Originally posted by Gauri_3
The way you are taking WA's post is totally out of context here given the nature of debate. Blaming America and stereotyping Americans to defend hostility a particular community harbors towards America is not the same as getting a bit suspicious when I come across a black person - especially when I am walking alone in the night in downtown area. You can't compare these two instances.
Its similar if in this context -
Why are you afraid of a black man. Because you have heard stories, or seen something stating black men are dangerous. Even people who have never met a 'dangerous' black man will harbor fear.
Similarly a Muslim person dislikes Americans. He never personally met a 'bad' American. In fact Americans he knows are nice to him. But his friends and relatives tell him horror stories. He starts fearing that Americans are prejudiced against Muslim.
Both instances are very common examples of fear prejudice. Most of us experiences similar prejudices, anxieties and fears. Sometimes we may say or do something impolite out of it. But in nature we are good people, just stumbling our way through the world trying to make sense of right and wrong.
Its different in the context -
Now if I as someone afraid of black people justified racism, felt that businesses should not hire blacks, avoided all black people and condone violence against blacks - then that is wrong.
Similarly if Muslims use the fear of Americans to condone violence, harm or serious discrimination against Americans then it is wrong.
These are extreme cases and not instances of everyday prejudice but something that is ethically wrong. An American who condones mistreatment of Blacks, Hispanics or Muslims due to race or religion is wrong. Similarly if a Muslim or any other culture or person harbors such feelings against America that they support violence then its wrong.
Since WA was in response to my post before, I assumed she had made this distinction I made in my post.
Pfft Its all Hearsay now.