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Fighting the tide of Internet racism

January 4, 2002 | Page 4

Dear Socialist Worker,

The other day, someone sent me a racist cartoon via e-mail. The cartoon characterized Arabs as technology-hating, anti-American buffoons. This is only one example of the many racist e-mails that I've seen since September 11.

Before September 11, inroads had been made against racist jokes and comments in the workplace and at school. But bigots have used the attacks as a cover for hate.

Now, it seems that it's considered okay to distribute openly racist caricatures and articles. There are even computer games where the goal is to shoot turban-wearing Afghans, camels and Osama bin Laden. We can't stand for this!

In response to the e-mail, I replied to all of its recipients. I compared the racist cartoon with those used against the Japanese during the Second World War. I got many supportive e-mails in response.

We must turn back the tide of hate and take a stand against racism. That's why I wear the ISO's "Being Arab Is Not a Crime" button for everyone to see.

John Green, Davis, Calif.

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