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“Many Americans honestly believe that Muslims are prone to violence, but humans are too complicated and diverse to lump into groups that we form invidious conclusions about. We’ve mostly learned that about blacks, Jews and other groups that suffered historic discrimination, but it’s still O.K. to make sweeping statements about “Muslims” as an undifferentiated mass.”
Americans have discriminated against Muslims in similar ways as they had against Native Americans, Blacks, Jews, and other ethnic groups. But the scale, or perhaps the ‘macro-political’ implications of discriminating against people who belong to one of the biggest and fast-growing religions in the world makes it unique from the others.
Kristof says Americans are discriminating a minority in Muslim Americans, which is true. But Islam as a religion has grown to be one of the most powerful political and ethnic entities we have ever seen. Muslims control (or live on) most of the world’s current oil reserves, and with the Israeli-Palestinian talks revamping, Middle Eastern politics have once again taken center stage in international affairs. When some Americans speak polemically against Muslims, they are basically offending one of the most powerful religious / ethnic groups in the world. Sadly, almost none of the people doing the offending are aware of this fact.
Only the ignorant deal in absolutes and extremes. The more power the ignorant gets to wield, the more dangerous the world becomes. We need to educate people on arguably the most important character trait known to man, tolerance.