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I refuse to link Elizabeth Moon's lovely (*sarcasm) rant about Muslims and assimilation and how WE MUST ALL BE ASSIMILATED (read: erase our own cultures to fit into WASP-y middle class US culture) for immigration to succeed. Yeah, um, no.

However! I'm doing a signal boost because [livejournal.com profile] shweta_narayan is a beautiful, brave person and wrote out her own experiences trying to assimilate. The comments are also kind of amazing, and unifying, because issues of assimilation and immigration happen world-wide, and history is cycling around again and things are getting a little hairy. *gives Arizona the side-eye*

Anyhow, love to all of you dears, this is me shaking a little and venting in the middle of the night when I really ought to be in bed.

Date: 2010-09-19 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flange5.livejournal.com
Oh god, really? I remember loving some of her early books, but no. Not acceptable.

Oh lord, I just read up on it a little, and sweet lord, no. Though some of the refutations are pretty spectacular. Why the hell should muslims be expected to perform public penance for something extremists did, which, by the way, included the destruction of two mosques that were in the WTC? Did the rest of Christianity or the military have to prove themselves "fit" for citizenship after the Oklahoma City bombing? Do we grab the most scurrilous passages of the Torah and the Bible and then anxiously wring our hands over whether Christianity is itself a threat to the Constitution? wtf-ever.

I do find it upsetting though not surprising that this is coming from a former marine, though. The anti-islamic slurs and 'facts' I heard coming from my brother, which he had been told by his officers while working in Saudi Arabia as an enlisted man were hair-raising, and that was before 9/11.

What was infuriating was that he refused for months to listen to the refutation of my aunt who had worked closely with Islamic students for decades, because he had 'been there himself,' which included absolutely no meaningful conversation with a single non-US-military person in the weeks he was there. It was really horrifying. I can't even imagine what it's like now.

But anyway, Elizabeth Moon, ugh. I am going to go to your link now that I have that out of my system. *hugs*

Date: 2010-09-25 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scififreak.livejournal.com
I own a polo shirt now, but I refuse to take up rowing or show at Abercrombie and Fitch! Though I may visit Martha's Vineyard one day...lol

But seriously, it's a sticky subject. Melting pot vs Stew. Both are great in their own ways, like being united with a cultural/national identity but also celebrating the differences that make us unique and interesting and *different*.

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