Thursday, May 01, 2008

In The United States

An American of Lebanese descent has written a book called "Guilty -- Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11" about the portrayal of Arabs in film and television. How much this disgusts me, much like when "Italian American" groups whined about the Sopranos, is besides the point. What made me shake my head was this quote:

"In the United States, you can say anything you want about Islam and Arabs and get away with it. In other words, as someone said, 'You can hit an Arab free'," said Shaheen -- also author of "Reel Bad Arabs -- How Hollywood Vilifies a People".

Some people just don't get it. This is the United States of America, you are supposed to be able to say anything you want, period, and get away with it. Anything other then that is an infringement of your rights. You want people to police your speech? There are plenty of countries in the Middle East that will oblige.