Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

Posts tagged xenophobia

29 notes

Why do you want to leave Wyoming, Meg?
Oh, I don’t know, THIS. Y’know, that I’m not shocked AT ALL someone would make this comment to a member of the press working for the local NPR affiliate, or make a similar comment to the governor’s staff about Mexicans. As someone who’s freelanced in Wyoming for a decade, this happens all the time, especially when discussing the Wind River Reservation.
All the high-fives for those calling this crap out, especially J at the bottom. 

Why do you want to leave Wyoming, Meg?

Oh, I don’t know, THIS. Y’know, that I’m not shocked AT ALL someone would make this comment to a member of the press working for the local NPR affiliate, or make a similar comment to the governor’s staff about Mexicans. As someone who’s freelanced in Wyoming for a decade, this happens all the time, especially when discussing the Wind River Reservation.

All the high-fives for those calling this crap out, especially J at the bottom. 

Filed under Wyoming Racism Politics American Indians Fremont County xenophobia

174 notes

Mattress Firm refuses to sell to Muslim woman

Syeeda Hussaini has suffered from neck pain the past few years, to the extent that it’s difficult for her to drive and get a good night’s rest.

So on a recent weekend, she, her husband, and their three kids loaded up the car and drove less than a mile to Mattress Firm. Her husband, Mohammad, encouraged her to lie on different beds to see which one felt best.

She said the store manager approached, but oddly didn’t want to help. He told the family that he wouldn’t sell them a mattress for security reasons, she said.

Hussaini, 27, who is Muslim, covers all but her hands, feet and eyes in public to show respect for femininity and her religion. She said the manager told her she needed to show her face for service.

Hussaini wrote a letter to a regional representative of the company after the March 12 visit to the store. An official at Mattress Firm headquarters in Houston said the company “has a zero tolerance policy on racial and religious profiling.” Spokeswoman Sunni Goodman confirmed the encounter happened. “As soon as we were informed of the incident, we took appropriate action to address the situation,” she said. The manager no longer works for Mattress Firm.

Discrimination of all kinds is deplorable, but particularly disgusting in the form of pseudo-patriotism.

Filed under Islam Islamophobia Muslim xenophobia hatred