People are getting used to seeing brown, bearded, and headscarved people go through extra barriers to get on a plane. Even we, ourselves, are getting used to the rationale of Islamophobia and are starting to accept the ridiculous security hurdles we are subjected to as a consequence of “global Islamic terrorism.”
Now, even though I have yet to be kicked off of a plane, I have the great pleasure of being on a government blacklist, the Secondary Security Screening Selection (SSSS) list.
That's like, two times worse than Nazis. Anyway, let's start the count.
As a frequent traveler, I became accustomed to the violence that comes with being on the SSSS list, yet realized that many people are still completely unaware of what it entails. Given the drastic increase in harassment and forced removal of Muslim and Middle-Eastern appearing individuals from planes, I want to highlight the lesser-known violences we are enduring at the hands of airport security – the ritualized, swallow your pride, and don’t-you-dare-resist torment of airport security.
Two so far.
I realized that it didn’t matter whether it was my religion, skin color, national origin, politics, or whatever other illegitimate reason they use to legitimatize this violence. The psychological torment that comes with traveling is guaranteed for those targeted by the U.S. security apparatus, particularly for Muslim women who are already conditioned to accept state violence.
This systematization of Islamophobic violence is no coincidence.
You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.
Total count: Five.
She believes in a diabolical religion that glorifies war against non-Muslims, allows sex slaves, stones adulterers, hangs homosexuals and sanctions death for those who dare to leave the filthy ideology.
Yet, here she is, crying like a hypocritical, deceitful, little bitch over the ridiculous security hassles she has to go through -- the catalyst for which was a dark day in September 2001. That was violence.