The racist rhetoric of Trumpism is driving Muslims underground in fear. What better fertilizer for ISIS and Al Qaeda? “See? They are all against you. We are your only hope.”
Trump picked Steve Bannon, ex-chief of Breitbart News, as his chief strategist. Breitbart publishes inflammatory lies about Muslims like “a vast majority of U.S. mosques...are a part of a much larger jihadi network,” and “Muslims don’t report other Muslims”. Both are untrue. The Chief of Police of Dearborn MI, one of our largest Muslim communities, can tell of Muslims aiding authorities when suspicious activity is discovered. This cooperation comes at a price. Dearborn has expended energy and money to work intelligently and compassionately with the Muslim community. And it pays off.
Spreading fear within Muslim communities will have the opposite effect. It will make people fearful of contact with the police. It will radicalize. It will make it harder for law enforcement to maintain critical contact with the people they serve.
Learn about the diversity within Muslim communities. Learn the difference between Islamophobic rhetoric and the truth. Teach your children well.
November 18, 2016 by 121Contact