focus our attention on President Trump’s recent executive order banning Muslim
families from seven countries from entering the US temporarily and banning
refugee services to Syrian families fleeing for their lives. Apparently this
was done for the sake of making America safer and fighting terrorism. That is
not the America that will go down in history as a great America.
backlash this order received is probably unprecedented in terms of the number
of citizen, legislators and State officials and Judges, who stood up and issued
decrees against it. That is the America that will go down in history as a great
nation. I am proud to be part of that America that allows a young single mother
to work, raise her kids, and lead an independent life without societal
interference in her personal matters. But when it comes to macro issues of
racial discrimination, we must all take a side and choose wisely because our
collective actions will be pronounced in the archives of history.
us apart today from 75 years ago, is our ability to use our civic awareness and
employ legal argument to take a stand against injustice, hate, and
discrimination based on race in the name of political gamesmanship.
more tools today to bring issues of political and social injustice to light,
than we had seventy five years ago, But the fight is still far from over. It is
unfortunate that in today’s America, despite our tremendous advancement in
technology and science, we seem still to indulge in Neanderthal practice of
hate and violence against each other, sometimes in the form of naked bigotry
and other times garbed in the misrepresentation of national safety. A nation
that needs to keep humble hard working minorities away from its shores is not a
nation that needs more security, it is a nation that needs more education in
diversity and inclusion.
taught us many times over that breeding hate and separating each other based on
race is not beneficial for anyone. When you bring different cultures together,
you create a beautiful community with an open mind. At the root of every
emotional conflict, or war, is the question of the other, of who we are vs who
they are. This us and them is a phenomenon that has divided what could
otherwise be a peaceful world. We are afraid of those who do not think, act or
feel like us. Who have a different God. Who we think mean us harm.
mistake. There are evil forces in this world that must be destroyed. Armies and
terrorists that must be taken to task for spreading violence and hatred. But it
is not a question of Islam vs Christianity, or Muslims vs Jews, or whites
against blacks. The problem is much more complex and cannot be resolved by
simple answers such as deport them all. Our own double standards have been
exposed and it is time we looked in the mirror. It is time we admitted our part
in inciting political wars and confusion that have led to our own and other’s
destruction. America’s bullying in the world order must stop. Period.
separation will only keep this hatred ignited. We must resolve to spread
education. We must learn to use weapons of mass construction, books, not bombs.
Only when we stop building walls and start building bridges will be over come
the divides that have split our great nation into red versus blue.
It is a
dangerous social precedent. In like vein, why don’t we declare the KKK a
that a Bay Area American female student can have her scarf pulled off her face
so tight it almost choked her points to an underbelly of hate that exists in
the hearts and minds of some of us. These are very turbulent and eye opening
times. All is not well with us as a nation. There is hidden hate in our hearts
which is spilling out into public life and which is being condoned and enabled
by the powers that be. We as a civilized nation cannot afford this regression.
It is up to us as citizens to arrest this tidal wave of hatred and discrimination.
We like to
believe we are a role model of cultural assimilation and immigration freedom
compared to other countries. Yet we have so much not to be proud of. We like to
tout that we are the ‘United’ States of America. Yet we are divided in more
ways than we thought. We like to believe we have freedom of speech, yet we
tread on eggshells biting our tongues to make sure we make politically correct
statements, in case the bitter truth has an unpleasant ring to it. We like to
believe we are the champions of the fight for world freedom and democracy, yet
our foreign policy is the actual cause of many ill begotten wars, wars which
leave carnage on both sides.
wars being fought outside of us, but there are wars that we fight inside of
ourselves. Wars of distrust, hatred, competition, greed, and the need for
domination and supremacy. Our sense of well being comes from feeling safe for
ourselves and our immediate family, regardless of what is happening to other
around us. Make no mistake. Islamophobia is rearing its ugly head in our nation
like never before.
of eliminating hate does not begin and end in the White House. It begins in
each and every one of our houses.
by having a dialogue with our neighbors, our children, and our local community.
