Americans reacted by immediately doubling the number of “hate-searches” that called Muslims “terrorists”, “bad”, “violent”, and “evil.”
Pouring even more poison into the well, US hate-searches about Syrian refugees surged by 60 percent while “help-searches” plunged by 35 percent. While nearly every pro-Muslim search plummeted, nearly every anti-Muslim search skyrocketted. Searches for the keywords “Kill Muslims” tripled.
Stephens-Davidovitz also notes that in a typical year in the US, hate searches for “n-----” jokes are 17 times for common than searches for jokes with the most common slurs against Jewish, East Asian, Latinx, and queer people combined. They also increase whenever corporate news focuses on African-Americans (including when they are tremendously suffering, as after 2005’s cataclysmic Hurricane Katrina).
However, when Obama said, during the above-cited televised speech, that Muslim Americans are “our friends… neighbours… co-workers… sports heroes … our men and women in uniform … willing to die in defence of our country,” Stephens-Davidovitz notes that, “for the first time in more than a year, the top Googled noun after ‘Muslim’ was not ‘terrorists’, ‘extremists’, or ‘refugees’. It was ‘athletes’, followed by ‘soldiers’.”
During a subsequent event, Obama mostly discussed how many African-Americans had West African Muslim ancestry, that US icons such as Thomas Jefferson owned copies of the Holy Qur’an, and that Muslim-Americans ranged from top architects to friendly neighbourhood firefighters. “Many of the hateful, rageful searches against Muslims,” says Stephens-Davidovitz, “dropped in the hours afterwards.”
That’s why African-Canadian students (and teachers) deserve an Africentric education. Whereas “anti-racism” simply teaches people what not to do, say, or think, Africentric education analyzes brilliance from 5000 years of African civilizations, geniuses, and peak-performers in every field so that students of all backgrounds receive far richer case-studies and data-sets for how to achieve excellence and who is already doing so.