by Ahmed Tharwat
Rep. Rashida Tlaib responded to her “impeach the motherf—er” comment:
” … I want you to know that I will never apologize for being me, and for being passionate and upset” ,coming from a color, Arab woman, you got to love it!
The hysterical reactions to Rep. Tlaib using M word, the mother of all cussing, mad everyone wondering; is she going to apology, Is it helpful, How this going to heart the new left and democratic party agenda; from Conservatives, and liberals, media, fox news and CNN, from mosques and churches pulpits, republicans and democrats, men and women, all showing in a degree of outrage or rather. Why all this outrage to Rep. Tlaib comments that took place in a bar to a group of her supporters, celebrating the first Palestinian Arab , Muslim women elected to congress. People say worse than that in sport bars and restaurants.
This wasn’t on national TV or at the White House. “… I’m very passionate for fighting for us, .. I want to tell all women out there, be yourself, not hold back don’t think you can’t get passionate and angry… ” she insisted injecting sexism and double standard used to box women in a traditional role and control not just her body but also her mouth!
Most the outrage came from the very same people who voted for a man who makes a life and a fortunate from degrading women and using vulgarity and profanity as a political strategy. A man who once daid on a national TV, he would date his own daughter, if he wasn’t married, being her father in his sick mind wasn’t an issue. We live in a world now synthesized to potty-language, accustomed to a president who bragged about grabbing women by the P*–Y, as “boys will be boys, and it is just locker room banter.”
Lots of pundits are trying to paint new elected, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as the radical left who is going to shake and bring down the democratic party. The democratic party has been kidnapped by wall street democrats of Clinton and Obama and need to be shaken anyway.
However, Rep. Talib is rally shaking American stereotype of Arabs and Muslims, she is shaking the demagoguery of Trump, she is the kind of person that keeps Trump and his supporters up at night, she is their worst nightmare, she is a woman, a Muslim a black, and an Arab Palestinian; and nothing scares Americans like an Angry Arab. Americans have been serotyping Arabs for years, led by Hollywood and mainstream media, confusing being passionate with being angry, an emotional breakdown. Arabs, like blacks, native Americans before them, are painted as hopeless angry people, … just can’t use civilized means and words in problems solving, unlike us whites.
This orientalist views of Arabs, is old and flat racist. Rep. Talib explained that her passion got the worst of her, I beg the difference, I think it got the best of her, an inspiration not just for women of color, but for us all Arabs and Muslims . Helping in breaking the angry stereotype Arab, we need to own it, we need tell ourselves it is ok to be angry, it is ok to be passionate. “if you aren’t angry you aren’t paying attention ,” one once said.
Lots of Americans aren’t paying attentions to the real cussing profanity, and political vulgarity around us, sending white men accused of rape and sexual assaults to White House and Supreme court, from billions of dollars xenophobic wall, banning Muslims, racism, and police brutality, shutting down government for millions of average workers while cutting tax to a few with insane wealth.
Arab and Muslims in this country need to stand up and let their voice heard loud and clear, not be intimidate by trumpets demagoguery and Islamophobia, get involved in politics and protest run for offices or support ones who is, be another Ilhan Omar and as angry as Rep. Talib, stop that motherF***r and his supports from ruining what minorities in this country have accomplished and gained in the last 50 years.
Democracy is judged by three things, freedom, rule of laws and protecting the right of minorities not those of the super rich and wall street jihadists.
This is not just Civil rights issues, but human rights issues, the right to live free with dignity. The same rights that Arabs living, in the most oppressive region in the world asked for When they got angry, Arab Spring, where millions, revolted, went to the street to protest and be loud, demanding real change, demanding the toppling of rotten, despotic regimes. They may not articulated their demand that Reb Tlaib did, but like her none the less they were angry as hell and they couldn’t take it anymore. They didn’t chant in the street of Tunisia, Cairo, Damascus, Sanaa, with the colorful language of Reb Tlaib, Impeach M***r word, but they simply said “Erhel.” Leave.
As the polish sociologist, Zygmunt Bauman, said “Madness is not madness when shared!!