Fear is no excuse for racism
By Fred Sherwin
threat of terrorism has unleashed the worst in some
people and exposed that racism is alive and well in America.
is no emotion more repugnant, or more quickly sows the
seeds of social discourse; than racism which thrives in
the presence of ignorance and fear.
fear is no excuse for racism. You can be fearful of terror
attacks within your borders without singling out an entire
religion, or race, as the cause of your fear.
in the case of the rising tide of fear and racism towards
Muslims, it is largely unfounded. First of all, ISIS has
killed more Muslims than any other group. They are a Salafi
jihadist militant movement whose members adhere to a wahhabi,
or fundamentalist, doctrine of Sunni Islam.
of the Syrian refugees who are seeking asylum in the west
are victims of ISIS and would rather flee their homeland
and seek asylum and ab uncertain future in a country they
no nothing about than subject themselves and their children
to the extremely fundamentalist doctrine of ISIS.
point cant be stressed enough. They are not terrorists,
they are the victims of terrorism. How hard is that to
grasp? Lumping them in with the same people who have killed
their loved ones, driven them from their homes and destroyed
their lives is so wrong its unconscionable.
that, Americans are far more likely to be the victims
of homegrown terrorists, or gun-toting wackos, than some
lone wolf ISIS sympathizer. Of the top 10 mass killings
in the United States this year, nine were committed by
American citizens that happened to be white and middle
the 67 mass shootings that have so far occurred for which
the perpetrators were identified, only two were committed
by members of the Muslim faith, and only one, being the
recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, was committed
by ISIS sympathizers.
painting all Muslims with the same terrorist brush, Donald
Trump is stoking the latent racism in American society
that has the potential to ignite into a firestorm. The
only saving grace is that 60 per cent of Americans arent
buying what the self-professed master salesmen is hawking.
getting back to my original premise: you can be worried
about the threat of ISIS sponsored terrorism; you can
be horrified and angered by the atrocities theyve
committed; you can even be concerned about whether or
not the Liberal government is adequately vetting the arrivals;
but none of it justifies alienating or discriminating
against an entire religion.
far in Canada, we have embraced the better angels of our
nature by embracing the Syrian refugees, and in doing
so we are a shining example of acceptance and tolerance
to the rest of the world, and our American neighbours
to the south in particular.
11:30 a.m., Dec. 15)
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