VIDEO: Anti-Muslim rally at Ground Zero gets ugly. Wake up, America.

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lefthandedart | August 22, 2010

A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who's name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him. I told him that I hoped it did not ruin his day.

"I hoped it did not ruin his day."

If that didn't, nothing would have.

Wow. Just wow. Take a good long look at what is happening here. Watch as the mob mentality infects like an impending epidemic; observe as these hysterical, phobic, racist/bigoted beasts condemn a man (not to mention a whole group, an entire religion) because of an assumption they made about him based on the color of his skin.

"I wanted no trouble," he said. He got it anyway.

And what if he had been a Muslim? Why in the goddamned world is that a bad thing?

Wake up, America, take a look around, check out what you're becoming. It's like watching a slow-motion train wreck. Some of us are screaming and waving our arms, running and crying and warning people it's coming, trying to stop it, but not very effectively.

Memo to the ignorant: Muslims are not equivalent to terrorists. They are people with beliefs, just as many of you are. Most are peaceful, a few are not, just like you. But with ugliness like this, peace among fellow citizens will be more and more difficult to achieve.

UPDATE: I would like to address something. Someone on Twitter brought up the difference between racism and bigotry. I agree, of course, that there is a difference. In this case, I think they merged. Had the man in the crowd been white, would he have been harassed?

Via: Balloon Juice

H/t: _OneScholar_

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  • kimbutgar

    Ugliness plus hate mongering brought to you by the Fox hate network. This is ginned up. I am ashamed of my fellow Americans. Obviously that statue that is on the harbor means nothing now.

  • DoubleDutchPolitics

    Not selling anything Clancy. Just trying to spur debate on a topic, while also advertising my own site.

  • Clancy

    DDP posted the exact same comments over at Cesca's place in a post on the same subject. Not sure what he's selling (perhaps just his own website), but he's definitely some kind of troll.

  • Jaym

    The word you're seeking isn't yet in the dictionary, but as we all know words are created on a constant basis. English experts have been using this since ... oh, go figure: right about the beginning of Obama's campaign run!

    Someone who is bigoted due to religion is practicing "religism" and known as a "religismist".

    I'd get used to using the terms... more than half our nation is quite happily practicing religism.

  • This totally enraged me - as if anything before this incident hasn't - and it's a throwback to the days of old. No joke, this display is reminiscent of kids attempting to walk into a high school and having to be escorted by troops in 60s Arkansas.

    Thanks for sharing

  • MarkieBee

    of course now the right-wing pundiots will be saying that the guy in the blue hard hat was a liberal plant and that the crowd was just a group of like-minded patriots exercising their right to free speech in a peaceful manner, blah, blah, blah...Their BS is so tired, so old, you can smell it coming a mile before you see it.

  • DoubleDutchPolitics

    Sorry Jack, I'm struggling to see how your reply relates to my comment? Please explain why the atomic bombs or cold war have anything to do with what I said?

    In response I would simply say that the past is not prelude to the future. We are not promised survival simply because we dodged bullets in the past. 99.9% of all species on this planet are now extinct. I'd admonish humans to take this statistic seriously and have some humility.

  • We dropped two atomic bombs on a non-Christian nation. From 1945 until the mid eighties we stood toe-to-toe with a nuclear-armed atheist nation and managed to survive. I think your paranoia is getting in the way of your intellect.

  • Luci

    Sad. 🙁 Very Sad! 🙁

  • That was pretty scary. If it wasn't for that tall guy getting in the middle of it, things would have gotten violent. I could feel the crowd surging around him, closing in.

  • Absolutely pathetic! Here we are, the most intelligent life-form on earth and we so easily fall victim to irrational hatred of the other. Consider "man's best friend." My tri-color beagle takes great joy in being around other dogs without concern for their color, breed, size or any other superficial difference. We humans could take a lesson from our canine friends.

  • DoubleDutchPolitics

    This particular debate is one of the most difficult for me to decide on at this moment.

    On the one hand I am a staunch advocate of American values and sticking up for freedom of religion and understanding among people.

    On the other, I believe Islam is not a religion of peace and can sympathize with the sensitivities that many have toward a mosque being built around ground zero.

    When forced to make a decision I am on the side of allowing the mosque to be built. My reasoning stems from the notion that emotions dissipate over time, and we should not make decisions based on fear during a specific moment. In 100 years nobody will feel the same as they do now about any specific issue, but our American values must endure.

    This is a difficult conclusion for me to make because I also believe its entirely possible that the marriage of the Islamic tenants and apocalyptic weapons could be the reason we don't see another 100 years on this planet.

    Made me think of this clip from Religilous:


    http://www.doubledutchpolitics.com/

    Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

  • Slfriend79

    What is this country coming to? What a bunch of narrow minded ignorant people.

  • I wrote about this earlier today. It is so painful to watch these people who think themselves to be patriots turn on a fellow American so viciously. We teeter on the brink of complete chaos fueled by blind, ignorant hate.

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/hmbascom/writing/5621901-monsters-are-real