In a single tweet, one man beautifully destroys the hypocrisy of Anti-Muslim bigotry
Posted by Akhi Soufyan
By: Sophie Kleeman
In July 2013, Ryan Carr tweeted what he thought was a “funny joke” and then probably forgot about it.
One year later, Asishpal Singh stepped in.
His comeback, posted on Tuesday, quickly went viral and for good reason: It’s brilliant.
Not only did he respond flawlessly to an utterly stupid case of blatant bigotry and misplaced paranoia, he also did so in just 126 characters. You can write an opus fighting against prejudice and racism but, as Singh proved, sometimes the most effective comebacks are the snappiest.
The first problem: As Vox pointed out, turbans are predominantly worn by Sikhs. Sikhism is an independent religion with no association to Islam or the Arab world, though those were undoubtedly the groups Carr was referencing. His tweet was so racist that it even conflated different races. (This doesn’t mean that Muslim or Arab people are justifiable targets, only that Carr’s understanding of these religions and ethnicities was factually incorrect on top of being racist in itself.)
Truth in comedy. Singh cleverly and clearly made an excellent point: Even though these elementary schools, movie theaters and white men are often associated with mass shootings, we’re not constantly walking around afraid of them, let alone making bad jokes about them.
Shootings have occurred much more frequently on American soil than Islamic-led terrorist attacks. According to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the average number of mass shootings has tripled since 2008 — 207 people were killed in them from 2009 to 2012, versus 145 killed from 2000 to 2008.
In contrast, 36 people (including the Boston marathon bombing victims) in the United States have been killed by radical Islamists post-9/11, according to Charles Kuzman, a professor of sociology and author of the book The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists.
Although nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attack, gun violence in general has killed more Americans than terrorism in the last 50 or so years. The Washington Post reports that between 1969 and 2009, terrorism against the U.S. at home and abroad killed a total of 5,586 people. Between 1986 and 2010 alone, gun violence killed around 30,000 Americans.
Simply put: Xenophobia and racism dramatically increase our sense of danger.
We have a one-sided definition of terrorism in the United States. The narrative always centers around people who look different from the average, mainstream American — if such an image even exists. Few people would consider the recent rash of mass shootings acts of terrorism and that’s what Singh so expertly exposed.
It seems that Carr eventually realized the error of his ways and took the takedown in stride, tweeting back at Singh:
As Mic‘s Zak Cheney-Rice sagely advises on the topic, “Be mindful, and if you feel the urge to say or post something stupid … just don’t.”
Correction: August 7, 2014
An earlier version of this article incorrectly used “Arabic,” rather than Arab, to characterize people.
About Akhi SoufyanIf you see goodness from me, then that goodness is from The Creator. You should be thankful to The Creator for all of that. Cause I'm not the architect of that. I'm only the...the recipient. If you see weakness or shortcoming in me it's from my own weakness or shortcoming. And I ask The Creator and the people to forgive me for that. _______________________________ Website eigenaar voor een betere wereld en doel, niet gericht op verdiensten van geld maar goede daden. In de naam van Allah, de Barmhartige. Als je goedheid van mij ziet, dan is dat de goedheid van de Schepper (God). Wees De Schepper dankbaar voor dat. Want ik ben daar niet de architect van, ik ben alleen de ontvanger.
Posted on August 11, 2014, in ARTICLES, NEWS and tagged anti, anti islam, article, asishpal singh, bigotry, brilliant, comeback, flawlessly, good reason, islam, mic.com, muslim, news, reaction, read, respond, ryan carr, sophie kleeman, source, terrorism, tweet, tweeted, tweets, viral. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
Great read! Shows the power of mainstream media about developing one-sidedness. Contemplative watching/reading/tweeting, people. It’s for your own good.