on fort hood: from a brown american perspective

dear readers, 

the airwaves are on high rotation with not the full story about fort hood and major hassan.

vijay prashad, in a recent essay in counterpunch, adds some thirst quenching flavor to the mix.   



i grew up in a military town.  my first house party was on base.  used to go with my friends to the commissary, kick it on the courts with my girls.  there was always so many men on base, not that im only complaining.  anyway, i grew up with a best girl friend from iran, and a best guy friend and his rolling deep family clan from afghanistan.  so when i hear shit, i hear it through these lenses.  

a few months back i posted a piece on busta ryhmes’s song, “arab money.”  one reader who goes by the name, “not my name,” (which i love) commented,

“In fairness… Busta is the type of guy that does these things to make music and the track is absolutely sick… I don’t think poking fun at arabs or any kind of war motivation is intended or present at all… It’s a song, get over it…”  

i want to share with you what i wrote him back, because its on fort hood:

“i can’t lie, i can feel where you’re coming from. but check out what’s going with this fort hood shooting. folks are seriously talking like, “should we even let muslims be in the military?” and all i can think of is, imagine if that same racism was applied to a black officer whose mind broke and started shooting. like if we are a society that would entertain a discussion like, “well, should we even let any black people in the services at all,” then we need to be clear about it and not act like we not substituting one target of racism for another. the racism that existed before the civil rights era did not die, it got quieter but still deadly (just check out the infant mortality rates and life expectancies for african americans), except when it comes to muslim folks who appear to be of arab or south asian descent. that racism is loud and clear. watchu think?”

so, watchu THINK?

take lots of care, 

roopa singh

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