Friday, August 31, 2007

Is Islamophobia Racism?

Straight from the Hatewatch hall of Shame .


The claim continues to be raised that Islamophobia is not racism. Let’s examine that issue, breaking it down into its individual issues, and see what conclusions we can draw.

Before we begin, I must make a slight change to the original thesis, because I forgot that some of the hate mongers who read this are learning impaired, in addition to being reality impaired. My thanks to Cristy Li for reminding me of this. Legitimate, fact-based criticism of a particular problem of Islam is not racism. As we will see, an irrational fear or hatred of Islam, resulting in a pattern of or doctrine of discrimination, hatred or intolerance of Islam, is indeed racism. This is further defined below.

For those who claim that the definitions below are "Sutter's" or that the conclusion of "Islamophobia is racism" is "Sutter's", I suggest you read this again. I am using source material from dictionaries, encyclopedias, the United Nations, the European Union Charter, highly-respected universities, the United States Declaration of Independance, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the U.S. Supreme Court, more than twenty world reknowned scholars, and the Runnymede Trust. So it is very inaccurate to claim these are my opinions, these are the opinions and definitions (and in some cases the legal decisions) of the afore-mentioned.

First let’s define the root of “racism”, that being “race”.

There are two different types of classifications of the term “race”. The first is the used by Physical Anthropologists and Biologists, therefore an anthropological, biological definition, based on physical characteristics, this definition is used almost exclusively by biologists and geneticists in their studies and peer-reviewed papers. This definition has also become quite controversial within the scientific community because of the mixture of physical characteristics in multicultural societies, and is considered antiquated and no longer accurate in its use. Scientists are in the process of eliminating this term and changing it to “Genetic qualities” or something similar.

Since none of the people listed in this blog are physical anthropologists or biologists with peer reviewed publications, the first definition (aside from being antiquated, as noted above) does not apply here. We will, therefore, look at the second category, the second classification of the term “race” as used by Cultural Anthropologists and sociologists, therefore a cultural definition, based on any common characteristics of a large group . This is also the definition of “race” used in the contemporary vernacular, and is the one that applies to the people listed in this blog.

Let’s look at several definitions to answer these questions:

What is the definition of “race”?

What is the definition of “racism”?

What is the definition of “racist”?

Is Islamophobia considered racism?

In sites where there are multiple definitions, the highlighted ones are the definitions that apply to this thesis:

Definitions of “Race”:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/race

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source

race2 /reɪs/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[reys] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation

–noun

1. a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.

2. a population so related.

3. Anthropology.

a. any of the traditional divisions of humankind, the commonest being the Caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negro, characterized by supposedly distinctive and universal physical characteristics: no longer in technical use.

b. an arbitrary classification of modern humans, sometimes, esp. formerly, based on any or a combination of various physical characteristics, as skin color, facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on such genetic markers as blood groups.

c. a human population partially isolated reproductively from other populations, whose members share a greater degree of physical and genetic similarity with one another than with other humans.

4. a group of tribes or peoples forming an ethnic stock: the Slavic race.

5. any people united by common history, language, cultural traits, etc.: the Dutch race.

6. the human race or family; humankind: Nuclear weapons pose a threat to the race.

7. Zoology. a variety; subspecies.

8. a natural kind of living creature: the race of fishes.

9. any group, class, or kind, esp. of persons: Journalists are an interesting race.

10. the characteristic taste or flavor of wine.

–adjective

11. of or pertaining to the races of humankind.

[Origin: 1490–1500;

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
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American Heritage Dictionary -
race 1 (rās) n.
1. A local geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically transmitted physical characteristics.
2. A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution: the German race.
3. A genealogical line; a lineage.
4. Humans considered as a group.
5. Biology
a. An interbreeding, usually geographically isolated population of organisms differing from other populations of the same species in the frequency of hereditary traits. A race that has been given formal taxonomic recognition is known as a subspecies.
b. A breed or strain, as of domestic animals.
6. A distinguishing or characteristic quality.


Home > Library > Reference > Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

race

"Race" is today primarily a sociological designation, identifying a class sharing some outward physical characteristics and some commonalities of culture and history.


Now that we’ve defined the root word “race”, let’s look at the words “racism”, “racist”, and “Islamophobia”, so that we can see if Islamophobia is considered racism.

Definitions of “racism” and “racist” (keeping in mind we’ve already defined “race”):

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
rac·ism /
ˈreɪsɪzəm/ Show Spelled Pronunciation[rey-siz-uhm]
–noun

1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.

