It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s America, offended!
The thing about feelings is they are very biased. I could say “Hi” to one person, and in the same tone say “Hi” to someone else. Depending on their feelings, how their day is going, and their perception of me – one could be offended and the other over joyous to see me.
I believe that teacher genuinely thought that clock was a bomb. However, I think they thought that because of racial stereotypes developed by our country. That does not invalidate the fear.
Ever see a dog cower away from all men because his experience with one man was abusive? The dog is judging all men by his experience with a few.
We live in a world where you can’t carry a bottle of shampoo from one state to another on a plane. Fingernail file is treated as a weapon, now. We have armed security standing guard at schools. You can’t even carry a backpack because we are made to be afraid. You walk through metal detectors just to get to your class. Half way across the world, parents strap bombs to their children, and send them out to die; and this is plastered all over our media.
So why are we questioning something she’s been conditioned to fear?
In a civilized society, racial stereotypes would probably develop less often. In a cultured society, they probably wouldn’t develop at all.
The only thing that will change this is personal relationships and celebration of culture. Turn off the tv. Travel. Meet people. Stop being offended.
Posted on September 20, 2015, in Home Front and tagged ahmed, bomb, clock, clock bomb, culture, engineering, president, racism, school, science, stereotype, stereotyping, student, threat, Travel, white house. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.