Monday, August 23, 2010
The Rachel Maddow Show - This anti-Muslim thing is just so bad
Glenn Greenwald calls this video from Sunday's rally against the planned Islamic community center with a prayer roomin Manhattan -- a.k.a. the Ground Zero Mosque -- a sign of "some extremely ugly stuff that's been unleashed."
And so it is. An African-American man, identified on YouTube as a union carpenter who works at Ground Zero, walks through the crowd and suddenly becomes the symbol of everything Islam. He protests that he's not Muslim and that the people chanting "No mosque here" don't know anything about him. They won't let up. Eventually we get to "He must have voted for Obama" and "Mohamed's a pig."
The man seems to be a target because the mob needs a target, and anyone who looks different from them will suffice.
Bonus for recognizing the man in the suit who escorts the carpenter out of the crowd. Hit the comments, please.