More Angry Brown People on the News

// January 8th, 2008 // Blog

I switch on the TV,
and flip to BBC News 24.

I see images of angry, brown men,
holding up home-made placards,
shouting incoherent slogans,
setting fire to things.

I think to myself:
“Has the Pope made another speech?”
“More cartoons mocking the Prophet, sallalahu 'alayhi wa salam?”
“Perhaps the teddy bear now has a wife named Khadija?”

Turns out,
it was just about the Cricket.

If religion “is the opiate of the people”*,
then Sport is their crack cocaine.

*For the sake of interest and education, here is Karl Marx's quote in context (courtesy of Wikipedia):

Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man—state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.
Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the Opiate of the people. [Emphasis added]
The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

10 Responses to “More Angry Brown People on the News”

  1. iMuslim says:

    Btw, this entry wasn’t a poem. I just felt like writing it out this way. {shrugs} :)

  2. Assalamu Alaikum. Lols ;)

  3. Sumera says:

    Cricket and desi’s…sheesh

  4. I don’t see what the big deal is. Singh is a good player and India has had a relatively good run. Mind you, forget about the fact that race was involved in this incident. You should have mentioned that at least.

  5. I don’t see what the big deal is. Singh is a good player and India has had a relatively good run. Mind you, forget about the fact that race was involved in this incident. You should have mentioned that at least.

  6. iMuslim says:

    I wasn’t actually commenting on the case in hand, but rather the reaction to it by some “extremist” Cricket fans. I acknowledge that most Cricket fans, and players, are law-abiding, peace loving people, but we really have to deal with these fundementalists. I call on all moderate Cricket enthusiasts to denounce the irrational behaviour of the radicalists within their midst. However, they must also admit that this sport does have the potential to encourage violence, and so should make efforts to bring their outdated practices in line with modern day values, in order that they may adequately integrate into their host societies.

    Ahem.

  7. AnonyMouse says:

    Hahaha, the third and fourth paragraphs… perfect!
    And the above comment – brilliant!

    You should send it out to all the major media outlets… I wonder what their reactions would be… hah!

  8. Faraz says:

    I call on all moderate Cricket enthusiasts to denounce the irrational behaviour of the radicalists within their midst. However, they must also admit that this sport does have the potential to encourage violence, and so should make efforts to bring their outdated practices in line with modern day values, in order that they may adequately integrate into their host societies.

    This was indeed brilliant. :)

  9. Lucyp says:

    Firstly, i agree with everyone else , was a great comment.
    Secondly, are you after my crazy communist nutter position by quoting Karl Marx?

  10. iMuslim says:

    Hmm, a communist Muslim… isn’t that an oxymoron? :D

    I wrote down the quote, and then realized that i wasn’t actually sure if i had recalled it correctly. So I looked it up on Dr Google, which brought up the Wikipedia entry. I found it to be an interesting passage, so i thought i’d share it with y’all.

    I don’t know very much about political philosophy, and don’t pretend to understand all the concepts… but i think it’s good to be familar with alternative view points, even if it’s just so you know how to argue against them. ;)

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