Why don’t Moslems say more about terrorism? We are called churlish if we ask; we are supposed to assume that of course they are all against terrorism, and to expect them to confirm this is cruel.
The same thing is kind of true about blacks and crime. We don’t expect blacks to speak up against black crime, we assume they are against it. However, when there was one high-profile example- O.J. Simpson- essentially all black people, including the nice middle-class black people you work with, were delighted he got away with it.
Being part of a group that is violent, and with a reputation for violence, has both advantages and disadvantages. First, the disadvantages. If you are black, or Moslem, or in a gang, your life is much more dangerous, and the primary danger is from your own people. Blacks are killed and victimized by other blacks, Moslems by other Moslems, and gang members most frequently by members of their own gang. (Moslems come to white countries for the same reason blacks move to white areas, to get away from predation by their own kind.) You will be viewed with fear and suspicion by others.
The advantage? Being feared by others gives you power over them. They will be polite and cooperative, and tend to give in to you and do things your way. They will give you a little more than they would otherwise. Black people like this a lot, and it’s a basic perk of being black in America and the first world. A few dirty rednecks will give you a hard time but they are in the minority and will get overridden by others. Moslems no doubt enjoy the same thing.
It doesn’t strike me as a good way to live. Ryu talks about brutalization as socialization for police and the military- it’s called recruit training formally, hazing by sociologists, “jumping in” by street gangs, and “prospecting” by outlaw motorcycle gangs. Supposedly once you have passed, you are protected by the group and won’t get any further abuse. But that is not the case. The group will aggressively keep you in line. Even small deviations will get you punished or ejected.
And yet we get back to that fundamental benefit- fear by outsiders. That’s a daily intoxication, and don’t think blacks and Moslems don’t enjoy that little bit of nervousness they get from others every day.
What you are expected to do is what they want, engage in the behavior of someone around a dangerous person or animal- don’t make eye contact, and pretend they are not there if you have no reason to speak to them. If you need to speak with them, keep your head down, your voice high, and be very polite.
Most people will give them that, but you don’t have to. I talked about dealing with blacks here– eye contact, smile, ask some questions if you can. Eye contact means “I see you, you are in my space, or space we share as equals.” Smiling means “I’m not afraid of you.” Asking questions means “You need to qualify yourself to me. I don’t accept you at face value, I reserve the right to pass judgment on the validity of your presence and your intentions.”
You read about people saying aggressive things to Moslems and getting jacked for “hate crimes”. There is no need to do that, and simple engagement gets the same result- the interloper is put on notice you are not afraid, not intimidated, and he is being watched.
Moslems often announce their presence with dress and grooming. These serve absolutely no purpose in Western society except to announce “I am a Moslem. I regard myself as superior to you, and expect you to treat me with deference.” Women in Islamic countries wear scarves because it is expected, but it is not expected or necessary in the West, and so a woman wearing one is making a political and social statement of aggression. The same with a man with a skullcap or an untrimmed beard.
So, smile and make eye contact. If someone is making the statement by appearance they are Moslem, you can say “I’m a Christian” or “I’m a pagan” or “I’m an atheist” as appropriate. If they are dumb, they will get their back up, but why? You didn’t do anything. If they are smart they will see what you are doing, and just smile back, but they will go home knowing they can push with their presence, but you will push back.
Power creates fear, but fear also creates power. Don’t give them that power, any more than you have to.