Friday, January 29, 2010

It's a Scary Place Inside Your Head

terrorism, bigotry, racism, fear,

[disturbing images below the fold]

I have a devised a test so you can tell if you're a wingnut or sane.

Two women wearing headscarves walk into a McDonalds. Do you (a) not even notice them as you has cheeseburger, or do you (b) watch their every move because they might be ISLAMoFACIsTERRORISTS and ISLAMoFACIsTERRORISTS are known for blowing up McDonalds franchises in the greater Pittsburgh area?

Wednesday night, we all went over to our local McDonald's for some food. I didn't have the gumption to really cook anything of substance, and state law requires us to feed the kids. It doesn't say WHAT we have to feed them (yet) but only that they have full bellies.

Sitting there eating, I happened to notice a couple of families who must have been traveling in the dining room. The women were wearing hijabs (the muslim headscarf), and my radar kicked on. I sat through the rest of my meal not paying attention to my family, but watching their moves.

What a scary place inside your head is, bngfan. Really, it's tragic. Racist and rude and tragic. Are you filled with this kind of terror every time you see brown skinned people, or just when you see brown skinned people in scarves?

I would like to point out two things. If you truly feel that this level of terror was appropriate to the situation, then the terrorists really have won. Their goal is, after all, to instill terror, and they seem to have succeeded admirably with you.

Secondly, has it occurred to you at all that those families could well regard us white Americans with the same terror? 'Twasn't the brown skinned desert folk who did this:

or this:

or this:

Those were, by the way, the least disturbing images of our violence that I could find. Yeah, we're so much better.


  1. Did you see his response in comments where he said:

    "I was kinda pissed that I wasn't able to drip sausage grease in their food. I used to do that when I worked on the grill. :-D"

    What a guy

  2. Dude, whenever I see someone, anyone, walking around I watch them* to make sure they aren't going to kill me in some insidious fashion.** One can never be too careful, because it isn't paranoia if the world really is out to get you.

    * Yes, I am the creepy guy staring at you.

    ** I stay indoors and play video games to avoid all you psycho killers. What I can't see can't hurt me. ***

    *** Except disease, damn you disease!

  3. I never trust white guys in suits. Sure a black guy in a hoody might mug you for your wallet, but those monkey-suit wearing pastey-faces will take your life savings, your home, your pension...

  4. Well I would be amazed that they would eat somewhere that prepares plenty of Bacon. That would seem unusual.

    I wouuld probably find myself staring just from being so out of norm.

  5. I have to go to the VA in Pittsburgh, and I can tell you that the people who provide most of your care and who you come in contact with are going to be from some place in south Asia, head scarves and all.

    I've had several surgeries in the past few months, and the anesthesiologist is a doctor from Yemen. (We share the same penchant for puns, something his colleagues seem to feel is more problematic than his ethnicity or religious orientation).

    And that stupid pseudo cowboy asked, "why do they hate us..."?

  6. 1 Corinthians 11:5-6, King James Version

    5. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

    6. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

  7. islam isn't a race


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