The Perpetual Battle Between the Forces of Acceptance and Inclusion Versus Hate and Exclusion

Ian Mitroff
3 min readJun 5, 2024

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I’m not only constantly amazed at the stark differences in both the tone and substance of many of the articles in The New York Times, but even more that no one really writes about how they bear on one another in that they represent opposite ends of a spectrum. Thus, for all their differences, they’re nonetheless connected in strange ways.

As a case in point, one edition of The New Times features both an article and a Op-Ed that span the gamut of Inclusion versus Exclusion.

The article discusses the highly divisive and inflammatory case of Representative Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress[i].

The District outside of Detroit that Representative Rashida Tlaib represents contains sizeable populations of both Arabs and Jews. Given that she was not only slow, but resisted condemning Hamas for its attack on Israel, thereby taking Hamas’s side against Israel, in this way she garnered the strong support of the Arab community. Indeed, because she was finally pressured to condemn Hamas, she was viewed as a martyr. To say that this both…