The Clash of Ignorance
Is it the airplane thing that makes people crazy or is it that Arabic thing? Read this.
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Apparently if you speak in Arabic on an airplane you're considered a terrorist, check the interview with Raed Jarrar here. The interview points out to other examples of these sad occurances of discrimination against Arabs (Arab looking or speaking people)/Islam (any dark man with a beard).
"How finally inadequate are the labels, generalizations and cultural assertions. At some level, for instance, primitive passions and sophisticated know-how converge in ways that give the lie to a fortified boundary not only between "West" and "Islam" but also between past and present, us and them, to say nothing of the very concepts of identity and nationality about which there is unending disagreement and debate. A unilateral decision made to draw lines in the sand, to undertake crusades, to oppose their evil with our good, to extirpate terrorism and, in Paul Wolfowitz's nihilistic vocabulary, to end nations entirely, doesn't make the supposed entities any easier to see; rather, it speaks to how much simpler it is to make bellicose statements for the purpose of mobilizing collective passions than to reflect, examine, sort out what it is we are dealing with in reality, the interconnectedness of innumerable lives, "ours" as well as "theirs."
- Edward Said.