Tivon Mull | Chicago Reader

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Re: “In Ultra American, Azhar Usman sings the Muslim-American blues

!. but he offers those tropes as admiration, not as condemnation. You are choosing to see them that way.
2. Yes, thereby pointing out the racism of the audience, not his own.
3. Perhaps. But then, even if objectionable, it doesn't rise to the level of bigotry.
4. I did. To sarcastically describe your take.

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Posted by Tivon Mull on 09/15/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “In Ultra American, Azhar Usman sings the Muslim-American blues

or to put it differently, and to paraphrase your comment above - there are arguments against the stance that Usman has taken, but implying that he holds his positions due to unanalyzed bigotry is also both prejudice and rhetorical evasion.

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Posted by Tivon Mull on 09/15/2016 at 1:25 PM

Re: “In Ultra American, Azhar Usman sings the Muslim-American blues

Perhaps you're projecting. Because Usman goes out of his way to distinguish the two in the act. It's actually a take on the 'familiar slander' regarding Jews controlling the media. It takes that bigoted position and turns it on its head. He practically says as much - drawing attention to the distinction. It is the reason, in fact, that you left the 'Jewish' descriptive outside of the quotation marks in your paragraph. because he never actually says what you describe. His actual discussion of Jewish people, rather - which you kind of gloss over - is filled with admiration. And at great detail. You may have found that patronizing, but to state that there is uninspected prejudice at play (when all contextual evidence points to the contrary) reduces legitimate criticism and absolves the critic of meaningful response because "hey! latent anti-semistism here".

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Posted by Tivon Mull on 09/15/2016 at 1:14 PM

Re: “In Ultra American, Azhar Usman sings the Muslim-American blues

Or maybe it is not a rhetorical evasion. Maybe he truly separates the two like most sane people. Maybe he's not the one with uninspected prejudices.

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Posted by Tivon Mull on 09/15/2016 at 10:40 AM

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