Terrorism & Scapegoating Communities Why You Should Not Do It?

On a recent post in the forums some asked do we think that the Muslim community is dangerous?

What a stupid question to ask, I mean thats like saying all Christians are homophobic and all Germans are Nazis.....THIS IS NOT TRUE!!!!!

Islam means peace and you can not scapegoat a whole community because of the actions of extremists, we have extremists in all religions and all walks of life, how can you honestly say that a whole community is to blame for the actions of misguided idiots?

The Nazis came to power in 1933 through racial hatred, not everyone agreed with them and not everyone liked what they were doing thats why we went to war, and yet we still blame the German people. Well I am sorry to burst your bubbles but Hitler was an extremist along with the nazi party and he and his followers were to blame for the holocaust not an entire community.

In America you have the KKK and various other groups who are evil white supremacists are we to scape goat the whole of america and say that you are all members of that group? No because we know that they are extremists and not everyone believes in what they stand for and not everyone is evil. Abraham Lincoln said "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves" when he went to war with the deep south to abolish slavery...

I think people should learn that terrorists have no religion, they only have hatred, bigotry and are apathetic to the true meaning of religion, love, caring and understanding. Please stop scapegoating I mean we know that some people in the religious circles state that being gay is a lifestyle and a sin in the eyes of god, How do they know? have they actually met god, talked to him, and what makes them feel that they can judge - this is because they are extremists and not preaching christianity only a twisted view but you can not say that all christians are like this because we know that they are not like that and actually are acceptant and tolerant of all men and women.

I hope that you understand me when I say "Yes Terrorism is wrong and unforgivable, but you can not blame an entire community for the actions of an extremist.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Great hub and well said!

It is horrible to see whole cultures blamed for the atrocious acts of a minority. It is equally horrible to see people who profess to follow a loving faith, sit in judgement on others in such a cruel way. No one on this planet will ever be good enough to judge anyone else. I think we should concentrate our energies on improving ourselves before we look at, what we ignorantly believe, are the faults others have.


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calpol25 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

Thank you Seeker7 I got so annoyed at the forum post that I had to write this hub. I agree whole heartedly with what you have said about what we ignorantly believe, and many thanks for your comment.


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Not bad. I am not sure what you mean by the Nazis coming to power through racial hatred or perhaps you are saying more than you know.

If not for the French and Belgium troops stomping into the Ruhr in Germany in the 1920s because the Germans were a bit late in reparation payments Hitler wouldn't have stood a chance getting any real power.

If the Treaty of Versailles had been fairer to the Germans the Nazis would have stayed a tiny party of beer gulpers and no one would care about their anti-Jewish views. If the British had not stopped food and medical supplies from reaching a starving Germany from August 1918 till the signing of the treaty in 1919 then Germany might have not only gone into peace mode but actually stayed there.

A lot of things came together to propel Hitler and the Nazis to power. Racism from without and from within Germany. Bad feelings all round. Hitler's conquests were not stopped until Poland because a lot of the territory Hitler was claiming was territory taken away from Germany by a treaty no one believed in anymore.

As for blame for the holocaust, it cannot, as you say, be laid at the feet of every German. There were actually Germans in power who 'accidentally' sent trains that were supposed to go to extermination camps elsewhere. There was one member of the Nazi fraternity, Schindler, who went out of his way to save lives. He has a tree growing in his honor in Israel to this day. He wasn't much of a Nazi or a businessman but he was an okay human being.


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calpol25 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

What I meant was that the nazis came to power using the Jews as a scapegoat for all the wrong doings that happened in germany and blaming them for all most everything. Their hatred of every group that did not conform to the idea of a german reich lead to the deaths of millions...

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novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

Great hub. I totally agree with you. Terrorism doesn't have a religion or a colour but scapegoating breeds terrorism and hatred. If you were blamed continuously for something that you didn't do, maybe one day you would freak out and do something that you never intended to do. Same as not every german was a Nazi. I pity the German people who still have to live in the shadow of their terrible past. We shouldn't blame children for the bad things that their grandparents did. We should try to learn from our past mistakes in order to create a more peaceful world.


