Finally someone’s tellin’ it like it is: Two Muslims travel 13,000 miles across America and find an embracing nation.
Anyone remember this classic Eddie Murphy bit from Delirious? He’s talking about how racism ain’t what it used to be, about how he had to TRY to find racism in 1982. He went to Texas LOOKIN’ for racism, so on-edge that when a white bellhop politely asked, “Excuse me sir, is this your bag?” He broke with:
YEAH, THAT’S MY FUCKIN BAG! WHY, MUTHAFUCKA? A BLACK MAN CAN’T HAVE A SUITCASE?!?!
See, Eddie expected everyone to act all racist, but in reality, no one did jack shit.
Goddamn if that doesn’t still ring true: Institutional racism may be alive and while it’s the media’s job to amplify the most racist voices in the nation, in REAL life, most black and white people are basically nice to each other.
Well good for them, but as America is well into the 21st century, it’s old news that we’ve got ourselves some new niggers. Black people, still secretly thought to be loud, lazy and ungrateful by millions of white people, cannot hold a marginalized candle to the suffering of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Americans who are forced to live under the presumption of–
Whoa, not so fast:
Along comes 30 Mosques / 30 States, a heroic project undertaken by two extremely American Muslims. Their goal: to drive around the country showing Muslims and non just how much tolerance actually exists in the real America.
Their Ramadan road trip proves it: They encountered an unlikely love-fest, whether it was the affection of a Confederate gun-store owner and a white man who helped them tow their car when it broke down in Montana.
Shit, maybe Eddie Murphy’s Last Theorem holds true for Muslims too!
Not so fast.
Pay careful attention to these guys’ appearance: They look and sound more American than Gavin McInnes, let alone Mohamed Atta.
These guys are undoubtedly heroes. They are perhaps the first WILL SMITHS of Islam — and remember, it was only through Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey and especially Doctor Huxtable that electing an Obama was ever possible.
White people need non-scary representatives of an assimilating race in order to slowly approve the group’s acceptance into the fold.
These guys are heroes, but don’t kid yourself that there’s not still a ton of hatred for Muslims out there:
The lesson from their trip is this:
As long as you look heterosexual and American, then regardless of race or religion, you can go anywhere in this country and be fairly warmly welcomed.
But 12 hijab-clad women at a Rodeo bar?
Chassids changing a tire on a dirt road in Missssippi?
And the hetero aspect should go without saying: Their experiment would never work with 30 Cocks in 30 States. In 2010 in the American South, the Gays would still get their asses beat.
Free viral project for aspiring queer activist: Design and build “30 Cocks in 30 States” website and model after “30 Mosques / 30 States.” Theme is to expose hypocrisy of homophobic Muslim community and Deep American South. Must credit Street Carnage.