Miscellaneous: A Nation of Hypocrites

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As with many issues, our country seems to be divided. Everyone tends to see things in a perspective of either being ‘good’ or ‘bad’, strictly in a binary sense. Through this political cartoon, there is a discussion of two “hot topics” in current news. The topic of gun control and the immigration ban.

The United States of America reveals itself to be a nation of hypocrites once again through this depiction shown above. Since the attack that occurred on September 11, 2001, our nation has felt a lot of unease. A misconception that many people had pre-9/11 was that “it could never happen to us.” But attitudes have changed since then, in the post-9/11 world all Muslim people have been stereotyped to be extremists. Anti-Muslim rhetoric continues to flood the media. And, more recent attacks have also incited a great amount of fear and Islamophobia, which has led to a push for a “Muslim ban”. However, one aspect of the issue that this political cartoon highlights is the fact that there have been numerous of shotings at the hands of white citizens, such as the Aurora shooting at the movie theater or the Charleston church shooting, but rarely does anyone use that to push an agenda that classifies all white people as terrorists. In the media, these shooters are seen to be individuals whose actions should not represent an entire group. But, unfortunately, Muslim people do not receive the same benefit of the doubt.

In order to grow as a nation, the country needs to stop picking and choosing when they want to be an advocate for certain issues. This is political cartoon shows another instance of how the media plays a role in shaping public opinion, but also how public opinion shapes the media.

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