But none of the backlash reports included news of any actual backlash incidents, because four days after the arrests, there hadnâ€™t been any. Richard Sparaco, the attorney for one of the accused jihad plotters, Serdar Tatar, came closest to actually reporting one. Sparaco said that the restaurant owned by Tatarâ€™s father, Muslim Tatar, had suffered a sharp decline in business, and that someone kicked in his door and, according to New Jerseyâ€™s Star-Ledger, â€?shouted a racial slur.â€? Muslim Tatar, according to Sparaco, had also been threatened.
That was it, as far as backlash went. The contrast is stark: when cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad appeared in a Danish newspaper, there were international riots, in which several innocent people were killed; when Pope Benedict XVI repeated a medieval emperorâ€™s negative characterization of Muhammad, there were again riots and killings. When a mentally impaired Christian in Nigeria tore a copy of the Qurâ€™an, rampaging Muslims burned ten churches to the ground. But when six Muslims in America were arrested for plotting to kill as many American soldiers as possible, there have been no killings. No mob action. No riots. No mosques have been torched, and no Muslims have been beaten or (with the possible lone exception of Muslim Tatar) harassed.FrontPage magazine.com :: Fort Dix: The Backlash that Wasn't by Robert Spencer
Backlash is always a concern of the mainstream media and ethnic advocacy groups whenever a Muslim commits terrorism, or an immigrant commits some terrible crime. (See at least eight blog posts by Brenda Walker featuring this phenomenon.)
What you don't see is representatives groups apologizing for the acts of their members, or offering to do anything to make up for it. (An honorable exception: The Korean-American Coalition, whose first response was the opposite of the Asian-American Journalists Association—see Korean American Community Expresses Outrage, Grief;Starts Memorial Fund for Victims of VA Tech Shooting, April 17, 2007[PDF])
No, I'm not promoting the theory of collective guilt, but other are promoting it about me. That's what that Jamestown thing is about, I'm supposed to feel bad about being related to the people who survived the Indian massacres, because if it wasn't for us, they would have been massacring each other in peace and harmony.
For an example of the collective expressions of guilt by non-immigrants, you check out the late Sam Francis's the "The Annapolis Guilt Wallow."