The Absurd, Racist, and Unfounded Fears at the Core of Islamophobia

The December 9th cover of the New York Daily News, depicting Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty. (Photo credit: NY Daily News)
The December 9th cover of the New York Daily News, depicting Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty. (Photo credit: NY Daily News)

So, I’m on a roll this week, posting about why I believe we — as Asian Americans, as Americans, and as moral human beings — have a responsibility to stand up against the growing tide of Islamophobia that has swept this nation and flooded social media with stories of fearful Muslims facing disgusting forms of harassment.

On Monday, I connected this country’s remembrance of Pearl Harbour with the anti-Japanese xenophobia that followed, and urged readers to see the similarities between racist fears of World War II and today’s Islamophobia. On Tuesday, I reacted to GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s announced proposal to ban all Muslim travel with my comparison between Trump and noted turn-of-the-century Sinophobic race-baiter, Denis Kearney. Again, I urged readers to parallel the era’s anti-Chinese hatred with today’s intolerance of our Muslim American neighbours.  Both of these post went pretty viral this week, and thanks to you, readers, for that!

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‘Quantico’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 10, “Quantico”

QUANTICO - "Quantico" (Photo Credit: ABC / Phillippe Bosse)
QUANTICO – “Quantico” (Photo Credit: ABC / Phillippe Bosse)

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

Lakshmi’s recaps for “Quantico” episodes 1-7 can be found here and for episode 8 onward here, including her recap of the show’s most recent episode. Her recaps appear on Reappropriate every Monday morning! As with reading any recaps, please be wary of spoilers.

We don’t know about you, dear readers, but we found it impossible to watch this week’s episode of ‘Quantico’ without reflecting on all of the events of the last week. It’s admittedly strange to watch a fictional drama about the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts that has the stereotyping of South Asians and Muslims as a central plotline just hours after the President of the United States delivered a primetime address from the Oval Office addressing all of those themes.

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