Where Do People Get These Ideas?


In the last few days I’ve been interviewed by reporters, mostly from outside the U.S. who are struggling to understand what people living in this country think about 9/11, and where the ugly atmosphere of making Muslims the enemy came from.  I brought up the internment of people of Japanese descent, as a war-time example of a whole people scapegoated, and argued that these sentiments are consciously stoked, and not at all “spontaneous,” meaning that they can be changed.

  1. #1 by Theresa Viselli on September 12, 2010 - 8:03 pm

    It’s a shame that people are still racist, stereotype and display acts of hate against groups of people. We are all humans, we bleed the same color blood and the mindset that would display such behavior seems endless. On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, my mother, of Japanese descent, would get “looks”. After the events of September 11, she told me she was concerned for us because we are dark skinned (my father is Italian). I felt the same way as she did. In addition, I do not understand the opposition of building a Mosque near the site of the Twin Towers. People need to come together, not pull apart. Stop the hatred and learn to love. History continues to repeat itself…

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