My title looks ridiculous, but you’ll understand as you keep reading.
Last week, I caught up with a friend and we had a conversation about ISIS. She said, “I wouldn’t underestimate ISIS. They have a pretty good PR campaign going on.”
Without thinking, I blurted out, “What?”
She elaborated, “These people are not some old men living in a cave. They are really good at reaching out and recruiting people through the internet. All their propaganda videos, articles, etc. They are internet savvy!”
“Ohhh. Yes, you’re right! I think it’s even easier for them now that there is so much hate and discrimination towards the Muslim population.”
“Yes. That’s exactly what ISIS wants. They want all the Muslims to know that their enemy is The West. Their message is probably something like this:
The West will never accept you.
The West will never respect your beliefs.
The West will treat you like shit.
Don’t believe me? Just watch.
BUT if you join us, we will fight for our God.
You will live a life of glory.”
I stared at her, slightly stunned.
“You’re right!….I mean, look at all these recent attacks happening in Toronto! I can’t believe it. We’re supposed to be a multicultural city that accepts all immigrants. I mean, I know people discriminate, but it has never gotten to this point? At least, not that I can recall.”
I continued angrily, “How would you feel if you were spat on, insulted, harassed, pushed around, yelled at, and robbed FOR DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING EXCEPT WEARING A HEAD SCARF? WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?”
“Do you know why they attack women?” My friend asked.
I thought about it for a second. “…because it’s more obvious? I mean, if you’re wearing a head scarf/hijab/niqab, then you have to be Muslim? For men, it’s harder to tell….although SOME PEOPLE ASSOCIATE THE TURBAN AS TERRORISM (you can see I was getting so angry). Oh my goodness. Did you hear about that guy whose picture was altered? He’s Canadian and he’s Sikh, but was mistaken to be part of the Paris bombing. Apparently he was on the Spanish newspaper.”
“Yeah, that’s ridiculous. Sikhism is a totally different religion! But yeah, those people are COWARDS. They attack the ones who are weak and obvious. Yet, they don’t have the guts to attack the men…not that they should be attacking anyone to begin with.”
I sighed. “What do you think is going to happen?”
She looked at me. “If this continues on, it’s only going to get worse. I don’t know.”
And then our conversation streamed into something else. I think I said, “I hope the Americans don’t end up electing Donald Trump as their president….he seems so racist.” Haha.
Anyhow, last week I posted a post on my thoughts on the Paris shooting. My friend Dan responded with a rap (on my facebook). I rapped back. We rapped back and forth and I would like to share it with you!
Pray for Paris, pray for the world,
Isn’t it religion that’s got this whole place twirled?
Enough with the fear , killing, and insanity
We should be focusing on what’s best for humanity
Honestly, I think, religion is good
It tells us to act, the way we should
It gives us hope, and should give us peace
Yet why is hatred, on the increase?
You don’t need religion to know what’s right or wrong
You just need to open your eyes to see what’s going on
The government feels that they can do as they please
Because the regular folk are just blinded by greed
Money makes the world go round and round
So instead of contributing to society we’re upside down
Invade Iraq just for gasoline
Ice cube said it best, fucked by a white boy… with no vaseline
Seeing this unveil, boggles my eyes
I’m sick of all this terror, hatred and lies
Why can’t we learn to love and respect
Despite our differences, religion and sex
I want to live in a world where we’re all free
Free to be who we want to be
Instead we fight for control and power
At this rate, there will be no future
It happens because there’s not enough people who care
They don’t think about their home and how it could happen there
They think it’s not their problem, it’s not their burden to bare
But only when it happens to them, will they understand fear
Peace for humanity would indeed be ideal
But are we past that point? must we kill or be killed?
What is the answer to stopping the Islamic state?
Or is world war three our inevitable fate?
Love is the only thing that can dissolve hate
But to love is hard in our current state
We are suffering too much and we don’t care
We want revenge although we’re scared
So here we are, an eye for an eye
We slaughter and kill, and then we cry
We cry for our people -the innocent victims
Yet we’re the ones who allowed this outcome
Perhaps, you’re right
WW3 is inevitable
Perhaps, living in peace
Will never be possible
Love is an ideology that barely exists
Digits in the bank are our marriage prerequisites
The nation is like a business that in order to succeed
Has to crush those without power to feed their power and greed.
Eventually people will have enough of their shit
They’re tired of running, they don’t want to be hit
So they come together and strap on their mitts
And let everyone feel a wrath that won’t quit
I hope you enjoyed our raps! Feel free to leave me a comment!