Attorney General Eric Holder praised the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for their efforts in combating anti-Muslim backlash that emerged in the right-wing media soon after the Boston Marathon attacks occurred.
Holder said, “Just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities – the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation.”
Eric Holder merely highlighted the work of the ADL in protecting Muslims, especially in America, from the anti-Islamic rhetoric, which was quite (evident) and inevitable after the Boston bombings. There was nothing more to his speech.
Megyn Kelly from Fox News, on the other hand, was not happy with what Holder had to say. She said that it was quite ‘offensive’ that Americans were being asked to not react against the Muslim community after three lives were lost and dozens of people got injured in the explosions.
Kelly was also of the opinion, that there has been no backlash against the Muslims as such.
Maybe Kelly has not been reading the news lately but anti-Islamic reaction from most of the right wingers in the media and in general emerged in news reports and all over the social media.
When Republican Peter King said it was time to recognize the real threat to the United States that comes from Islamic Terrorism and law enforcement must keep a heightened focus on Muslim communities, he was sort of targeting the whole Muslim population in America.
When notorious Islamophobic blogger Pamela Geller wrote a discriminatory blog about Muslims following the arrest of a Saudi national, it was backlash. Glenn Beck is still adamant that the Saudi national is tied to the attacks and Erik Rush was probably one of the first media personalities to initiate anti-Muslim rhetoric after the explosions when he tweeted that all Muslims in the world deserve to be killed. The New York Post didn’t hesitate to misidentify and publish a story about a Moroccan-American as one of the ‘bag men’.
Other than this, a lot of hate speech can be viewed on the internet against Muslims following the Boston attacks. We wonder why Kelly doesn’t think of all these reactions as a strong backlash against Muslims.
Not all Americans have reacted negatively towards Muslims. Also, Muslims from countries like Afghanistan and Syria have responded with great compassion after the Boston Marathon attacks. Indeed there has been a lot of positivity around but to downright deny the fact that there hasn’t been any backlash is absurd and ignorant.
You can watch Megyn Kelly’s reaction to Eric Holder’s speech in the video below: