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Let's Go Downtown and Watch the Failparade!
Oh, Elizabeth Moon! How could you write a post like that knowing it was bound raise a stink? The only answer is malice. Good citizens don't do that sort of thing, you know.

Honestly, though I know ours is a small community and in the larger scheme we are not terribly important, I am continually embarrassed every time someone raises a rock and exposes how much prejudice is still crawling around at the bottom of the SFF world. I want us, whose job it is to chronicle the future and a wealth of alternatives to the here and now, to be better than this. Why are we not better than this? How can people who make it their business to imagine and empathize with the truly alien offer such meager treatment to other humans?

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Well, one of the problems is that she is talking about immigrants in a post about the Muslim community in New York. She literally uses the words "Muslims" and "immigrants" interchangeably.

Many commenters have been at pains to point out to her the incorrectness and insult of calling all Muslims immigrants, as there have been Muslims living in the U.S. for hundreds of years. But she doesn't seem to have responded to that point.

(Edit: Mind, that's not the only problem in her post. It's just the one relevant to her attitude about immigrants. I do recommend reading the whole thing; it's certainly food for thought, though perhaps in a way unintended by the author.)

Edited at 2010-09-16 08:16 pm (UTC)

This is a common theme in the folks that object to the Cordoba House/Park51 Project. It casts the objectors as the sullied community and the project as the interloper, when it's actually the other way around. Muslims had been part of the local community for decades and were tending to their communities needs. Using the term "immigrant" denies the community feeling that they've been tending to this entire time.

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