My piece from last night on Rep. Keith Ellison’s testimony has generated loads of debate. For part of my argument, I used a risky tactic — I relied on, as it were, the dog that didn’t bark. In this case, that was the lack of archived newspaper reports, angry bloggers, etc., accusing Hamdani of being a terrorist. If the climate was what Keith Ellison insinuated — all sorts of nasty rumors circulating about Hamdani just because he was Muslim, etc. — those dogs should have barked.
And I didn’t hear them barking. And others didn’t either, and followed my conclusion that Ellison’s speech was pretty phony. So Media Matters and others took up the challenge. They offer several rebuttals. First, their main trump card is…the very same New York Post article cited and chewed over in my own piece. So that fails as a refutation. Media Matters also cites a New Yorker article from December, 2002. But this one celebrates Hamdani and claims he was defamed. In other words, the New Yorker piece is just another after-the-fact replication of the emergent narrative of Hamdani’s ill-treatment, rather than an original source demonstrating the fact. Same with the New York Times eulogy, which others cite. It replicates the narrative, without telling us who exactly did this defaming.
Mr. Hamdani took the police test and did well, according to government officials. His aunt said he had recently graduated from Queens College.
At the family’s house, where Mr. Hamdani lived with his parents and a younger brother, an American flag fluttered in the breeze, its pole attached to the front porch behind a neatly kept lawn.
The family van displayed another flag on its antenna, and a ‘’God Bless America’’ bumper sticker.
So this (“…an American flag fluttered in the breeze…”) is supposed to be the proof of the climate of anti-Muslim hatred against Hamdani? #more#
If my facts are wrong, I want to correct them. But so far I’ve mostly seen angry gestures from people who are strangely committed to a dubious narrative of victimization where the facts show a story of inclusion.
Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a hero who was highly and justly honored by an America that came together post-9/11. He should be remembered that way.