||[Jan. 19th, 2018|05:53 pm]
30% of Republicans in a survey a couple of years ago said they were in favor of bombing Agribah.
Most news sources that have reported on this have followed it with something like "There's just one problem..."
The "problem" of course being that Agribah doesn't exist. It's not a real place. It's the kingdom from the Disney movie Aladdin.
That is not the problem.
The problem isn't that people didn't know it was a real place.
The real problem is that 30% of Republicans were in favor of bombing a city that they didn't know anything about. They were in favor of literally killing people when the only thing they knew about them is that they sounded vaguely Middle-Eastern.
The story isn't about Americans' horrific lack of knowledge of geography. It's about Americans' horrific bigotry and willingness to support killing people they know nothing about if they sound even vaguely like some group they're told to fear.
Oh, and before you take this as purely, "See, Republicans are stupid. And evil." bear in mind that on the same survey, 19% of Democrats said the same thing.
We can do better than this, people.