3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

[Origin: 1865–70;

—Related forms

racist, noun, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
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American Heritage Dictionary -
rac·ism (rā'sĭz'əm) Pronunciation Key n.
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
rac'ist adj. & n.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/racism

Main Entry: rac·ism
Pronunciation: 'rA-"si-z&m also -"shi-
Function: noun
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination


WordNet -
racist
adjective
1. based on racial intolerance; "racist remarks"
2. discriminatory especially on the basis of race or religion
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

WordNet

racism

noun

1. the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races

2. discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race

WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

Definition of Islamophobia


WordNet -
islamophobia
noun
prejudice against Muslims; "Muslim intellectuals are afraid of growing Islamophobia in the West"
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.


Wikipedia: Entry in Wikipedia


Islamophobia is the fear and/or hatred of Islam, Muslims or Islamic culture. Islamophobia can be characterised by the belief that all or most Muslims are religious fanatics, have violent tendencies towards non-Muslims, and reject as directly opposed to Islam such concepts as equality, tolerance, and democracy.

It is viewed as a new form of racism whereby Muslims, an ethno-religious group, not a race, are nevertheless constructed as a race.

A set of negative assumptions are made of the entire group to the detriment of members of that group.

During the 1990's many sociologists and cultural analysts observed a shift in forms of prejudice from ones based on skin color to ones based on notions of cultural superiority and otherness.

Declarations Against Racism:

Racial discrimination contradicts the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence, the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen issued during the French Revolution and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed after World War II, which all postulate equality between all human beings.

In 1950, UNESCO suggested in The Race Question —a statement signed by 21 scholars such as Ashley Montagu, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Gunnar Myrdal, Julian Huxley, etc. — to "drop the term race altogether and instead speak of ethnic groups". The statement condemned scientific racism theories which had played a role in the Holocaust. It aimed both at debunking scientific racist theories, by popularizing modern knowledge concerning "the race question," and morally condemned racism as contrary to the philosophy of the Enlightenment and its assumption of equal rights for all. Along with Myrdal's An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (1944), The Race Question influenced the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court desegregation decision in "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka". (“Toward a World without Evil: Alfred Métraux as UNESCO Anthropologist (1946-1962)”, by Harald E.L. Prins, UNESCO (English) )

The United Nations uses the definition of racial discrimination laid out in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, adopted in 1966:

...any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.(Part 1 of Article 1 of the U.N. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) (Text of the Convention, [['International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1966)

In 2000, the European Union explicitly banned racism along with many other forms of social discrimination:

Article 21 of the charter prohibits discrimination on any ground such as race, color, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, disability, age or sexual orientation and also discrimination on the grounds of nationality. (http://www.lbr.nl/internationaal/charter%20uk.html)

Is Islamophobia Considered Racism?

Islamophobia refers to prejudice or discrimination against Islam or Muslims. (Sandra Fredman, Discrimination and Human Rights, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0199246033, p.121.) The term dates back to the late 1980s, [1] but came into common currency after the September 11, 2001 attacks. [2]

In 1997, the British Runnymede Trust defined Islamophobia as the "dread or hatred of Islam and therefore, to the fear and dislike of all Muslims," stating that it also refers to the behavior of excluding Muslims from the "economic, social, and public life of the nation." It includes the perception that Islam has no values in common with other cultures, is inferior to the West, is a violent political ideology rather than a religion, and that discriminatory practices against Muslims are justified.

A number of individuals and organizations have made attempts to define the concept. Kofi Annan told a UN conference on Islamophobia in 2004: "[W]hen the world is compelled to coin a new term to take account of increasingly widespread bigotry, that is a sad and troubling development. Such is the case with Islamophobia." [1]

In 1996, the Runnymede Trust established the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia, chaired by Professor Gordon Conway, the vice-chancellor of the University of Sussex. Their report, Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All, was launched in November 1997 by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw. In this report, Islamophobia was defined by the Trust as "an outlook or world-view involving an unfounded dread and dislike of Muslims, which results in practices of exclusion and discrimination." The first documented use of the word in the United States was by Insight magazine in 1991, used to describe Russian activities in Afghanistan.

The Runnymede report identified eight perceptions related to Islamophobia:

Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.

It is seen as separate and "other." It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.

It is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive, and sexist.

It is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism, and engaged in a clash of civilizations.

It is seen as a political ideology, used for political or military advantage.

Criticisms made of "the West" by Muslims are rejected out of hand.

Hostility towards Islam is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.

Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural and normal. [4]

The above perceptions are seen as closed views on Islam. These are contrasted, in the report, with open views on Islam which, while founded on respect for Islam, permits legitimate disagreement, dialogue and critique. [5]

[1] Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All, Runnymede Trust, 1997, p. 1, cited in Quraishi, Muzammil. Muslims and Crime: A Comparative Study, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2005, p. 60; Annan, Kofi. "Secretary-General, addressing headquarters seminar on confronting Islamophobia", United Nations press release, December 7, 2004.

[2] Casciani, Dominic. "Islamophobia pervades UK - report", BBC News, June 2, 2004. Rima Berns McGowan writes in Muslims in the Diaspora (University of Toronto Press, 1991, p. 268) that the term "Islamophobia" was first used in an unnamed American periodical in 1991.

