CultureKitchen: Lynch Mobbing 2.0 : On “Hussein” as the new “Nigger”

CultureKitchen

Lynch Mobbing 2.0 : On “Hussein” as the new “Nigger”

Khaled Hosseini is the author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, and he has some strong opinions about the use of “Hussein” as a dirty word and a call to violence against Barack Obama :

What I find most unconscionable is the refusal of the McCain-Palin tandem to publicly condemn the cries of “traitor,” “liar,” “terrorist” and (worst of all) “kill him!” that could be heard at recent rallies. McCain is perfectly capable of telling hecklers off. But not once did he or his running mate bother to admonish the people yelling these obscene — and potentially dangerous — words. They may not have been able to hear the slurs at the rallies, but surely they have had ample time since to get on camera and warn that this sort of ugliness has no place in an election season. But they have not. Simply calling Obama “a decent person” is not enough.

Is inaction tantamount to consent? The McCain campaign certainly thinks so when it comes to Obama and incendiary remarks from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. By their own inaction, then, are McCain and Palin condoning these slurs? Or worse, are they willfully inciting the angry and venomous response that we have been witnessing at their rallies?

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