posted on May, 12 2010 @ 07:55 AM
Three things to consider here:
1) Question as stated in the title: Are people more racist in that they'll view "Arabs" and "Muslim-Americans" in a bad light? Is there still
blanket prejudice against mosques and Muslims just because of the recent actions of some extremists?
2) Is America MORE or LESS racist compared to previous decades? Since the proliferation of Internet, alternative views and exposure to other
3) What do you think of immigration? Do you think it helps or worsens America's standing in the world? Do you think it exposes America to danger? Are
you for or against the tightening of immigration laws, like, in Arizona, and what is your personal take on immigrants?
My responses to my own questions:
1) I would say, YES.
People actively take efforts to shun men wearing turbans. They give weird looks to dark-skinned men with beards. It's horrible but it's true. I'm
seeing this happen around me. Two men wearing Muslim robes walk into a coffee shop and people get up to leave or to change seats.
2) I would say, LESS.
I am Asian-American myself, and I think it's amazing that previous Asian cultural and religious products like sarongs, Buddhism and pop songs are
making their way into American mainstream. I find it a good showing for America, that it's improving America's standing as a global powerhouse.
After all, NO other country in the world can boast a cultural diversity as America's. Diversity is there, HOWEVER, some racist ideas need to be
3) Immigration is good for the economy, historically, it lowers wage rates and improves productivity, allowing for companies to hire more for less,
and to have greater output and economic growth for lowered costs.
At the same time, it allows for a diversification of American culture. When we think American culture, we think fast food, we think Hollywood, but
now, we also think of a melting pot of cultures, of views, of New York City.
I think airport rules and certain immigrant laws like background checks should be in place, but they should be open to waiver IF and ONLY if incoming
immigrants can prove their loyalty to America. After all, the NYC almost-bomber was a naturalized US citizen, and look what happened.
I also believe that blatant, unrefined BLUDGEONS of laws like the ones imposed by AZ's governor are completely unfounded and insulting. It is a
blanket assumption that all Mexicans crossing the border will dredge AZ's economy, and that is terribly untrue.
Anyway, I'm also proud of the increased appearances of Asians in the media, from Secretaries Steven Chu and Eric Shinseki to Lucy Liu, John Cho and
Thoughts and comments please!
[edit on 12-5-2010 by KarlG]