Quote: Originally Posted by moghrabi
I agree with you Rick. The "White Dutchman" is not willing to learn anything about his new neigbor. But it is also the other way around. At first it starts with language barriers and customs that are differnet in a new land. It all adds to alienation. Add to that the aftermath of 9/11 and Bingo.
Well not willing to learn ANYTHING is kinda harsh
Just like 9/11 and the murder on Van Gogh caused a lot of negative feelings bursting out against Muslims, it also caused that more people were willing to learn about them. Mosques held open days for example, people invited each other to celebrate the end of the Ramadan as well as Christmas. And besides all this, new figures show that more and more Muslims have "white" Dutchmen among their group of friends; more and more Muslims are marrieing with "white" Dutchmen; etc. So it's not all bad. But there is just so much which has to improve. I have to admit that I don't have any Muslim friends either, but that's also due to the fact that there are almost no Muslims in the neighborhood where I live, nor at school, nor within my family. I do know one Muslim though (except you): Ahmet, he's like me member of the Green Party here and we actually had an interesting conversation about his youth in Turkey and the Turkish culture a week ago, but I'm getting off topic now.