Two days ago, Craig Considine tried to connect a bizarre attack on a Muslim woman in New York City to “Islamophobia” and racism, claiming that this is why he considers them one and the same.
A Muslim woman walking on the streets of NYC was literally lit on fire by a “stranger.” She was targeted based on her “traditional clothing,” or her physical appearance. Her body was used as a “text” of sort to categorize, label, and demonize. Her article of clothing – inextricably tied to her body and sense of self – was then used as a marker to commit an atrocious act of violence. Dots were connected between a body and Islam. The madman imagined her as a monster, and thought that he must set her on fire because of what she represented in his brain – whatever that might be. What we have here is a classic case of “cultural racism,” whereby people judge people’s physical appearance (the body, cultural symbols, articles of clothing, etc) and later judge and imagine an entire group of people as somehow representing an essential, static, backward, or potential dangerous religious or cultural identity. That is “cultural racism” at its finest. And that is why we say “Islamophobia is racism.”
DOCTOR Craig Considine is apparently a sociologist, who has glommed onto the social justice
bowel movement by claiming Muslim oppression under every bed and around every corner.
As a sociologist I focus on many topics including religious pluralism, Muslims in America, Islamophobia, Christian-Muslim relations, the life of Prophet Muhammad, race and ethnic relations, and the intersection between religion and nationalism. My doctoral dissertation on the experiences of young Pakistani men in Boston and Dublin has been turned into a book manuscript titled Pakphobia: Islam and Racism in the Pakistani Diaspora, to be published by Routledge – Taylor and Francis Group in 2017. I have another book – A Christian Finds the Muslim Faith – to be published in 2017 by Noura Books of Indonesia.
I always found sociologists’ work to be fascinating, but I have also found that objectivity is sorely lacking in this field and that sociologists desperately search for evidence to confirm their biases, rather than researching subject matter with an objective eye.
Maybe that’s why this particular cock sniffer didn’t bother with any further examination of the issue.
a) He made an assumption about the state of mind of the assailant – that he somehow tied her body to Islam – a fact not even remotely in evidence. And then he proceeded to explain why this state of mind, which he claims to have impacted the assailant’s actions equates to “cultural racism,” which has got to be the stupidest term ever invented, given the definition of “race.”
b) He didn’t bother finding out that this assailant and his buddy set two other women on fire that same night. One was white, and one was Hispanic. Same MO.
…detectives trying to identify the man in the black tank top who burned Al-Hinai and the man with him at the time have found surveillance video from an incident that occurred moments earlier, near E. 57th St.
The video shows the other man, clad in a white T-shirt, using a lighter to try to burn a white woman’s leg, but she backed up and avoided injury. She has not been located by police.
Both suspects then headed two blocks downtown, where they encountered Al-Hinai.
After that, police now say, the demented duo approached two Hispanic women near E. 42nd St. The suspect in the black tank top ignited his lighter and tried to burn one woman near her arm, but she managed to avoid getting hurt.
I know social justice howler monkeys like Considine are sitting around hoping it would be an evil, white Trump supporter targeting Muslim women on the streets of New York to provide confirmation bias to their claims of Muslim oppression. But that’s not to be. The assailant or assailants in this case were anything but.
And the attacks had nothing to do with Islam, although I realize it’s convenient to leave out and marginalize other female victims to support your poorly presented claims, DOCTOR.
However, I don’t expect a retraction or an apology from the good DOCTOR. Best to ignore anything that actually undermines your faulty hypothesis.
And CAIR – never one to let an incident slip by without screeching “ISLAMOPHOBIA!” is, of course, claiming this is Muslim hatred.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the attack on the tourist Tuesday, saying it was “the latest in a series of attacks on Muslims in that state and nationwide in recent days and months.” It’s offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
There you go, CAIR. Give that money to the police.
By the way, if you have kids studying sociology at Rice University, Considine is what’s teaching them – a person who uses a senseless and disgusting act of violence to push his specific social agenda without providing evidence for his contentions.
This is why you say “Islamophobia is racism?
This is why I say you’re full of shit, Considine.