The great thing about America as a country is that even during our worst hour,
we find the resilience to come together. They ban us and instead we band
together. The real power of a nation lies not with the elected but with the
people of the land. The people of America who display ignorance and hate, are
people who can be brought around from hateful or ignorant behavior and beliefs,
to mutual dialogue and dispersion of racial tensions.
I refuse to
believe that in this day and age, hate cannot be overcome by positive
intervention. As a social worker who works with kids via social emotional
learning models, it is my first hand experience that hate is just form of fear.
We want to build a wall to keep the enemy out yet the enemy is actually within
our hearts. It is not until we find the courage to soul search and cleanse our
psyche that the real enemy will be overcome. If we can address our fears,
redress our misgivings about each other, we can turn fear, fight and flight
into a coming together of people who simply need to learn to talk to each other
in a safe place.
allow our homes and our minds to become a place of welcome, dialogue and
transformation. My fellow Americans I beseech you, do not let the politics of
hate disunite us. If they start a Muslim registry, I request my white American
friends to stand up and register with me. If we all register together, they
will not be able to tear us apart. But if we don’t come together, we will
remain forever strangers and enemies, rather than brothers and sisters, friends
and partners. We must show the courage of our conviction as a united America to
overcome instruments of political and legal oppression. We still have the power
and we need to use it, daily.
I am a
Muslim Pakistani American, am proud of both Pakistan and America. Each country
gave me something and taught me a lot. I would do anything to protect my
homelands and my children, not just the two I gave birth to, but all Pakistani
and American children, whether they are white, black or brown.
people need to show our solidarity to our government, our community and to the
rest of the world. Liberty is not to be found on the streets, it begins with
inner liberation. We have sat back quietly too long witnessing a mockery of the
constitutional philosophy of our nation.
people must raise our voice against injustice and tyranny and become partners
with minorities under siege. This is a call for action for us to devise and
form a circle of comradeship which grows so strong that no political power or
arsenal of war can quiet or defray us from marching forward and speaking up for
what is right and just.
seek justice not just for ourselves and our immediate clan but for all
humanity, all the minorities of the world who don’t count in the imperialist
count of colonial politics. We must endure their flogging of both the
retrogressive ISIS and the short sighted imperialistic colonial powers to
create a better world for ourselves and our children. That one day, there will days
of remembrance when our children will not have to quote a painful past but live
in a perpetual peaceful present. That may not be this 9 year or the year, but
let us continue to sow the seeds of love and unity, and at the same time be
willing to fight for what is right and take a stand on issues of human justice.
Rashid holds two Masters degrees, MA Communication and MSc Clinical Psychology,
Certified Therapist she authored ‘It Takes A Village To Rape A Child’
One: American Horror Stories - Part-1: Anti-Muslim Legislation
Headline: Being Muslim in American: Part 2 Make America Safe Again
Source: The Daily Times, Pakistan
Samina, I am really sorry
that your life is ended up in a horror country and spewing horror stories. I strongly
believe if you have a 5% of empathy and 2% of gratitude you would not have suffered
this horrible fate. You may be knowing that the third generation Pakistanis,
who had 0% empathy and 0% gratitude, suicide bombed buses and underground
trains and killed and injured hundreds of fellow British citizens. It is called
7/7. Even yesterday a Pakistani, Cambridge university graduate, killed and
wounded many fellow British citizens.
I presume that you would
have written thundering articles in the Pakistani newspapers.
You should read NAI
articles, particularly written by Sultan. All moderate Muslims in the world love
to read his UNHRC speeches. He knows Islamophobia is a natural reaction due to
the action of a few percent of jihadists. He knows when millions of Air
Travellers remove their shoes, belts, laptops etc., they always think of
jihadist terror (the shoe bomber). He also knows that millions of people in the
West have anxiety while waiting in the bus stops, or in the market places, knowing
a ‘lone wolf’ jihadist may come in a vehicle and bang on them. So islamophobia
will be there as long as these terror attacks are there.