 26, 2007 at 4:21 am (Blogs)

Michael did say one thing that irked me quite a bit: he said (emphasis added):

I think the fear of Muslims in America is unfounded, and racist.

How on earth is fear of Muslims or Islamophobia or whatever-you-want-to-call-it racist? Islam is not a race; Muslims do not make up a race. Muslims are South Asian, African, Europen, American, and even Oriental. I’m sorry, but calling it racist is plain wrong.

I have only heard Muslims and Islamists whine that anti-Islamic feeling is racist. If those are to whom Michael is listening, then we have lost Michael from the beginning.

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6 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    Oh fer cyrin’ out loud.

    Look around.

    All those Muslims in your home town are brown. They act perfectly normal, but that’s why they are scarier than your local Mormons.

  2. Muslihoon said,

    Actually, at the mosque nearest our home, about 75% of the congregation is white: they’re Bosnians. 😉

  3. Wickedpinto said,

    racism is so ubiquitous that it is understandable to use it as a replacement for “bigoted.” And I don’t know about bosnians, but there is a distinct patina to serbians.

  4. Michael said,

    Just for clarity, the “unfounded fear” to which I referred relates only to Muslims in America, not elsewhere where violent Islam is indeed worthy of fear.

    And the fear is indeed racially specific — people fear American Muslims that look like Arabs. I don’t think anybody is worried about suicide bombers coming from the black American Muslims, Malaysian American Muslims, Somali American Muslims (big group of them in my home town) or, as you point out, Bosnian American Muslims.

  5. geoff said,

    And the fear is indeed racially specific — people fear American Muslims that look like Arabs.

    Naw – we’re suspicious of all Muslims. It’s just that the Arab-Muslim correlation works pretty well, so we can identify the Arab Muslims with reasonable reliability.

  6. Bob said,

    I don’t see any thing racist about wanting to be free of people that state that killing infidels is acceptable and then go out and do it. As soon as Buddists, Hindus, Christians or any other group starts doing it, they will be lumped in with Muslims. Fear is not my reation, elimination of the treat is.

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