If I hear the argument “arabs/cadaan*/Hindi/madow/Qabiil hebel**/wahabis are [negative adjective]
I’m going to whip out
“Men are savages. Every war, every colony,every injustice at a macro level has been meted out by men. Masculinity is wholly based on the subjugation of others, especially women ”
Yet you don’t hear me blame men because I know that human nature has a propensity for evil when they get power. It just so happens that men won the genetical lottery that enabled them to beat everyone else to the throne.
So if I can’t use that argument of condemning all men when I’m damn near accurate in doing so, what makes you think that you can paint a group with a broad brush because they have a history of violence?
And if you do that, if you pin your grievances – valid as they are- on the background of the perpetrators so as to put a parameter around the evil that you wrecked you, and you could feel in control by knowing what to avoid — how are you ANY different than them?
Any injustice meted out against a people starts with these steps
1. Homogenization: Painting them all with a broad brush because it’s easier to just bundle them all together.
2. Dehumanization: Portraying them as disconnected from humanity, we reify them.As if they were inanimate objects one doesn’t feel empathy for.
3. Demonization: We project the epitome of evil on to them and they are replaced by a concept with the singular purpose of threatening our safety and existence. It then becomes easy, nay, imperative that we exterminate them.
People do absurd things in order to not feel pain, to not feel defeat. And in doing so, they carry on the legacy of their oppressor.
Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.
— Thomas Merton (New Seeds of Contemplation)
* White people