Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour told Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC that she believes Americans are creating trauma and terrorism in innocent Muslim communities.
She claims, that she fears walking through the city now, after recent attacks, but did not after the 9/11 attack. If this is the case, then should she not ask herself what has changed in the world that would perhaps give her religion such a bad name? Why do people feel fear when faced with radical Islam and what is Sarsour doing to fight against it herself?
“Just listening to the listing of these attacks on individuals and on mosques and understanding the trauma that we’re causing communities and we talk about terror and terrorism, of what we’re doing, is we’re engaging in terrorism against the innocent community that has nothing to do with this.”
Those Muslims with platforms to speak out against radical Islam and ISIS should be doing that, which would help non-Muslims feel as if they have a kindred partner in the fight.
Instead, too many people, like Sarsour, lash out against the police, Americans, and Conservatives and blame them for the problems in their communities and mosques, instead of having a reformation to completely make a distinction between groups like ISIS and American Muslims. It is up to them to join the battle, as well as remove any perceived “guilt by association.”