American attitudes to Muslims today are very similar to German attitude to Jews just prior to WW2
In a startling and highly depressing experiment, a US radio presenter sets up a hoax show - states Muslims ought to be tattooed and incarcerated. The show’s premise was a hoax. The callers who phoned in response were not.
It is extremely depressing to realize that a significant proportion of Americans actually support the idea of discriminating against, tattooing, imprisoning, deporting, or simply just killing, an entire race of people that live among them. The sheer ignorance and stupidity on display by a significant percentage of the American populous is simply staggering. At least the radio presenter had the courage to call down those people.
With attitudes like this, how far off is WW3? And, even more depressingly, who would be ‘the bad guys’?
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As much as I would put a bit of a dampener on findings from a radio show, what terrifies me is the findings of the Gallup poll mentioned in the article linked:
"A Gallup poll this summer of more than 1,000 Americans showed that 39 percent were in favor of requiring Muslims in the United States, including American citizens, to carry special identification."
That's just insane.
Of course you'd be right to flag up a little warning - results from a radio show experiment would be swayed by the demographic of the normal audience. But regardless of that, it's still unsettling that ANY demographic of a public radio show would show tendencies of this nature in such ratios.
I also agree that the Gallup poll is just as concerning, if not more so.
Indeed! Sorry, my first comment sounded like I was dismissing the radio show entirely, which I didn't mean to!
It's a definite concern even if you take into account the usual crazy radio people you get on any phone-in…