NARRATIVE AND NATIONALISM

COMMENTARY ARCHIVES, 6 Jul 2009

Dietrich Fischer

A man is taking a walk in Central park in New York. Suddenly he sees a little girl being attacked by a pit bull dog. He runs over and starts fighting with the dog. He succeeds in killing the dog and saving the girl’s life.

A policeman who was watching the scene walks over and says, "You are a hero, tomorrow you can read it in all the newspapers: Brave New Yorker saves the life of little girl!"

The man says, "But I am not a New Yorker!"  

"Oh then it will say in newspapers in the morning: Brave American saves life of little girl!," the policeman answers.

"But I am not an American!" says the man.

"Oh, what are you then?"

The man says, "I am a Pakistani!"

The next day the newspapers say: "Islamic extremist kills innocent American dog."

 

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