Monday, October 13, 2008

Islamophobia and the McCain-Palin Campaign

As we enter into the last few weeks of the election McCain and Palin supporters have increased their racist attacks on Obama. McCain and Palin have said that Obama "pals around with domestic terrorists" and their supporters have felt free to shout "terrorist" and "kill him" at rallies. His opponents have been trying to present him to the American public as a Muslim candidate (which he isn't) in order to play on the current climate of violent anti-Islamic sentiment. Frighteningly enough people buy it, check out this clips of McCain-Palin rallies in Ohio and Pennsylvania...

Its interesting because by trying to link Obama to domestic terrorism the McCain-Palin camp actually encouraged the media to explore her and her husbands ties to an Alaskan extremist group. Keith Olbermann of course does a great job of breaking down the racism and Islamophobia in the McCain-Palin camp, check out this clip (its a little long but worth every minute)...

*Tip of the fitted to and

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here's a "liberal" Israeli version that, in its support of Barack, openly indulges in the same Islamophobia. Says an Israeli journalist: "I can tell you, 100%, Barack Obama is not a Muslim" (1:40). So it's OK for Israelis and U.S. Jews to support him.

Not too different, really, from the lady who worriedly told McCain recently that she doesn't trust Obama because he's an Arab. "No, ma'am," McCain replied. "He's a decent family man citizen." ( at 1:49) "Arab" and "decent" are thus mutually exclusive categories for McCain and company.

If having a black president is now thinkable, a Muslim or an Arab one sure isn't.