The impact of the Paris attacks has created a predictable backlash against Muslims in the United States.
The rhetoric of the Republican candidates has created a pretty dangerous climate for Muslims in the country.
The top three contenders for the GOP, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Dr. Ben Carson have each consigned controversial policies for dealing with Muslims, national security and the Syrian refugee crisis.
Their bright ideas include databases and surveillance of Muslims, and a clampdown on the borders. Donald Trump and his like-minded cronies can be intimidating, but beneath the tough talk lies a bunch of scary little bitches.
That is the only thing that could be driving such extreme prejudice and ignorance according to an opinion piece written by Kayla McCormick for The Daily Athenaeum that Ben Carson, in particular, might disagree with.
“The theory of evolution argues these fears come from a survival instinct – to fear the unknown because the unknown could potentially be one wild beast or another ready to kill one of our unsuspecting ancestors. However, we have evolved since then, and this reactionary fear is no longer necessary or useful. Because of this, I propose we resign the ignorance-based hatred felt in the world today.”
Maybe this approach can help calm the real panic has gripped a certain segment of the population in the U.S. This, despite the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the United States are carried out by white male teenagers.
However, in the past month, there has been a spike in real hate crimes against Muslims, while mosques have been vandalized around the country.
In Connecticut, the FBI is investigating an incident in which gunman shot up at mosque while people were inside praying. Moreover, in Irving, Texas, a group of idiots thought it was a good idea to protest in front of a mosque armed with their guns.
That does not matter to Donald Trump or the other Republican front-runners, who have doubled down on their controversial statements as the hunt for the terrorists continues. As long as ISIS continues to commit its barbaric acts and then use social media to spread its messages of violence, intolerance, and religious extremism, people will be afraid.
It is scary stuff.
But using the same rhetoric as terrorists to stereotype an entire population of people, is very irresponsible. Maybe there’s a teachable moment in all of this, according to McCormick.
“I believe being afraid can be viewed as an opportunity. Most of the time, fear is based in a lack of understanding, and not understanding something yields the chance to grow and gain a new, broadened perspective of the world,” McCormick said.