lefthandedart | August 22, 2010
A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who's name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him. I told him that I hoped it did not ruin his day.
"I hoped it did not ruin his day."
If that didn't, nothing would have.
Wow. Just wow. Take a good long look at what is happening here. Watch as the mob mentality infects like an impending epidemic; observe as these hysterical, phobic, racist/bigoted beasts condemn a man (not to mention a whole group, an entire religion) because of an assumption they made about him based on the color of his skin.
"I wanted no trouble," he said. He got it anyway.
And what if he had been a Muslim? Why in the goddamned world is that a bad thing?
Wake up, America, take a look around, check out what you're becoming. It's like watching a slow-motion train wreck. Some of us are screaming and waving our arms, running and crying and warning people it's coming, trying to stop it, but not very effectively.
Memo to the ignorant: Muslims are not equivalent to terrorists. They are people with beliefs, just as many of you are. Most are peaceful, a few are not, just like you. But with ugliness like this, peace among fellow citizens will be more and more difficult to achieve.
UPDATE: I would like to address something. Someone on Twitter brought up the difference between racism and bigotry. I agree, of course, that there is a difference. In this case, I think they merged. Had the man in the crowd been white, would he have been harassed?
Via: Balloon Juice