I don’t know what has to happen to a person to make them write off an entire group of people due to the actions of a few individuals. The Right, especially the Neocons, have been vehemently expressing their hate for all Muslims since about 9:00AM on September 11, 2001. And this is not the subtle racism of my grandparent’s generation, which is still wrong but at least acknowledges that racism is wrong. It is a meaner, deeper, angrier racism than has existed publicly for a long time. It is also more disturbing to those of us who know that baseless hate breeds pointed hate in return.
I understand how Tunku Varadarajan could come up with the phrase and I certainly understand that he thought he was being clever (but come on, no one even says going postal anymore). But it demonstrates a poor national intellectual capacity when people begin undercutting each other in an effort to appeal to the most basic human understanding. People don’t like when things are complicated. It is a lot easier to write off a race, ethnicity, or religion – when it is different from your own – than to learn enough about a situation to direct your dislike towards those who actually earned it. For a nation founded on religious and tolerance freedom, it is pretty shameful that we’ve fallen to such sweeping responses to imagined threats.