posted on Mar, 24 2007 @ 05:53 PM
I had a conversation with a complete stranger last night, and I was blown away by what was said in less than five minutes between her and I. This
conversation has sparked this thread, and I would like to open the floor up to members who've had similiar experiences with people they know,
complete strangers, or even a story they've heard. The people who are so ignorant, that it is literally spewing out of their ears.
When we arrived last night, the place was fairly packed. Not too much seating room, but we found a large table which only had two people sitting at
it. I politely asked if they minded if we sat on the outside of the table, and they politely offered the seats. So we all sat down and talked
amongst ourselves. I'm not really sure what was said to spark everything, but it was something race related. Her response to the statement was, "I
don't have a problem with them, but them god damn Muslims disgust me! They all look alike, and none of them are any good!" Now, she came across
initially as this little, sweet lady who would never hurt a fly. In moments that followed that statement, I was amazed that she would actually say
something like that. We all have thoughts and feelings, some of which we do not express. But to say something so derogatory, outloud, in a public
setting, with four complete strangers sitting next to you, I just could not get over it. My girlfriend looked at me immediately, and knew that I was
going to address this statement.
I looked at her for a moment and then responded with a polite, "Excuse me?" She was adament. None of them were any good and they all look alike.
To which I responded with, "You can not blame all Muslims for the actions of a few". This caught her off guard I believe, because I think she was
naive enough to believe that everyone supported this absurd statement. I continued with a few statements about judging people on benign details, how
it is not fair to the individual whom may be a great person, etc. Then I used personal references of her to further my point. Saying how
inappropriate it would be for someone to hate her because she was white, because she was a woman, or because of her religion.
She agreed, and said she agreed with much of what I said. But then said, "I don't really give a . because none of them are any good anyways! I
just hate them, thats all!"
This ignorance just floored me. I know racists exist, and I've heard statements that I would of rather not heard. But to have a complete stranger
be so adament against a specific population, I could not believe it. She honestly had a genuine hate for all Muslims, and did little to hide it.
How can someone be so Blatantly Ignorant?
I mean, how absurd is this? On one hand I grit my teeth endlessly, but on the other I sympathize with them as I can not possibly comprehend their
mindset. I guess to understand why they are, the way they are, you would first need to understand why they think like that.
Has any one else had a similiar experience? Where a complete stranger just opened the flood gates and poured our her hatred? Coming from a
relatively small town, things like this do not happen to me on a daily basis. I guess living in a large city, this is something that you would see on
a regular basis and be desensitized. I don't know any Muslims, I've never met a Muslim individual, and I probably won't in the immediate future.
This issue is not restricted to Muslims, but this short exchange last night has left an impact on me.
It is an eye opening experience for me personally when I meet someone who thinks like this. Even though we are inundated with it on the television
every day, experiencing it personally is a whole different experience.
So I ask our members if they have had similiar experiences. Or even just your thoughts on this.
Are these people a victim of their own hatred? Is ignorance a disease that has consumed them? I'm having a tough time being able to empathize with
them, and understand how someone could possibly think like that.