I should be baking cookies, but instead I’m posting quotes from an article..
Muslim. American. Hijabi. Student. 20-something years old.Ask me anything
… the US administration has solidified a dichotomous view of the world by intimating that the world can be divided into good or evil, without nuances or in-betweens. Since the US administration has asserted our goodness, then, by definition, whomever we clash with must necessarily be evil.4 This is all the more so when we adopt paradigms such as the axis of evil or rhetorical concepts such as “rogue states”. Such terms run counter to the idea of specific and individual liability and fault, and significantly contribute to the idea of collective and generalisable fault. Effectively, what this type of language connotes is that there are bad nations of people, and not just guilty individuals. Again, at the symbolic and emotive level, this type of language contributes to an environment in which bigotry and prejudice thrive. At the heart of bigotry and prejudice is the willingness to generalise about a people and to consider these generalisations incontrovertible and unassailable. When our leadership presumes itself capable of generalising about whole nations, branding them as evil, we set a normative example that supports the creation of binary categories and, in short, the flourishing of hate literature of the type we have witnessed recently.
When women got the right to vote is when it all went downhill because that’s when votes started being cast with emotion and maternal instincts that government ought to reflect. Rush Limbaugh 7/3/12
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