spectacle and hate: the hearings, the hype

dear readers,

its so brooklyn right now. npr is abuzz with news about the unprecedented earthquakes in japan, the sun is back out, and through my brick building window, wafting up over my fire escape, the islamic call to prayer is being sung, the baby downstairs is crying, the west indians upstairs are playing reggae classics, a crow is cawing, utensils are clinking, a moment of peace amidst the storms, and i am writing this post to you.  here’s some laughter, esp for my nyc heads.

this clip of mine references the public atmosphere of post-9/11 nyc, where subways are plastered with “if you see something, say something” signs.  it’s a little tense out here for the muslim diaspora the house hearing on american muslims aren’t exactly lightening the mood, smh.

gone are the days of public lynchings, yet still we are obsessed with the spectacle of hate. in fact, the lead article in the times on the hearings (linked above) was a television review.  though there were others articles on the hearings, i take this lead article to literally mean that the value of the hearings was more for culture war show and swagger than for substance, safety, nation building.  reminds me of all the pomp that surrounded the koran burning preacher from down south, who garnered mad media attention, despite being a non-issue, a non-leader, because truth be told he had a negligible following at best.  the culture war is being won on the backs of actors, stand in’s for leaders though it is clear we need real leadership.  but just now, in this climate, i’m wondering what real leadership really looks like.

i am gearing up for a couple weeks of intense study, but i’ll be blogging again on monday.  stay tuned in.  ear to the streets, heart to the beat.

peace,

roopa

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