The other day, I was having an argument with a conservative friend of mine about whether or not there is racism directed toward Obama. In order to prove my point, I showed him a couple of the images below that were displayed during the 2012 election with Mitt Romney.
After showing my friend these images, he gave me the exasperated response I was almost certain he would: “well not all white people think like that.” While he is right, there is a whole lot of hypocrisy hidden in that statement. This same friend of mine “isn’t quite convinced” that Islam is a peaceful religion.
This exposes a contradiction that we have discussed in class this year; white people are allowed all sorts of flexibility while people of color are all too often defined rigidly. To expand, a white person can publish incredibly racist images of the leader of the free world, but not all white people are racist. However, when one member of a religion of 1 billion plus acts according to their perverse interpretation of Islam, every Muslim is dangerous.
And you know how the rest of the argument went: what I said was “ridiculous” with no real explanation of why. I wonder when it won’t be ridiculous.
- Lee Owen