Riddle: What’s the Difference Between a Sikh and a Ay-rab?
Aw, sheeit, Clem, them swarthy furriners all look alike. They both have beards and wear turbans. They both talk funny and they both attacked us on 9/11.
When you combine racial hatred with bone-stupid ignorance, this is what happens.
Last March in Elk Grove, CA, two elderly Sikh men were gunned down while they were out strolling (in the daytime) in their own neighborhood. Since the 9/11 attacks there’s been a huge increase in the number of hate crimes against Sikhs. A spokesman for the Sikh Coalition, a civil rights group, said:
“When people look at me with a turban and beard, the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘that guy looks like Osama bin Laden.’”
Sikhs are from India and practice their own 500-year-old religion — Sikhism — which is completely unrelated to Islam. But try explaining that to a mouth-breathing redneck.
And today’s redneck story out of Arizona (or is that a redundancy?): Arizona state rep. Lori Klein was showing off her gun to a journalist who was interviewing her. They were talking about her views on gun control, and right in the middle of their conversation, she pulled out her raspberry-pink .380 Ruger and said “isn’t it cute” while pointing it at the reporter’s chest.
The gun was loaded and she didn’t have the safety on. But not to worry — “I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger.”