There was a piece on NPR yesterday about Muslims and the Census. Apparently in the box on the form where ‘race’ is to be declared, many Muslims are checking ‘white” because, as the report indicated, they want to fit-in to American culture. One younger Muslim man said, “Just because I check ‘white’ doesn’t mean that I won’t be called camel-jockey or rag head!”
In the 60’s black men became suspect in law enforcement circles. Their profiling continues today. I would imagine that in Texas the Latino gets the profile. Of course, after 9-11, the Muslim is carefully watched, because, you know, ‘Those Muslims…”
John F. Kennedy lies in his grave because of a white, homegrown terrorist as do the 168 victims of the Oklahoma City bombing committed by two white, homegrown terrorists.
Nonetheless, in the minds of many American citizens, the Muslim, the black man and the Mexican have to be watched because, well, they don’t look like us.
Do the people below look like ‘us’ or ‘terrorists’?
My local newspaper displayed these newest homegrown terrorists in a large 4-column photograph with the title,
9 in Lenawee County-based militia group sought Christian uprising
Christian uprising! Nine white people! Profiling the terrorist.