Islamophobia in America
Hate, by definition, is a deep and emotional extreme dislike that can be directed against individuals, entities, objects, or ideas. Hatred is often associated with feelings of anger and disposition towards hostility. Unfortunately, hatred in America is publicized, promoted, and praised upon. As if people weren’t hateful enough as to so, the mass media plays a vitals role in the [developing] minds of Americans; most dramatically in times of war or protest. I am overwhelmed with disgust when speaking on the (for lack of a better term) ludicrous …show more content…
As we [Americans] carry on taking for granted the benevolent people we have here in America, we are in essence saying that it is acceptable and “American” to racially and ethnically profile individuals. The mass media presents with conviction even when they lack proper knowledge or accredited sources. Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks, was responsible for the deaths of 78 people—69 of which were children. Now, how would the American media have responded had Breivik been a Muslim? Fortunately, we don’t have to assume. The instantaneous aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Norway, conservative Washington Post reporter, Jennifer Rubin, did this favor of making the presumption that he was a Muslim. In her reports she then used the attacks to denounce lawmakers who, in the name of deficit reduction, support “large cuts in defense” and to condemn President Obama for suggesting that we “wrap things up in Afghanistan.” In retrospect, the entire scenario could have been avoided were it the Washington Post thoroughly evaluated Ms. Rubin’s account.