There’s an old Arab quote that roughly translates to “Don’t tell me about a man, tell me about his friends.” i.e, you are the company you keep. In spite of the present efforts for a recount in certain key states, we are still very much bracing for a Trump presidency, and perhaps worse yet, a Trump cabinet. Let’s get to meet our new fascist overlords:
Ambassador to the United Nations: Nikki Haley
Born to Sikh Indian parents, Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley earned acclaim for her decision to remove the Confederate flag from state grounds. While maintaining a number of hardline positions- especially in terms of immigration- Haley again made headlines with her early criticism of then-candidate Trump. Criticism that earned her calls to be deported.
Deported to exactly where remains a mystery, as Haley was born in America. But as plenty of Trump supporters imagine America to be an inherently white country, they showed no qualms about reminding Haley (and people of color) that their presence in this nation is merely tolerated…
Image retrieved via Policy.Mic
Which makes Trump’s decision to offer her UN ambassadorship surprising, and Haley’s acceptance even more so. But perhaps that’s just to show how much the Republican party has chugged the Kool-Aid. A woman who, simply because of her first name and her skin tone, received calls for her “deportation” is now the international face of the same “siren call of the angriest voices.” Certainly it’s a chilling picture of what’s to come, and enough to silence anyone claiming that the house and senate will somehow act as a counterbalance to Trump’s Fourth Reich. Continue reading
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Tagged Alt-Right, Attorney General, Betsy DeVos, bigotry, Black Sites, Breitbart, Cheif of Staff, CIA Director, Deport, deportation, Donald Trump, Islamophobia, Jeff Sessions, KKK, Michael Flynn, Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor, Nikki Haley, race, racism, Reince Priebus, Secretary of Education, South Carolina, Steve Bannon, torture, UN Ambassador, weed, Xenophobia
France has long held a ban on overt expressions of religion in public, being one of the first European countries to have banned full face covering in public in 2010. While similar laws have gained traction in neighboring countries, following the tragic Bastille Day massacre in Cannes a number of French coastal towns have passed ordinances banning the “burkini”, a swimsuit for conservative Muslim women.
No, not that one. That’s a wet suit.
No, that’s also a wet suit.
There we go.
But I’m guessing you can see the problem already. Continue reading
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Tagged Bastille Day, burka, Burkini, Cannes, Culture, Egality, feminism, France, Fraternity, Hijab, Laicite, Liberty, modesty, nice, niqab, religious freedom, saudi arabia, Secualarism, Wetsuit
In 2014, I became familiar with the career of one Mr. Don Lemon, a young, charismatic news anchor over at CNN. I say “news anchor” because that’s what they call him. I assume the more accurate title of “Shameless Propagator of Tabloid Drivel Making A Mockery of Journalism” wouldn’t fit on the business cards.
Yeah, I’m not a fan.
In fact I went so far as to dub Lemon “one of the most destructive forces in culture.” A harsh accusation, but I’d argue not an unfair one. And so I try to keep tabs on the guy, hoping against hope that a Google search of his name will not result in some fresh wave of misinformation, Islamophobia, and general fearmongering nonsense. So is this our lucky year?
I’m afraid not.
Here’s what the country’s lousiest news anchor has been up to since we last checked in:
Asking A Muslim Lawyer If He “Supports ISIS”
By Muslim lawyer, I mean Arsalan Iftikhar, esteemed human rights lawyer, adjunct professor at DuPaul, and internationally recognized author and intellectual. And no, Lemon did not ask Iftikhar that question to establish for the audience that Muslims don’t automatically support terror. You can see the pained shock on Iftikhar’s face and the obliviousness on Lemon’s. And to be clear here, Lemon’s exact words were:
“Do you support ISIS?”
That was it.
No set-up, no context, no follow-up. Just an insulting question that was (if intentional) designed to rile up Iftikhar or (if unintentional) so blithely dumb that it could have come from-
-well, the likes of Don Lemon.
That said, baiting Muslim guests for for ratings is par for the course where Lemon is concerned, but the blatancy here seems just plain painful. I shouldn’t have to explain that one might ask with equal legitimacy if Don Lemon supports the Crips on the basis of his race, or if he supports the LRA on the basis of his religion.
