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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
I think some people here are actually terrified of people showing real emotion so they poo-poo it, say it's "acting", etc. Anything to avoid it.
No, those weren't real tears. Or real people.
I am sorry some of you feel that way, or in this case don't feel anything.
Have you no sympathy for people being discriminated against or do you agree with the clerk that all Muslims are terrorists somehow?
The woman does not hide her face so making KKK analogies won't stick. Wearing a scarf now makes you a Muslim? My wife wears scarves that way all the time!
I hope that if any of us ever encounter such a situation in real life that we would stick up for the rights of the person being discriminated against. To simply tell the cashier to Eff off doesn't help. To rationally talk to the cashier might get him to change his mind and open his heart a little. Some people did, and those people I am proud of.
Don't be so cynical as to think that this doesn't reflect real life. Sometimes TV does actually portray reality.
I can remember a great deal of mindless hostility towards Arabic people and Muslims not only right after 9/11 but also during the Iran hostage crisis. Japanese-Americans during WW2 were treated even worse, if you don't know the story please look it up.
If we will not stand up for our fellow citizens who will we stand up for? Who will stand up for you or me?
Safeguarding our rights and freedoms is OUR responsibility, not the Governments'.
Am I proud to be an American? No, Am I proud of American Ideals? Yes.
Star and flag. If our rights aren't important then nothing else is. thanks KarlG
[edit on 28-8-2010 by Asktheanimals]
Originally posted by ownbestenemy
reply to post by Esoteric Teacher
Excellent point in regards to attire Esoteric. I was going to call you ET, but eh....
I have had a similar argument with a friend of mine not to terribly long ago. The premise was the difference between bigotry and racism. I argued and still argue that Americans, along with the ratings hungry news (blame the ratings system for the 'news' we have today by the by...) to take such a powerful word and knock it down to the misnomer it is today.
The scenario I presented to my friend was the following:
You are at an ATM machine and its around dusk. Lighting is tricky at that time of hour. As you are using the ATM, you catch out of the corner of your eye someone just walking down the street. Their attire is very baggy pants that are hanging around their rear, a 'hoodie' sweatshirt and they have the hood pulled over their head. You can clearly see that the person is black. Now: Are you being a racist for allowing your mind to begin to formulate the possible outcomes of the situation? Or are you being discerning by using judgement and judging the person as a threat?
Would your thinking be different if it was a white person? Would it matter? The thought exercise was to show that we, as people and humans will judge someone based a lot on attire and stereotypes, but that does not make us racist, just merely bigots. It is what allows us to fight or flight in a situation, but the media wants you to believe you are a full fledge racist: In that matter, meaning you believe you are superior to that person walking down the street that you have deemed in your mind a threat to the situation at hand....silly
Sorry for the rambling