Monday, August 23, 2010

More about the "Ground Zero Mosque." That isn't a Mosque. Or at Ground Zero.

Alternative title: How a bunch of crazy white people think black equals Muslim.

I was getting my daily dose of news and politics when I came across this amazing little gem of a video. The video isn't high quality and it is pretty hard to understand what is happening, but you can tell that people are pissed and hone in on the one black man in the crowd.

From the Maddow Blog:
An African-American man, identified on YouTube as a union carpenter who works at Ground Zero, walks through the crowd and suddenly becomes the symbol of everything Islam. He protests that he's not Muslim and that the people chanting "No mosque here" don't know anything about him. They won't let up. Eventually we get to "He must have voted for Obama" and "Mohamed's a pig."

The man seems to be a target because the mob needs a target, and anyone who looks different from them will suffice.

Youtube description:
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.
Wow. Can we get these people some jobs so they don't have time to pick random black men to attack for looking Muslimish? Or as one commentator said, "To put it a little more bluntly, the mob is white, he's not. Welcome to post-racial America." This man apparently works at ground zero for fucks sake. And I'm not one for violence, but that guy in the green shirt looked like he could have used a good punch in the face. (Also, wasn't that guy in the blue shirt, who stopped the guy in the green shirt from starting shit, freggin huge? Holy smokes.)

Then again, I am kind of sympathetic. Them damn goatees sure do make it so confusing to play "spot the Muslim!" How ever shall we find the evil terrorists amongst us now?

As usual, Charlie Brooker really gets the point of it all:
According to a recent poll, one in five Americans believes Barack Obama is a Muslim, even though he isn't. A quarter of those who believe he's a Muslim also claimed he talks about his faith too much. Americans aren't dumb. Clearly these particular Americans have either gone insane or been seriously misled. Where are they getting their information?

Sixty per cent said they learned it from the media. Which means it's time for the media to give up.

Seriously, broadcasters, journalists: just give up now. Because either you're making things worse, or no one's paying attention anyway. May as well knock back a few Jagermeisters, unplug the autocue, and just sit there dumbly repeating whichever reality-warping meme the far right wants to go viral this week. What's that? Obama is Gargamel and he's killing all the Smurfs? Sod it. Whatever. Roll titles.
Seriously, what is the point of news media if they can't actually get the facts right? I don't think that is too much to ask do you? Even I make a considerable amount of effort to make sure I'm not just spouting off. And this is a blog. That I do as a hobby. While sitting in my pajamas. I feel like such a winner right now.

You can read the rest of Brooker's post here. I had to restrain myself from reposting the entire post. The beginning is just brilliant (especially the part about the minarets flipping people off).


  1. I disagree. Americans are dumb. At least, these Americans are.

    That is such bullshit, saying the media told them Obama was Muslim. Thats complete and total crap. I watch the news every day--even Fox--and I have never heard one anchor "confirm" Obama's anything but Catholic. And even if they did, wouldn't a quick internet search (from a legit source, like the goverment-run presidential biography page) end that "confirmation"? These people just want someone to get pissy at. It's so fucking sick.

  2. The poll that reported this finding also said that people who disliked Obama were more likely to say they thought he was a Muslim so they think people are just using it as a way to bash Obama instead of actually believing it. The most shocking thing was how many people answered that they didn't know what religion Obama is though.

    Umm...didn't the media play endless stories about Obama's "racist pastor?" Can't have it both ways people.


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