MIMBY*: a request for supporting visuals

*Mosque(s) in My Backyard.

The context 

  • The Park51 Project & what followed: the nakedly vicious campaign of racist baiting against the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’, designed coolly & deliberately to scapegoat innocents; which is currently enabling more openly fascistic displays; a campaign the most baying thuggery in the service of which comes from the Right, but which has built on a foundation of swaggering bigotry from liberals; the lying ‘Why Here?’ histrionics of which campaign barely bother to obscure its role as merely a vanguard in the accelerating effort to vilify and terrorise Muslims across the US; a campaign which is, to their stinking disgrace, now abetted by the willing collaboration of leading Democrats &, with Big-Tent weaselism, then endorsed as reasonable & civilised by the president himself; which is, lest Brits & others console themselves with airy apolitical condemnations of that canard, American ‘stupidity’, given intellectual imprimatur in the Financial Times (including, through a leapfrogging path of idiocy, the demented insinuation that it is Islam that is part culpable for the capitalist crisis (as opposed, say, to capitalism & capitalists)).

A concomitant request

  • To designers across the world: there’s a hot need for someone(s) to design & disseminate a symbol & slogan to unify & express, on t-shirts, websites, blogs, badges & buttons, support for the right of Muslims to gather in lower Manhattan, & indeed anythefuckwhere else. & with it to proclaim disgust at & condemnation of this scary hatemongering horseshit. 

Racism out of Manhattan.

rejectamentalist manifesto

China Miéville’s waste books

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‘A principal rule for writers, and especially those who want to describe their own sensations, is not to believe that their doing so indicates they possess a special disposition of nature in this respect. Others can perhaps do it just as well as you can. Only they do not make a business of it, because it seems to them silly to publicize such things.’

                Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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London’s Overthrow.

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