In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino California, politicians on the right, particularly Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, have been stoking the flames of fear against Muslims in an effort to score points with the Republican base.
Lost on those who aspire to power is the terrible injustice this does to the greater Muslim community around the world, and to the almost three-million Muslim citizens of the United States. I will post more here in the next week on this issue, but the words of Nidhi Prakash, a young Muslim American posted in this Fusion.Net article offers a perspective that seems to be lost on many in this country . . . a perspective that cries out to be heard.
I’m just as American as you: What it’s like to be a young Muslim in the U.S.
Nidi Prakash via Fusion.net
It’s hard for Zahra Ahmed to understand why Donald Trump would have her carry a Muslim ID card. The 24-year-old was born in Texas. She’s never left the U.S. And if she does ever decide to go on an overseas holiday, Trump said he wouldn’t allow Muslim Americans to come back to the U.S.
“It’s just crazy to me because America is the only country I know,” Ahmed, 24, told me. “I’ve never traveled outside the U.S., and so to feel some people think I don’t belong here or like I’m different, that hurts.” – READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE