Juan Cole: Islam & The New Jim Crow

Juan Cole details how the protests surrounding the building of an Islamic cultural center at Park 51 is demonstrative of new type of Jim Crow segregation: “The demonstrators want to get around the Constitution by creating a sacred geography of sentiment that is outside ordinary legal reality. It consists of a space of white American Judeo-Christian victimhood and of another realm, of a brown, foreign, hostile Islam that must be excluded from lower Manhattan (never mind that these characterizations of American Muslims are pure falsehood).”

Full Article: Juan Cole

Related Article from Salon: “Park51 and the Right’s Willie Horton Syndrome”

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