Sunday, October 5, 2014

My letter to the NYTimes RE U.S. Is Trying to Counter ISIS’ Efforts to Lure Alienated Young Muslims

The Fighting-Bigotry-with-Delightful-Posters Campaign: "Guys! As of Sept. 2014, a really lame group of bigoted folks got together to post a bunch of hateful and defamatory ads about Muslims all over the New York City subway system. In response, we thought, why not post our own ads? Ads that aren’t hateful, but totally loving, hilarious, and/or ridiculous... We’ll be putting up posters throughout the New York City subway system, which transports over 5.5 million people a day. We’ll get a lot of eyeballs and by the time we’re done, well, NYC straphangers are gonna..."...READ MORE
RE U.S. Is Trying to Counter ISIS’ Efforts to Lure Alienated Young Muslims

Dear Editor,

I doubt extremists opting to admire IS/ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State/Da'esh propaganda go from being happy well adjusted kids to being homicidal maniacs in a blink.  Perhaps the Obama administration, the F.B.I., the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies, as well as concerned parents and community leaders and schools can work together to create an invasion of age appropriate memes and posters to help counter the hate mongering and misinformation campaigns which convince vulnerable youth to believe the worst about America and American ideals.

And perhaps corporate executives pocketing huge fortunes rather than paying their workers better wages, can help America's economy grow by voluntarily paying workers better wages so that all local school districts are much more likely to have the funds for teachers as well as for art, music and athletic programs.  Different children have different needs and different gifts.  There won't be one magic answer, or one perfect meme, but there can be a concerted effort to do better for everyone by everyone.  

Giving credit where credit is due, I confess I borrowed the basic idea of countering hate with a meme or a poster from the brilliant Dean Obeidallah, a Palestinian/Italian/American lawyer turned political comedian and writer who uses his talent, his wit and his good humor to help combat Islamaphobia and pervasive misinformation about Palestinians. Last year he came out with a great comedy documentary THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! which was crowd sourced by KickStarter.  This year he launched a light hearted albeit very serious Comedy Jihad to counter hate monger Pam Geller’s subway and bus poster campaign . Obeidallah says "I defend Geller’s right to spew hate. I despise it with every fiber of my being, but freedom of speech is vital to our nation.".... so he is using free speech to counter the hate, creating ads in a Fight Bigotry with Delightful Posters Campaign.  Now that's a magnificent way to win a war of ideas!

Anne Selden Annab

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