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October 12, 2008

Arab is Not a Synonym for Terrorist

John McCain had to take the microphone away from a woman at his townhall event on Friday after she made this comment about Senator Barack Obama:

"I can't trust Obama. I have read about him, and he's not, he's not...he's an Arab."

McCain's response: "No ma'am, no ma'am. He's a decent family man and citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about. He's not. Thank you."

Yes ma'am, thank you so much for your ignorant, racist, hateful, ridiculous statement that has added so much to our political discourse. McCain gets maybe half a point for finally trying to put a stop to some of the insanity coming from some of the people attending his rallies. But his choice of words essentially plays into the same stereotypes and ignorance as the comment that he was responding to, because he implies that "Arab" and "decent family man" are mutually exclusive categories. Guess he's not counting on the Arab-American vote.

Rachel Maddow, take me away to the land of truth and sanity:

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1 comment:

Dollface said...

So much bullshit going on lately in the election. I wrote a post about racism towards Obama, but I keep seeing new incidences of it. Might be time for part 2 of that post...

Thanks for the post.