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No asshole, don't mourn the people in Orlando you whiny fuck...just focus on you, your family and the muslim community and how you feel.
Wasn't a fan of parks and recreation. I guess I'll have to stop watching Master of None also. Typical muslim response
â€œDONâ€™T go anywhere near a mosque,â€ I told my mother. â€œDo all your prayer at home. O.K.?â€
â€œWeâ€™re not going,â€ she replied.
I am the son of Muslim immigrants. As I sent that text, in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Orlando, Fla., I realized how awful it was to tell an American citizen to be careful about how she worshiped.
Being Muslim American already carries a decent amount of baggage. In our culture, when people think â€œMuslim,â€ the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. Itâ€™s of a scary terrorist character from â€œHomelandâ€ or some monster from the news.
Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. Itâ€™s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense.
There are approximately 3.3 million Muslim Americans. After the attack in Orlando, The Times reported that the F.B.I. is investigating 1,000 potential â€œhomegrown violent extremists,â€ a majority of whom are most likely connected in some way to the Islamic State. If everyone on that list is Muslim American, that is 0.03 percent of the Muslim American population. If you round that number, it is 0 percent. The overwhelming number of Muslim Americans have as much in common with that monster in Orlando as any white person has with any of the white terrorists who shoot up movie theaters or schools or abortion clinics.
I asked a young friend of mine, a woman in her 20s of Muslim heritage, how she had been feeling after the attack. â€œI just feel really bad, like people think I have more in common with that idiot psychopath than I do the innocent people being killed,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™m really sick of having to explain that Iâ€™m not a terrorist every time the shooter is brown.â€
I myself am not a religious person, but after these attacks, anyone that even looks like they might be Muslim understands the feelings my friend described. There is a strange feeling that you must almost prove yourself worthy of feeling sad and scared like everyone else.
I understand that as far as these problems go, I have it better than most because of my recognizability as an actor. When someone on the street gives me a strange look, itâ€™s usually because they want to take a selfie with me, not that they think Iâ€™m a terrorist.
But I remember how those encounters can feel. A few months after the attacks of Sept. 11, I remember walking home from class near N.Y.U., where I was a student. I was crossing the street and a man swore at me from his car window and yelled: â€œTerrorist!â€ To be fair, I may have been too quick to cross the street as the light changed, but Iâ€™m not sure that warranted being compared to the perpetrators of one of the most awful incidents in human history.
The vitriolic and hate-filled rhetoric coming from Mr. Trump isnâ€™t so far off from cursing at strangers from a car window. He has said that people in the American Muslim community â€œknow who the bad ones are,â€ implying that millions of innocent people are somehow complicit in awful attacks. Not only is this wrongheaded; but it also does nothing to address the real problems posed by terrorist attacks. By Mr. Trumpâ€™s logic, after the huge financial crisis of 2007-08, the best way to protect the American economy would have been to ban white males.
According to reporting by Mother Jones, since 9/11, there have been 49 mass shootings in this country, and more than half of those were perpetrated by white males. I doubt weâ€™ll hear Mr. Trump make a speech asking his fellow white males to tell authorities â€œwho the bad ones are,â€ or call for restricting white malesâ€™ freedoms.
One way to decrease the risk of terrorism is clear: Keep military-grade weaponry out of the hands of mentally unstable people, those with a history of violence, and those on F.B.I. watch lists. But, despite sit-ins and filibusters, our lawmakers are failing us on this front and choose instead to side with the National Rifle Association. Suspected terrorists can buy assault rifles, but weâ€™re still carrying tiny bottles of shampoo to the airport. If weâ€™re going to use the â€œtheyâ€™ll just find another wayâ€ argument, letâ€™s use that to let us keep our shoes on.
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Xenophobic rhetoric was central to Mr. Trumpâ€™s campaign long before the attack in Orlando. This is a guy who kicked off his presidential run by calling Mexicans â€œrapistsâ€ who were â€œbringing drugsâ€ to this country. Numerous times, he has said that Muslims in New Jersey were cheering in the streets on Sept. 11, 2001. This has been continually disproved, but he stands by it. I donâ€™t know what every Muslim American was doing that day, but I can tell you what my family was doing. I was studying at N.Y.U., and I lived near the World Trade Center. When the second plane hit, I was on the phone with my mother, who called to tell me to leave my dorm building.
The haunting sound of the second plane hitting the towers is forever ingrained in my head. My building was close enough that it shook upon impact. I was scared for my life as my fellow students and I trekked the panicked streets of Manhattan. My family, unable to reach me on my cellphone, was terrified about my safety as they watched the towers collapse. There was absolutely no cheering. Only sadness, horror and fear.
Mr. Trump, in response to the attack in Orlando, began a tweet with these words: â€œAppreciate the congrats.â€ It appears that day he was the one who was celebrating after an attack.
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myself am not a religious person
And that's all we really needed to know. The Muslim immigrants who cause trouble ARE religious people, and they cause trouble because of their fucked up religion. It's not because they are "brown" that they blow themselves up or commit mass murders whilst shouting something about "all the snack bars!" It's because 1200 years ago a rabid camel jockey wrote a bunch of nonsense down and began a war of conquest that continues to this day. And that's what passes for their religion. Pardon us if we don't respect it. We're too busy getting secondary screening at the airport and picking up pieces of people they killed in Orlando.
Ansari's whole family tree makes me scared for my family.
If terrorists are not true Muslims, why do they get an Islamic burial?
The Muslim immigrants who cause trouble ARE religious people
1 out of 4 in the United States believes suicide bombing is always/sometimes justified.Tenpoundbass says
Ansari's whole family tree makes me scared for my family.
He's a leftist jackwagon, but I'm not too worried about him, just annoyed by his stupidity and somewhat apologist stance. Just shutting the fuck up would suffice, but no, he has to run his big mouth about being some aggrieved party in this whole mess.
Hillary and Obozo should scare 99% of Americans because they want to bring the jihadis in.
Next they will have an article from a jihadi's wife saying she is scared of America-while holding her AK47 and wearing her hijab , reciting the koran and chanting ,'Death to America."