James O’Brien Deconstructs the Demand for Muslims to Apologise for #CharlieHebdo

An interesting exchange which can be listened too here with James O’Brien in which the demand for apology from Muslim is comprehensively deconstructed. For those who want to dig a little deeper, the notion of “identity” of a community and its underlying assumptions were reciprocated to expose the caller’s inherent bias. Simply put, one wouldn’t ask another community to do the same. Singling out Islam and Muslim is discriminatory and xenophobic. As an example, see the reactions to Rupert Murdoch’s incrimination of all Muslims. As already highlighted in the social sphere, racism is a social contruct which moulds, changes and reemerges in different guises, yet the underlying xenophobia remains the same. A quote from a previous blog written on xenophobia, is most apt:

Sri Lankan theorist on race, Ambalavener Sivanandan saw xenophobia emerging in Europe as:

bearing all the hallmarks of the old racism without the genetic underpinnings. It is “xeno” in form. It is racism that is meted out to impoverished strangers even if they are white. It is xeno-racism… racism never stands still. It changes shape, size, countours, purpose, function with changes in the economy, social structure, the system and above all, the challenges, the resistances, to that system.”

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