Skip to comments.Discrimination Olympics: Meddling with Muslims in Sochi
Posted on 02/17/2014 7:20:20 PM PST by cunning_fish
Sochi's more than 20,000 Muslims helped build the infrastructure and stages for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, where Muslim athletes from a range of participating nations will compete within these multi-million-dollar stadia, slopes, and structures, vying for gold and the glory that comes with Olympic victory.
However, for Muslims in Sochi, the rampant Islamophobia has cast a shadow of concern and danger during these Olympic Games. Coverage of the Sochi games mentions Islam and Muslims exclusively in the form of terrorist threat , head-scarved " black widows ", and, the familiar conflation of religious observance with national security concerns.
While the Opening Ceremony showcased the well-crafted face of a " New Russia ", age-old Russian hate toward the LGBTQ community, and indeed, both indigenous and visiting Muslims, are also prominently displayed in Sochi.
During its buildup, NBC's Bob Costas stated that the Sochi Games will, "take place against a backdrop of questions about policy differences, security, cost overruns and human rights issues, including Russia's anti-gay propaganda law".
The firestorm against Sochi's brazen homophobia leading up and during the Olympics was fierce, capped by President Barack Obama sending a US delegation led by openly gay athletes . The message, from news desks and the Oval Office, was clear - the US opposed the structural homophobia built into the Sochi Olympics.
No similar statements were made of the pervasive Islamophobia encircling the Games. Rather, the media and political rhetoric in the US toward Muslims and Islam are aligned with those of Russia, and linked inextricably to terrorism. American misalignment with Russia's per se homophobia, and its converging interests with Moscow's framing of Muslim threat, highlights the ever more relevant observation of Derrick Bell, who held that: "Domestic civil rights policies are only promoted when they advance majoritarian (white) interests abroad."
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Yes the islamics are famous for their treatment of the lg...
Soooo, what’s your point!? :-)
Pretty funny when you think about it. Muslims would kill homosexuals if they were in charge. All Russians want to do is keep homosexuals away from kids, and keep people informed on who is doing terrorist bombings(muslims).
I don’t get it, why is everyone so suspicious of muslims?
Derrick Bell? DERRICK BELL?! LOL! Al-Stupido is quoting a racist and complaining about racism when the majority of those muslims “working” in Sochi are paler than you and I.
I know there are various shooting sports in O. but i didn’t know there was a suicide bomb event. Do the muzzies own that event with gold, silver and bronze medals? Does someone put the winners heads on the tiered podium so they can get their awards?
boo frickin hoo. Interesting how Al Jezeera always finds a way to make it about islamophobia.
So what does Al-Jazeera think of “gay marriage,” I wonder?
Behave like rabid dogs, be treated like rabid dogs.
Who killed Jews at the Munich Olympics? Muslims!
Muslim athletes? Now THERE is a contradiction in terms.
The moozlums are just upset that they have not been able to blow dozens of athletes into a bloody pulp. Poor losers, I guess.
Hey Khaled, don’t tell us, tell Vlad.
He’d be more than happy to hear you out.
:: snort ::
Like throat cutting and be-heading and Bombing churches and synagogs and killing the so called “infedels”. Sports of the great religion.
The scary thing to me would be to know that muslims
built the facilities. Who knows what they built in?
If the shoe fits.....
choose to be an adherent of a violent abusive intolerant
6th century pseudo religion that openly advocates for the
murder of ANYONE who refuses to submit then you have no
body to blame but yourself when you are treated as a violent
abusive murdering animal.
Mainly because every terrorist attack for 1400 years was implemented for and by Muslim jihadists...
Did I miss something? Was it the Catholic Youth Association that issued threats against the Olympics? Islamaphobia? My butt.
Not every terrorist attack. OK City and Northern Ireland come to mind. Muslims probably only account for 99.8% of attacks....
It takes a certain talent to be able to swim in a burqa and not drown.
I once saw an old woman lift up her veil to look at the produce in our local town. I was next to her and she looked up at me. OOooooo, OOOGLY, hardly any teeth, rheumy eyes, all bent over and the smell. I could describe MANY things about the middle east but it was IMPOSSIBLE to describe the SMELL