I’m ashamed of my country

A presentation on plans for a new mosque near Fredericksburg, VA ended with a volley of racist rants made by members of the public.

According to WUSA 9, speaker Samer Shalaby was presenting plans for a new mosque the local Muslim community intended to build on property it already owned. The current Islamic Center is too small, as the community has grown steadily in recent years.

That’s when two men in attendance at the public meeting shouted down Shalaby with claims that all Muslims were “evil” and “terrorists.” The speaker said he didn’t expect such hostility. (video at link)


Masslive.com’s Laura Newberry was sent to cover the protest at the Massachusetts women’s college. But Newberry writes that “reporters who arrived at the sit-in were met with a clear message: Keep out. ”

“We are asking that any journalists or press that cover our story participate and articulate their solidarity with black students and students of color,” a protest leader told Newsberry. “By taking a neutral stance, journalists and media are being complacent in our fight.” She also complained that “[the] media has historically painted radical black movements as violent and aggressive.”


And that’s but a sampling from a few minutes of casual surfing. I’m not certain I could ever again take up arms to defend this nation. The citizens, by and large…….the ignorant sheep that they are…..can go to hell.


One thought on “I’m ashamed of my country

  1. Groupthink is nasty. Unity comes first, and under an urgency (real or perceived) of sufficient magnitude, skepticism is seen as detrimental to that unity, even if the skeptic is correct. Silence is taken as acceptance of the group’s narrative, and neutrality is taken as hostility.

    Demagoguery plays a significant role, but the core problem is that most people will go with the flow. Most go because it is a “lesser evil” or a “necessary evil” (advocates of both are really saying that evil is necessary), they feel that unity with a bunch of total strangers provides them security (the “me” factor), or the simplest reason of all: conflict avoidance with who is perceived as an authority figure.

    The worst thing of all, it does not take a trained propagandist to herd people, or play them against each other.


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