With Us or the Terrorists

President Bush’s words after 9/11 “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” support the binary division of “Same” and “Other.” He delivers the idea that if one does not support all that the government stands for, he or she is automatically “with the terrorists,” suggesting that in order to be considered “American,” one must conform and agree with all of the government’s values and ideas. His claim instills the idea that members of the “American” group are “non-dangerous” and secure. Those of the un-American, “Other” group are “dangerous” and Evil. Bush thus strengthens the binary division, which results in the “Other” group being looked at with suspicion and treated with hostility.

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