Bigotry vs. Black Lives, Muslims, Immigrants
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/01/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21305
Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates use hate and fear of these "others." Could this strategy win the 2016 presidency?
The shooting death of 14 people in San Bernardino, California illustrates the problem. At first, before the shooters were known, a discussion about guns and mental illness occurred in the media since many thought the shooters might be white. But once it became clear that the two shooters were husband and wife with Muslim names, the focus immediately turned.
The New York Post displayed the hypocrisy with brutal clarity, changing its front page headline from "Murder Mission" to "Muslim Killers" within hours of learning the identity of the shooters.
All Muslims (Shia, Sunni, nonbeliever, secularist or atheist) are challenged by the mainstream media to speak out. When a white Christian male murdered three people, targeting a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, the New York Post did not put "Christian killer" on its front page.
Muslims had already been targeted around the issue of admitting a small number of Syrian refugees. Now conservative and anti-Muslim demagogues are whipping up a "war on radical Islam" to justify targeting U.S-born Muslim citizens too. Any person with an Islamic name now faces possible physical attack.