[3] Runnymede 1997, p. 5, cited in Quraishi 2005, p. 60

[4] "Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All"PDF (69.7 KiB), Runnymede Trust, 1997.

[5] Benn; Jawad (2004) p. 162


Conclusion


We have now seen the definition of “race” from Random House, American Heritage Dictionary, and the Britannica Encyclopedia, showing that “race” means any group or class of people united by cultural traits, language, etc., sharing a common heritage (summarizing the various definitions).

We have seen the definition of the words “racist” and “racism” from Random House Dictionary, American Heritage Dictionary, Merriam Webster Dictionary, Princeton University, the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and the European Union’s International Charter. Racism is (again summarizing what we see here) discrimination, hatred or fear of anyone of a specific race. A “racist” is someone who commits racism.

We have seen the definition of “Islamophobia” from Princeton University and from Wikipedia, with a very detailed definition from the Runnymede Trust. We have seen the UN condemnation of Islamophobia. We have seen, from reading the above, that Islamophobia is an unfounded dread and dislike of Muslims, which results in practices of exclusion and discrimination.

Under the definition of “race” Muslims definitely qualify as a “race”, even the UN, the EU and the Runnymede Trust agree on this. Under the definition of “racist” and “racism”, acts of Islamophobia (as defined herein) are most definitely racist acts and Islamophobia itself is a racist attitude. The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center consider Islamophobia as racism.


The inescapable conclusion: Islamophobia is racism, ergo, Islamophobes (those who practice Islamophobia) are racists (those who practice racism).

"Racism is a disease of the heart, soul, and mind, and only when it is extirpated from the individual consciousness and replaced with the love and peace of God will true personal and communal healing begin." Liu, et al., "Eracing" Mistakes, November/December 1990, p. 14.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Oy Vey...a publicly funded Jewish school. Whatever happened to separation of church and state?

This is especially aimed at the judeofascist criminals and their smear campaign against the Khalil Gibran International Academy(an Arabic LANGUAGE school, not an Islamic one). I guess separation of church and state doesn't apply to the "chosen ones," just us goys. How about they fire the rabbi running the joint and hire an Arabic principal? Hypocrisy, anyone? Read it and weep, shlomos.






Sunday, August 26, 2007

Khalil Gibran International Academy tagetted by judeofascists and friends...

This is the latest example of radical shlomos and their racist followers at work. The Khalil Gibran ( a Christian, but who cares? He's an Ay-rab!)International Academy is set open next month, as New York's first Arabic language school. No sooner was this announced, the zionist sleaze machine went to work, from the New York Post (a Murdoch rag) with well known judeofascist Daniel Pipes to Pamela Hall, a "concerned Brooklyn mom" heading some outfit called "Stop the Madrassa coaltition" and who just happens to be a member of the anti-Muslim hate group "United American Committee." In short, the usual suspects. BTW, that would be the same "committee" whose leader was too scared to debate Nadir Ahmed of Examine the Truth.
Not surprisingly, Mayor Bloomberg did nothing to help the embattled principal Debbie Almontasar who quit after a sustained smear campaign, only to be replaced by Danielle Salzberg, a jewish educator who speaks no Arabic. What a shocker. Apparently New York is being run like the Occupied Gaza strip.
Check out the full details here :

No sleep till Gibran

The ignorance and stupidity of a Manhatten Mom

CAIR was spot on for charging judeofascist groups like the ADL(who've been caught red handed in the past spying on Americans for Israel, including dealings with Apartheid South African intelligence) are working to undermine and erode Muslim American civil rights. If you're a Muslim in America, you'll have to deal with these terrorists, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
Oh and don't celebrate yet, shlumoids....we're not going anywhere, and yes, we'll be keeping a very close eye on you and what you teach your kids in the DOZENS of Jewish schools in New York. Maybe then, I'll start a "Stop the Yeshiva coalition."

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ummah Pulse succeeds where Altmuslim failed

Jazakallah Khair to Yahya for referring me to the excellent Ummah Pulse site. The British based site is committed to the promotion of true Islamic teachings in a climate of ignorance and misinformation through excellent analysis of the news. Unlike the proggie lite altmuslim which largely pandered to the lowest common denominator, the Ummah Pulse people don't strike me as the type who'll post anything to get a few more hits. Their articles are well written and to the point, without the psuedo-intellectual babble which plagues most of the crud of altmuslim. You won't find any of the rubbish written by the likes of Hisham Hassaballa(whose latest whitewash of the Lal masjid massacre proves that he's a spineless and clueless twit parroting the establishment line). No "Muslim for Obama" balderdash either(Kufi flip - PMNUA Update).
Ummah Pulse has now officially been DrM endorsed, go check them out.