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calpol25 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

A huge thankyou novascotiamiss for reading my hub and for your comment, you are exactly right, I hate people that scapegoat its just so wrong and immoral. :)


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

In my comments I was just pointing out that many Germans felt themselves to be the scapegoats at the end of WW1 and well into the 1930s. Many were out of work and could not afford three square meals a day. Hitler came along and the Nazis had bread and soup kitchens going for the poor and then they engineered jobs. They got the factories going again. People who originally despised the Nazi attitude toward the Jews then saw the Nazis in a different light. At least they were pulling Germany out of the doldrums created by poverty and inflation. By the time many of those people realized they were going to get into a major war they couldn't possibly win it was way too late. It was a form of manipulation of the people based on the desperate need to belong to something great and to make something of one's life that I believe could work today. Yes, it is the blame game but it is good to know some of the details such as how it worked.

Scapegoating can have a rippling effect. Similar to tossing a stone in a pond. Its like the story I read back when I was in my teens of a husband who hits his wife because his boss docked him for messing up and she in turn smacked her child for a minor offense and when the girl's dolly fell off the bed the dolly got smacked for that.

It was terrible what happened to the Jews, the Communists, the Gypsies, the Slavic people and, yes, the gays but having as much of the detail of why and how it all came about might stop it happening in the future. My thoughts at any rate.

As for the majority of Muslims living in the USA, Britain, Australia, etc they need better and more positive P.R. right now. One thing the Nazis did before the extermination camps and way before the concentration camps got fully up and running was to isolate the Jews from public life. Jews could not sit on park benches reserved for others, etc. Jews were even banned from the theater. You get the picture. Once a grouping is isolated all sorts of things might be said about them and those things might be true. When minorities are out in the open and can be seen as being both good and bad then it is harder to manipulate others to be be racist, sexist or whatever toward them. This goes for gays.


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novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

Rod, another good example would be Apartheid. Amazing, it was not long ago and lasted for many years. White people growing up in South Africa didn't really find much wrong with it, because it was normal to them. You get used to many things if you grow up in a certain environment. Also, because of the race separation they didn't really have to see what was going on. It is important that we stop such movements in their tracks.


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calpol25 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

Thanks novascotiamiss I agree with you whole heartedly we must stop those movements in their tracks...


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Yes, novascotiamiss Apartheid would be a good example. White people growing up in South Africa were afraid of change. Apartheid was normal for them and what they could envision with its removal was blood in the streets - their blood.

Part of breaking down apartheid was to convince the white people that it was not only wrong but that the removal of apartheid could be done relatively peacefully.

Yes you do get used to many things if you grow up in a certain environment.

One of America's founding fathers said this about slavery: "Its like holding a wolf by the ears. You don't like it but you don't dare let go."

Yes, because of the race separation a lot of white South Africans really didn't know what was going on, how others had to live but many of them didn't want to know. Shining a light on what was happening in South Africa helped. The world media did that.

The Church in South Africa put forward the idea that the transition could be done without a great deal of violence which also had its appeal.

Going back to what I was saying earlier, good P.R. can't hurt and it can do a lot of good. My thoughts at any rate.


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calpol25 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

I certainly agree there Rod :-)

Thanks for commenting.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Excellent article. I am going to link this one to several of my hubs. Hope i can send some traffic in your direction. dw


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calpol25 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

Thank you very much DW, thats very kind of you am glad that you like my article too. :-)


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alian346 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I agree with Rod Marsden - it was all of the circumstances the German people found themselves in after WW1 that led them to a 'strong' leader who proved to be one of the most corrupt of all time.

The sheepish nature of much of the human race and the 'need' to conform can be very scary. It takes a brave individual to break that mould. There are people who say the most awful racist or homophobic or whatever things and then you ask them about their black or gay neighbours and they will say 'Oh! That's Johnny - he's fine!' Stereotyping is rife - don't read redtops or read sites devoted to bigotry and hatred on the net!

I understand COMPLETELY where you're coming from, Callum.

Ian.


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

HI Ian thank you for reading this hub, it am so glad that you understand where I am coming from and I agree also with your comment too :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

a lot of people do not know what they say, you are so right there are a lot of misguided idiots in every religion and every country and so on an so on. another great hub

I am so glad i found you on Google

Debbie


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

I'm so glad we see things in the same light x I was afraid that I may upset some one with my thoughts x I couldn't agree more with you though x misguided fools are everywhere but it's up to us if we listen to them. I can tell you're like me and see and say things how they really are so we avoid the misguided ones all together x thank you for commenting and I look forward to reading your future ones. All the best. Callum x

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