Two bloggers in New York posted a video showing a New York City Police Officer stopping and frisking 2 Muslim men in what appears to be a blatant example of racial profiling. One problem. It never happened. (CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO) The 2 men fabricated the whole thing to, as they put it, “create awareness”. Naturally The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) ran with this and tweeted the video without verification so they too could of course help “create awareness”. Far too often we see the Muslim community more focused on creating a comfortable environment for everyone, including those who commit acts of violence than on stopping the perpetrators. This result may not always be the intention, but in attempting to curtail the actions of law enforcement at this point in time, that is exactly what it is doing.
This once again speaks to the major problem existing within elements of the Muslim community. Within days of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Ottawa, and New York City, killing a 3 month old baby, a 25-year-old Canadian soldier, and seriously wounding a NY City police officer, these men are focusing on what they call unfair treatment of their fellow Muslims. Although I personally am very pro-police, live a day without them and then come talk to me, I am also aware they are far from perfect. I realize that like any other established group there are bad people within their ranks. However, if these 2 bloggers were really concerned about the common good they would work harder on creating awareness within their own community. Maybe then they could help create an environment more pleasant for everyone, not only Muslims.
If they want to help their community, they should organize a rally against terrorism. They should help the police identify radicals and terrorists. They should speak out against anti-Americanism anti-Semitism. For them to make their focus today be on how police treat Muslims is not only missing the point, it’s making a negative statement. It’s a statement that the comfort of their community take precedence over the safety and well-being of the overall community.
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