I know it’s Melissa Harris-Perry and very few people care what she thinks … but she thinks a lot of things that a lot of other people think. Things that are wrong-headed. And our President is one of them. So it’s relevant. Here she’s talking about the picture of one of the “suspects” in the San Bernadino shooting.
“Also, right next to it [is] an image of the shooting suspect there in an hijab,” Harris-Perry said. “And the idea that, okay, this is what terrorism looks like, I…for me, that is a difference, and it is a material and meaningful difference in how we…so on the one hand again, I want to be able to talk about what the thing is that is terrorism. On the other hand, I have to reflect that this happens only for specific communities.”
This is what denial looks like. You’ve convinced yourself that it can’t possibly have anything to do with the religion itself, and therefore any recognizable fact that might point to it must be questioned past the point of marginalization even though you know it’s staring you right in the face, day after day. This is the woman who did it, this is what she looks like, and, in fact, there are no publicly available pictures of her not in a hijab. If it was a Muslim who saved someone’s life, would it be wrong to show her in a hajib if that’s what she wears? Or are we just going to post generic clipart pictures like the weird cyclops Windows 10 person icon — with news stories with the caption “abstracted depiction of suspect” so nobody gets the “wrong” idea?
Reflect, for a bit, on why “this happens only for specific communities” … and even that is a form of denial. It is one specific community. And that community is the Islamic community. The numbers blow all other causes out of the water. So you bend over backward to relate it in any other way to other violent acts so that you can specifically factor religion out of it so you can retain your worldview. God forbid you alter your worldview to fit the facts. And here’s why.
If you believe in your heart that all religions are equal, you simply cannot answer the question “why is terrorism so disproportionately prevelant in Islam?” You have to go to other explanations, like poverty, oppression, or “climate change”(!?).
Only poverty, oppression, and “climate change” affect people of all religions, and somehow we don’t see people from those other religions killing innocent people (never mind explicitly in the name of their religion) in anything remotely in the same ballpark (or “sport”, for that matter) to the numbers we see out of the Islamic population.
If you admit that one religion can produce a better society than another, you also have to admit that a religion might also produce a better society than one that has none. Or claims to have none. Because we *all* have belief systems, atheist, agnostic, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist … Ba’hai …
And then you’d have to have a serious discussion about it. But political correctness isn’t about talking about things. It’s about avoiding things.Loading Likes...