Thursday, December 24, 2009

What about Islamophobia and other Prejudices?

Update: I have changed the title of this post to reflect better what it is about.

I have received a couple of complaints on the Huffington Post from hemara about why we don't cover anti-Muslim and anti-Arab racism in this blog. I feel that this is a legitimate concern, as part of our message is standing against hate, of which anti-Muslim bigotry would certainly qualify. I will address this question in this post, since when I responded to him on the thread it was censored.

The Huffington Post is saturated with anti-Semitism, to the point where many different news organizations have noticed it. In recent months it has improved (in my humble opinion) but comments that would not be tolerated on any other news site, with the possible exception of the Guardian, are commonplace. The Huffington Post has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism many times, and never of promoting anti-Islam or anti-Muslim hatred.

That being said, I have definitely noticed comments that are racially charged against Arabs and against Muslims. The pro-Israel commentator jordanispalestine springs to mind as one individual who's comments often toe the line. However, the difference is that comments like "Israel controls the US" or "Israel is a terrorist state" are praised and met with resounding cries of "Agreed!" and "here here!" Comments like "Muslims are terrorists" are denounced as the bigotry that they are. This indicates a very different mindset present among the HP community at large.

Most importantly, Matt and I are only human. We have lives beyond working on this project and we still cannot catch all of the anti-Israel hatred and anti-Semitism that is written on the Huffington Post on an almost daily basis. However, if a reader or anyone else would like to contribute to the blog and write articles about anti-Muslim or anti-Arab hatred, please send us an email at the address in the sidebar. Fighting hate is not an easy job, and we could always use some help. Hemara, if you are serious about fighting hatred, time to put your money where your mouth is.

1 comment:

  1. Oleg1

    Every M-lim( fundie has the right to be ignorant , but you’re abusing the privilege!