In conducting these interviews Vice effectively shows the impact of even the smallest, so-called “isolated” incident of racism or Islamophobia, as well as the effects of political rhetoric in stirring these acts.
The segment’s biggest success is in providing a face to the people so easily dismissed in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant political rhetoric, the true impact of which is never truly seen or considered by those speaking and embracing it.
In the first segment Ahmed Shihab-Eldin reports on Syrian refugees trying to make their way to Europe.
The second segment Gianna Toboni looks at the global fight against terrorism and interviews citizens in France and the U.S. for their reactions.
The ultimate question posed by this episode, then, is a timeless one: how may the countries of the world remain vigilant in the wake of a new global threat, while also maintaining the principles of equality and justice they’ve claimed as cornerstones of society?
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