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Speaking a foreign language is now a suspicious activity?
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Bart



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katrin wrote:
If we look at this through a racist stand-point...

1. Indians look like Muslims.
2. If they look like them, they speak the same language.
3. If they look like Muslims and they speak like Muslims, they are Muslims.
4. If they're Muslims, they're terrorists.
5. He was flying to Texas.


Many Indians even are Muslims, though the Tamil are not.
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Michael



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nooo they're just islamic, muslims are people from muslimibad
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lily



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

some tamils are muslims. some are christians too. but it's true that the majority are hindu.
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Major Tom



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wait wait wait -- these people speak the same language, and they have...different religions??
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Straha



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well this suspicioun apparently applies to every language besides the 2 de facto official languageS(English and spanish)
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lily



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dunno, even spanish isn't looked too kindly upon. you're less likely to be prevented from boarding an airplane for it, but a lot of people are really hostile when it comes to people speaking spanish.
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Halen



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_India

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The faith of more than 80.4% of the people is Hinduism, considered the world's oldest religious and philosophical system. Islam is practiced by around 13.4% of all Indians.
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Michael



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so all Indians are 13.4% terrorist right?
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Straha



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lily wrote:
i dunno, even spanish isn't looked too kindly upon. you're less likely to be prevented from boarding an airplane for it, but a lot of people are really hostile when it comes to people speaking spanish.

Explain how businesses even in 92+% white areas liky my hometown frequently tend to have bilingual advertisement then. The bulk of the population may not look too kindly on it but the power elties favor it.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha. You're missing a sizeable chuck of market demographic if you don't.
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G. Looking Out



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tamil speakers are overwhelmingly hindu. Its one of 800+ language and over 2000 dialects spoken in india alone. These are just the ones that have been identified. Just a side note, in the media, the word tamil is almost always followed by the word tiger and then terrorist soon after, so perhaps someone got the wrong idea that way, although the race confusion arugment is far more likely.
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Bart



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Tamil are mostly associated with the Tamil Tigers, but would you recognize Tamil when you heard it ? It wasn't that he was speaking a specific language, just one strange to the person that notified the authorities.
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Azmoten



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't understand it, IT IS TEH SUSPICIOUS!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we're missing the point. Even if he were speaking Arabic, he shouldn't have gotten stopped and forced to miss his flight.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lily wrote:
i dunno, even spanish isn't looked too kindly upon. you're less likely to be prevented from boarding an airplane for it, but a lot of people are really hostile when it comes to people speaking spanish.


this is because all spanish-speaking people are clearly illegal aliens.
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