Your argument in a nut shell: Some people are racists that hate brown people. Some brown people are Muslim therefor any argument against Islam is racist because some people are racist. That, of course, is absurd.

Islamophobia gets Sikhs harassed and killed. Sikh men weren’t getting harassed, threatened, or shot and killed for being Muslim before Islamophobia experienced a sharp rise in the 21st Century following 9/11 (the very first victim of a 9/11 revenge killing in America was Sikh, not Muslim). If there were always these racists around and they are entirely independent of Islamophobia, why has the harassment of and violence toward Sikhs increased alongside Islamophobia? Why weren’t Sikhs always getting harassed and shot by white people at the same rate?

Because Islamophobia is racism, that’s why.

Nobody is born hating brown-skinned men with beards and turbans. Islamophobia foments and normalizes this and, therefore, is a racist practice. Sikh men of South Asian origin — not white men — have been victimized by this normalization of hate and, ergo, Islamophobia is inherently racist. If Islamophobia practiced by white people did not result in disproportionate violence and discrimination toward nonwhite people, it would be harder to label it racist, but it does.

Much as Sikh men are being targeted by bigots, Christian refugees from Syria and other areas in the Arab world are being rejected and denied immigration alongside Muslim refugees, yet Christians from other parts of the world not associated with Islam are not. This is quite obviously racist, since Syrian Christians aren’t Muslim and do not subscribe to Islamic ideology, yet are still barred from entry. As this racist political practice springs from Islamophobia, it means Islamophobia is racist.

A person may not think he or she is being racist by participating in a movement that ostensibly targets an ideology, but when people of color are disproportionately disenfranchised or subjected to violence as a result of that movement — even people of color whose beliefs and ideology have absolutely nothing to do with the ideology targeted by the movement — it’s a racist movement, and anyone participating in it is participating in a racist movement.

The issue here is that Islam is an ideology as well as a religion. Islamism is an entire form of governance. Now, not all Muslims are Islamists, but most have some Islamist ideals. Islam, unlike the other Abrahamic religions, is not reformed. To say that it’s racist to be against an ideology, a particularly violent and irrational ideology, is ridiculous.

Would you really say that a mosque in Paris that was founded to be inclusive toward LGBT and feminist communities, whose founder also established a group called “Homosexual Muslims of France” is less reformed than the Westboro Baptist Church?

It’s ignorant to categorically call Christians reformed and Muslims non-reformed when there are such glaring counterexamples to that obviously illusory paradigm in the real world, especially when you attempt to justify being anti-Islam as being against “a particularly violent and irrational ideology.”

This is precisely the type of hate that is created by movements like Islamophobia. Its adherents make categorical rejections of an entire group of people for perceived monolithic behavior, while simultaneously ignoring or excusing even worse behavior from other groups. When this results in injustices doled out asymmetrically to people of color, it is textbook systemic racism.

Your argument in a nut shell: Some people are racists that hate brown people. Some brown people are Muslim therefor any argument against Islam is racist because some people are racist. That, of course, is absurd.

Nope. You’re for sure the one making straw man arguments here.

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