Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Not Islamophobia in America

I generally point out instances of Islamophobia in the United States, but this is a case where it wasn't Islamophobia.  Several Muslims were arrested at an amusement park in New York, because they wanted to go on rides, but no head scarves were allowed.  This started a big confrontation and police were called in.  Now, this is not an anti-hijab rule.  This is a rule that the amusement park passed that covers hats, scarves, head scarves, whatever is on your head.  Because on certain rides they can fly off or maybe even get caught somewhere.  Unfortunately, several of the women involved seemed to think this was about their hijab.  The newspaper covering the situation also phrased it as a "head scarf ban," further inflaming the situation.

This is a secondary problem that I haven't really talked about before.  After being discriminated against for a while, some people will start to view any kind of problem as discrimination.  For instance, if you ask someone the time and they ignore you, it's not necessarily because you have a different skin color or religion.  It could be something as simple as the person didn't hear you, or was having a really bad day.  But if you face discrimination all the time, then that is the first thing you think of.

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