Reaction to Kennesaw State U’s ‘Year of the Arabian Peninsula’ racist bigotry understandable

unnamed-4S.M. Ghazanfar, Ph.D., of Acworth, is Economics professor emeritus and former director of International Studies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. He is teaching a course titled “Pluralism and Moderates in the Arabian Peninsula” as part of the “Year of the Arabian Peninsula” celebration at Kennesaw State University.

Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) — Not long ago, we moved to Georgia, after more than 50 years of residency in the Pacific Northwest. And we are gradually acclimatizing to Southern living. However, several recent letters in the MJD concerning KSU’s “Year of the Arabian Peninsula” are rather unsettling.

Yet, the racist bigotry expressed in them is understandable, given the historical conditioning (the Crusades, books, movies, TV, cartoons, etc.), media-hyperventilation, plus the rampant Islamophobia.

None needs be faulted, though, for that’s how “knowledge” (“learned ignorance”) has been transmitted over generations. And, compounding “Muslim” radicals’ ignorance with more ignorance is indeed an explosive mix; but, then, “ignorance is bliss,” after all…