this is the picture of Anders Behring Breivik–a white, Christian, racist European mass murderer ……

this is the picture of Anders Behring Breivik–a white, Christian, racist European mass murderer, today at a Norwegian court facing charges for his heinous crime–the picture is so vile that one is instantly inclined to turn one’s face away from it–but we must look at it: for decades Western European and North American mass media have turned the face of Arabs and Muslims into the singular insignia of terrorism and criminality–putting millions of Muslims around the globe on the defensive for the horrors perpetrated by a few–Breivik is a criminal, and his identity stops with him–he does not implicate any other white, Christian, European male. He just represents himself–just like Osama bin Laden. Stop racially profiling Arabs and Muslims!

(Hamid Dabashi is Hagop Kevorkian Professor Iranstudies en Vergelijkende Literatuurwetenschap aan de Columbia Universiteit in New York).

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