Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Romney heard ’round the world

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By Aseal Tineh & Nasir Almasri

Likely presidential Republican nominee Mitt Romney has thankfully returned back to the United States after traveling overseas, visiting the United Kingdom, Israel, and Poland, where he naively hoped to show both the United States and the world at large that he is ready for the presidential stage and international diplomacy. A (seemingly) harmless trip turned into a nightmare for this likely Republican nominee as he managed to fill his short visit with a plethora of gaffes that made even his conservative supporters cringe (this is greatly concerning to conservatives; remember the last Republican in office?)

First on his world trip: the United Kingdom or, as Romney so ignorantly put it, “England.”

The inequality of hate

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By Matthew Barry

Recently, Fox News ran a piece with the headline “Did mental illness fuel Wisconsin massacre-or was it terrorism?” Read the headline again. You might find the unspoken implication: the conscious decision to commit terrorism, to kill and maim innocent people, has to be the act of a sane man. Not meaning to kill people but doing it anyway makes one insane. A strange conclusion, isn’t it?

The media’s silence on the genocide of Rohingya Muslims

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By Matthew Barry

Genocide remembrance in the United States follows a dispiriting pattern. We read in horror the accounts of Armenians, Jews, Rwandan Hutus and others who were slaughtered by the millions, shudder, and promise to ourselves and the world “never again.” Yet when the time comes for each generation to stand up and to do the right thing where others once stayed silent, we shirk our duties to humanity and let history repeat itself yet again.

The most segregated hour in America

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By Sarah Goomar

Eleven o’clock on Sunday Morning is said to be the most segregated hour in America.

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. startled listeners with this proclamation at first, shedding light on the fact that despite being followers of the same faith, blacks still constituted the “other” and virtually worshipped solely among themselves. As a reverend and champion of civil rights, King waited and hoped for a time when Americans could live and worship together, across color lines. The usage of these words is widely viewed as cliché today.

RedEye’s “Turban Primer” enables racist attitudes to persist

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By Muhammad Shareef (courtesy of Sixteen Minutes to Palestine)

I love the RedEye. It usually features a glimpse into what’s going on around Chicago, sometimes expanding on larger national events, but more importantly balancing its informational articles with just enough entertainment pieces to have turned me into a loyal reader each morning for the past three summers.

‘How to tell your friends from the Japs’ in TIME, 1941 vs. ‘Turban Primer’ in RedEye, 2012

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By Sami Kishawi (courtesy of Sixteen Minutes to Palestine)

Two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, TIME Magazine ran an article titled “How to tell your friends from the Japs”, an arbitrary and insensitive guide on how to differentiate the Japanese from the Chinese. Today, just over a day after the shooting in Milwaukee that left six dead in a Sikh house of worship, Chicago’s RedEye printed a “Turban Primer”, a similarly insensitive guide on arbitrary religio-cultural distinctions between, essentially, Brown people from South East Asia and the Middle East.

The reoccurring issue: News media failing to tell it like it is

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By Naeem Vahora

It’s becoming the summer of shooting sprees and hate crimes. In the past month alone, we have seen senseless violence and hatred carried out in a packed movie theatre, Sikh temple, and now a mosque – and while those communities are recovering from unspeakable tragedies, legal authorities are still struggling to label these attacks for what they truly are: acts of terrorism.

James Holmes: He, who from here on out, shall not be named

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By Sarah Goomar

Aurora, Colorado was struck by devastating news on July 21st –a day that would mark the 36th mass-murdering spree the United States has born witness to in the past 30 years. During a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” James E. Holmes, a masked, armor-clad, and fully-armed 24 year-old took the lives of 12 and injured 58, many of whom remain in critical condition. He was formally charged on July 30th with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.