To: The Council for American/Islamic Relations
From: Mitch Berg, Crabby Peasant
Re: Well, You Know
For starters – condolences about last week’s shooting. It’s a horrible thing and proves that even the most placid parts of the First World can be awful, anarchic places. This should be a lesson for a lot of privileged, white, First World “progressives”…
But I digress.
Your Minnesota chair called for Minnesotans to reject Islamophobia:
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held a press conference Friday morning in Minneapolis, with a number of speakers highlighting the threat of anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States and across the world.
Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of CAIR-MN, called for all Minnesotans to stand against Islamophobia.
“The only way we can move forward is when the average Minnesotan says, ‘Not in my state, not on my watch,’” he said. “That is the only way we can move forward.”
On a couple levels, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve fought with some of my political party’s moron bigot fringe against “Islamophobia”. And like a lot of people like me, I’ve offered to take any Muslim citizen who wants to learn a more active form of self-defense to the range (given that the closest thing to a positive lesson one can take from last week’s atrocity is that “a good guy with a gun” works for Muslims too).
But while we’re talking about bigotry – let’s see to all the antisemitism?
Don’t be coy. You know it exists. You may not agree it’s a bad thing…
…and right there, there’s the problem.
Any chance you could speak out against that?
Have your people call my people.
That is all.