Thursday, October 28, 2010

Muslim people. Wearing clothes.

Juan Williams gets nervous when he sees people on an airplane wearing "Muslim garb".

If you do, too, here is a handy blog that posts pictures of Muslim people wearing things.

Forewarned is forearmed. You're welcome.

ronnie

6 Comments:

Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

Perfect! Must share!

8:37 PM  
Blogger Carl said...

Ronnie, have you seen the whole Juan Williams video clip? He was using the "get nervous" thing to lead up to an anti-bigotry message. NPR-hating blogs cut it off and lazy reporters like the one you linked to didn't bother doing any research. It's highly comparable to the Shirley Sherrod idiocy.

Excellent On the Media coverage here:
http://www.onthemedia.org/episodes/2010/10/22/segments/158328?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=%24{feed}&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+%24{otm}+%28%24{On+the+Media}%29

8:10 AM  
Blogger Dann said...

Got to agree with Carl. I thought Mr. Williams' spoke very well to the subject of letting rational concern regarding extremist Islamic Jihadism cause irrational reactions against non-extremist, non-Jihadist Muslims.

When read in context, his comments were fair minded and well intentioned.

Regards,
Dann

11:52 AM  
Blogger ronnie said...

Carl, Dann, I don't disagree that Williams was addressing a reality that concerned him. (As Mike pointed out in his excellent blog post, the remarks weren't really what got him fired - and NPR screwed up by using it as an excuse.) Yes, I've seen the whole clip, and that it's a Shirley Sherrod situation is undeniable. I linked to the story because it was the first one I could find that quoted Williams' Muslim comments - and I agree a lot of reporters got it wrong.

All that aside, the point the blog is making is that there are so many varieties of "Muslim garb" that anyone who is nervous about flying with Muslims can't possibly hope to spot them all. We in the West are building up dangerous stereotypes about "what Muslims look like", and it's not helping the situation at all.

It's pointless, and those who have such "concerns" would be well served to just forget it.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Dann said...

ronnie,

IMO, the point of those saying "being concerned about Muslim garb is useless" was not about appearances but has really been to advocate that we shouldn't look at Muslims at all. They seem to be suggesting that just because anyone can undertake terrorist action that we should therefore view everyone with equal suspicion.

I disagree.

Regards,
Dann

12:01 PM  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

everyone is better dressed than i am.

9:16 PM  

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