Monday, May 6, 2013

How Soon We Forget

When the word radicals and terrorists are mentioned, what is your first thought?

Since the horrific events of 9/11, people of a certain skin tone or religious preference have been stereotyped, profiled, harassed, and pre-judged as being anti-American or terrorist. No one has the ability to identify a terrorist by simply looking at a picture, or based off the spelling of his or her name.

People who behave or believe this way have a phobia against Islam or Muslims, more commonly known as Islamophobia. Islamophobia is prejudice against, hatred towards, or having an irrational fear of Muslims or Islam. We have seen and heard a lot of anti-Islamic talk in the media after the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Instead of trying to understand and respect other religions, the conservative voices on the radio and television immediately start name-calling, placing labels and demonizing others for choosing to worship the God of their choice. I don’t understand how anyone could group all people of the Islamic faith into one general category, or try to make them out to be a monolithic people.

Some of our fellow Americans either have short memories, or practice a selective style of remembering historical events in relation to present day events when they start making a case to demagogue a religion different than their own.

Just because a person proclaims to be associated with a religion does not mean that they represent the entire faith. For the record, all Muslims are not terrorists and all terrorists are not Muslims.

If we were to use the very conservative approach to analyzing terrorists, every American should be scared to death of young white men. The numbers don’t lie when it comes to who has historically committed acts of terror on American soil against fellow Americans.

The criminal profile of most perpetrators in mass shootings and serial killers has historically been young white men, but there is not a call by the conservative media to stereotype, profile, or harass them. When a non-Arabic person or a person who isn’t a Muslim commits an act of terror, they are called lone wolves, or crazed individuals.

A Feburary 27, 2013 article by Mother Jones, “A Guide to Mass Shootings in America” there have been 62 mass shootings in the last 30 years. A whopping 44 of the terrorist were white males. With that being said, it would be careless and ignorant to stereotype white men the same way people of Arab decent, or Muslims have been treated.

A wonderful piece of journalism by Soledad O’Brien shined light on this subject in the documentary, “Unwelcome: Muslims Next Door.” The story was based off of a very controversial court case in Rutherford County, Murfreesboro, TN. The nasty court battle was in response to an attempt to block a group of Muslims who wanted to build a huge Mosque in the county.

A majority of the people interviewed claimed that the Muslims who wanted to build the mosque are of the same religion as the people who flew the planes into the building. How soon did they forget that they were of the same religion of the people who enslaved, murdered, and lynched hundreds of thousands of Native Americans and African slaves? I’m sure they forgot about the people who bombed the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, or burned crosses to intimidate or terrorize fellow Americans.

One of hip hops brightest artists; Jasiri X produced a masterful song about Islamophobia called Wandering Strangers. The video can be viewed by clicking the link below. At a hearing on Muslim Radicalization held by Rep. Peter King a few years ago, you can clearly hear the hatred in the voices of the people screaming, “Go Back Home” and “Muhammad was a terrorist” amongst other nasty and vile obscenities.

How soon we forget the Catholic Church and its long and disturbing history of child molestation, but priests and bishops are often times given a pass or moved to another state where they continue to prey on young, innocent people who do not have the ability to defend themselves against these monsters.

How soon we forget who the terrorist was in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, or who the terrorist was that shot-up an Arizona Congresswoman’s town hall meeting, or who the terrorist was in the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, or who the terrorist was in the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, or who blew up the building in Oklahoma City.

Radical, religious extremists are all over the world and are bad for humanity. They use religion to justify bigotry and violence against other people. Child molesters, rapists, murderers, and the people hoarding weapons and ammunition in their basements are the people we should really be concerned with. Don’t forget who the real criminals are and the people we definitely have to keep our eyes on.

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people being oppressed, and loving the people doing the oppressing.” Malcolm X

Originally published by Steve Maynor Jr. on May 6, 2013 via


  1. Good read MSgt -- very insightful.

    How soon we do forget!

    -Best Regards-

  2. Is it against the law to hoard weapons and ammunition? If not, then who are you to judge those who do? A person with an opinion--no more progressive than those who prejudge blacks or Muslims.

    I'm sure you were just venting because you feel strongly, but I would love to hear your solutions on how to deal with the "real criminals"

    Also, maybe this excerpt on NY's Stop and Frisk can shed some light on the prejudice:

    --In NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's endless defensive evangelism for stop-and-frisk, rarely are they so direct as Kelly was on ABC's Nightline. "It makes no sense to use census data, because half the people you stop would be women," said Kelly last night, turning to perhaps oversimplified math in the face of critics who point out that 84 percent of the stops target men of color. "About 70 to 75 percent of the people described as committing violent crimes — assault, robbery, shootings, grand larceny — are described as being African-American," he continued. "The percentage of people who are stopped is 53 percent African-American. So really, African-Americans are being understopped in relation to the percentage of people being described as being the perpetrators of violent crime. The stark reality is that a crime happens in communities of color." Somehow, the "it could be worse" argument never convinces anyone.--

    Don't you think that we need to fix the communities that breed crime? If so, how? Also, what is your opinion on stopping more black people because they are committing most of the violent crime? Is that fair?

  3. No it's not against the law to hoard weapons, but what's the need? What problems does doing something like that solve?

    If people who looked like you were being stopped and frisked because of the way they look, maybe you too would have a problem with the discriminatory program. Of the 84% of the men of color who are stopped, how many of those stops turn out to find weapons or drugs? Statistics have shown that white people use drugs at a higher rate than any other demographic, but are not subject to being stopped and frisked. How about the police look for the real criminal’s walking the streets of New York in business suits instead of assuming that every Black male is a suspect. The stark reality is that violence normally occurs amongst people of the same demographic makeup. Most conservatives love to point out or quote Black on Black crime, but when you look at the facts of murder, white people kill other white people at about the same rate. I guess Black people's biggest problem is other Black people, or race baiting by Black leaders who lean on racism as an excuse?

    Yes, I think we need to fix communities that breed crime, but that's not exclusive to the Black community. The whole point of the article was generalizing people of a certain race or religion is wrong. Using your own logic, police should be stopping every white male between the ages of 18-55 because that's who historically have been serial killers, shooting spree killers & child abductors?

    1. I found this article that discusses the Black on Black crime idea. I find it interesting that crime is not broken down like that for any other ethnicity.

      "It’s absolutely true that “NYPD stats show that 96 percent of all shooting victims are black or Hispanic, and 97 percent of all shooters were black or Hispanic,” but it’s also true that the number of black and Latino offenders is a small fraction of all blacks and Latinos. But stop and frisk turns all blacks and all Latinos into potential offenders—it erases individual consideration and imposes collective suspicion.

      This alone should make the program indefensible. When you add data to the mix—in 2012, New York police made 532,911 stops, in 89 percent, there was no criminal activity found, and in only 0.2 percent did the police find guns—it’s hard to see how you could support the policy, much less justify the universal scrutiny of all black and Latino men."

    2. Reform has to come from within. Whether that be reforms from the new Catholic Pope, responsible parents raising children to know right and wrong, or Sheiks denouncing radical Islam. Unfortunately the last example has not happened in a conspicuous way. Everyday Christians are murdered in Islamic countries, yet the frustration in the US is not understood?