But asking for a bit of incisiveness from news anchors is clearly demanding too much. Continue reading
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Tagged anchor, Arsalan Iftikhar, Bernie Sanders, bigotry, Black Lives Matter, BLM, cnn, Crips, David Clarke, DNC, Don Lemon, ISIS, Islam, journalism, LRA, Melina Abdullah, Muslim, news, police, race, racism, respectability politics
Past weeks have seen the internet come to blows over pictures from a women’s volleyball game between Germany and Egypt. This picture:
Now where most sane folks would see a simple game of beach volleyball, the denizens of the interwebs have managed to read in some fantasy about a clash of cultures- “the free and civilized West against the superstitious, primitive savages of the East.” Comment sections have been flooded with everything from sarcastic half-jokes…
…to open propaganda.
“Because I, from the comfort of my armchair, know this athlete’s situation better than she does.” -Idiot Commentor
There’s been snide comment after comment directed not at Doaa Elghobashy’s performance in the game, not towards her assertion that what she wears is her own damn business, not towards her teammate (Nada Meawad) who doesn’t wear a hijab…
And I think it’s because people aren’t actually angry about any of that.
For all the sanctimony, the issue at hand seems not to be with mandates or even just pressure to wear the hijab. It has nothing to do with standing up for women- on the contrary. I do think that the extreme contrast between Elghobashy and her German counterparts hit a nerve that most people didn’t realize they had. I think it does forced folks to ask themselves some truly uncomfortable questions about why they actually watch the sport.
I’m talking about this:
Now I seriously debated putting that picture up, but as cringingly uncomfortable as it is, I think it speaks volumes about our culture. Continue reading
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Tagged bigotry, burka, cosmo, Doaa Elghobashy, East, Egypt, germany, Habiba Ghribi, Hijab, Ibtihaj Muhammad, modesty, Nada Meawad, niqab, objectification, Olympics, racism, rio, sexism, sports, Syria, Uniform, Volleyball, west, women
This week’s post won’t be a long one. After all, there’s not much to say that we (and a thousand others) haven’t said already.
It’s been another day, another senseless and tragic attack.
Another wave of people sending their “thoughts and prayers”, another wave of people mocking the ease and meaninglessness of profile filters.
Another reaction of people pointing out our own hypocrisy as attacks twice as deadly (though no more or less terrible) go without mention in Africa, Asia, South America.
And nothing we’re going to do in the next days and weeks will change what’s already happened. The only thing we can do is decide how to react, and readers, please don’t react like serial philanderer and defender of “traditional marriage” Newt Gingrich.
You’d think a guy who does this would be more thrilled about the prospect of a fundamentalist Islamic theocracy…
His reaction to last week’s appalling attack in Nice has been to propose- I kid you not- a “Sharia test”, in which all Muslim Americans would be tested to see if they support fundamentalist Islamic law. Any that did would be promptly deported, Gingrich says.
Now some of you might be saying, “But Gordon, you stalwart vassal of decency and dignity, is that really so absurd? Gingrich himself stated that he doesn’t have problem with moderate Muslims and that he’s even “glad to have them as citizens.” And you support the complete separation of church and state, so wouldn’t you be cool with this?”
No, and I’ll tell you why.
Answer me this- what’s a “Muslim?”
It’s someone who believes in Islam, right?
Posted in America, government, Islam, morality, news, politics, religion
Tagged bigotry, Christian, Deport, deportation, Hijab, Islam, Islamophobia, jewish, Muslim, Muslims, Newt Gingrich, nice, Nice attack, religion, religious, Sharia, Sharia Law, Test
Well folks, it happened. In a move that continues to shock the world, Britain has dramatically voted to leave the European Union.
And make no mistake readers- the Brexit is the worst thing that has ever happened. Or the best thing. Or…
For all the outrage, jubilation, and wild speculation, the reality of the situation is that most folks have been caught off guard by this decision- and probably none moreso than folks on this side of the Atlantic.
Plenty of conservatives- including potential American president Donald Trump- have applauded the Brexit, claiming it to be a victory for small government, autonomy, and “making Britain great again.”
Which is something that should probably concern the rest of the world…
On the other hand, liberals have been howling that the Brexit represents a secession not simply from Europe but from progressive values, freedom of movement, and a commitment to peace and unity in general.
With all that noise, dear readers, it can be tough to hear the truth.
And unfortunately, we don’t have it either. The reality is that this is an absurdly complicated issue with far-reaching implications and plenty of ramifications that we can only guess at. So rather than add to the din, we here at Culture War Reporters have gathered the most pertinent issues for your own consideration. Continue reading
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Tagged Brexit, Britain, Catalonia, democracy, EDL, elitist, England, english, EU, European Union, Geert Wilders, ireland, Islamophobia, Jingoist, Marine Le Pen, Nationalism, nationalist, Negatives, northern ireland, Positives, racist, Referendum, Schegen, scotland, Seccession, Sicily, Trump, UK, wales, Xenophobic