titumir, on 02 June 2012 - 06:27 AM, said:
iDevonian is using typical American logic.
If you meet an American on the street, and talk to him, he will tell you how much America cares about equal rights, how America is very concerned about the plight of the oppressed all over the world, how America is a model for all the nations of the world, how America cares so much about Tibetans oppressed by the Chinese, how America is so important to keeping peace in the world, because no other nation can be trusted....
Then if you bring up such an example of American intolerance, he changes track. In one second, all the previous talk is forgotten. All talk of human rights, democracy, peace, everything vanishes in a puff of smoke. Now, its, "Muslims have to "prove" themselves", the people have a right to ban building anything in their own town, the law is the law, when in Rome do as the Romans do, etc.
This is America, in a nutshell, and what idevonian is doing here is applicable for the majority of Americans, and the American government as a whole.
I am concerned with human rights. Just as you are.
And dont get me wrong, i do recognize racist bigots, and I think its wrong. But just because they are wrong, doesnt mean that they are somehow going to magically change their minds for no apparent reason.
And this is why there are different Americans too, there are racist ones and other Americans who will fight the racist. But ultimately, it is up to the muslims themselves to demonstrate who they are. That is the only way you will teach the world.
So, it is up to you to prove yourself. We cannot prove you are a good person, you have to prove you are a good person. Otherwise, nobody will ever know. And the racist will be racist.
Back in the day, many Americans didnt like blacks. It wasnt until blacks stepped up and started to show that they were good people, that our mindset changed. When Martin Luther King stepped up, he was proving to America that Blacks were equal. He was proving by demonstration that all blacks deserved equal rights. And this is something that other white people couldnt tell other whites. It was up to the blacks themselves to make the statement. And they did. They stepped up in many ways, large movements, large statements, and it was good. And this is also why MLK is often respected more than malcom X too, because it took heart for the peaceful movement they made. Its not about fighting, its about showing America who you are. And making the injustice clear. This is what makes the black movement such a great thing, we now have a black president. We know that Africans are doing great things, they are us, we are them. We are together.
This is why the movie Glory is so popular in American culture. It is a movie in which blacks step up and prove that they are not only equal, but heroes of the civil war. Not only are they equal, but they demonstrated they were equal, and nowhone in the world can deny that. They had proven that they were American heroes, and to this day, they still are. All because they stepped up and showed the world. They proved themselves to their fellow Americans and earned great respect. Even racist whites in the union give respect to these guys because they were physically putting their lives on the line for the country. Its a beautiful story, it really is. And will forever be one of the most famous black movies, hence why morgan freeman and denzel washington are so popular today. This is why Americans know of the black regiment who stepped up in those times. Even white people not so familiar with American history respect these blacks.
And this is the only way to gain acceptance in the eyes of the bigots. It is the only way. You must prove yourself, you must demonstrate that you arent some crazy foreigner coming to destroy America. You have to show Americans who you are and what good you are bringing to them.
Becuase in all honesty, most people do not know about foreigners. We know about blacks because over generations they have done great things in our country and for our country. But with middle easterners in particular, its a clean slate. Are these people crazy wahabi coming to rule with an iron fist like they do in saudi? Are they more secular like in indonesia? Who are they? Most people honestly do not know. I know people had had grown up and rarely if ever even seen a black person, let alone would they know anything about a person from the other side of the planet.
And this isnt just in America, its for the world. Show America who you are, so people dont mistake all muslims for the crazy ones. And many muslims are doing this, we have foreign doctors and engineers, scientists, school teachers, even soldiers. And we are all coming together well, but its still a new relationship. One that will need time to develop.
And anyone who thought that a foreign race could just move into the country and somehow everything would be perfectly peaceful, is a fool. Because we know about human nature, and we know about American history, and we know, thats not going to happen. Not until trust is earned. Just like when you meet a new person, you earn their trust.
Edited by iDevonian, 02 June 2012 - 09:05 AM.