Award-winning animator Mark Fiore illustrates the everyday prejudices that Muslims face in his latest clip. Watch the cartoon and read Fiore’s thoughts on the matter below.
By Mark Fiore truthdig.com April 21, 2016
To watch the video, click on the blue box with white type that says, Watch on Vimeo.
Now that Pope Francis made the wonderful symbolic gesture of flying twelve Syrian refugees to Rome on his plane, let’s take a look at what it’s like for Muslims flying on planes in the United States. If you’re Muslim, whether you’re a US citizen or not, it turns out you might want to allot a little extra time for being detained after getting kicked off your flight.
A UC Berkeley student trying to fly from Los Angeles to Oakland was kicked off after a passenger was worried that he was speaking Arabic. Never mind this guy came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq after his dad was killed by the Saddam Hussein regime. Then there is the family who was booted from a plane because they wanted a special seatbelt for their child. Beware, those wily Muslim tots!
“Arab” looking people are getting kicked off planes, more Muslims are being attacked across the United States and Mosques are being targeted for vandalism and arson. Look at Pocatello, Idaho for a particularly sad example of foreign cultural exchange. But, hey, when two of the most well-known politicians are calling for banning Muslims and/or determining police presence based on your religious preference, some supporters are bound to get a little overzealous, right?
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