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1 CuriousLurker  Oct 20, 2010 11:40:52pm

Oops, now I see some else posted the same story I did. But the poster… well, I’ll just go leave my comment over there.

2 Michael Orion Powell  Oct 20, 2010 11:49:34pm
“Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

I hadn’t seen the full quote, but Williams really should know alot better than this. In a day and age when people are tarnishing mosques with bacon, it is slipping into bigotry to identify one group with engaging in terror.

What policy conclusions should we reach from his premise? That any woman wearing a hijab or man with a long beard should be detained without habeas corpus? Given recent events, I have adjusted the way I think about and approach the issue of Muslims in the United States considerably. It’s perplexing that Williams has regressed.

3 CuriousLurker  Oct 21, 2010 12:21:19am

re: #2 OrionXP

I agree, he should know better. And I can understand why NPR let him go as I doubt they want their journalists appearing (openly) biased.

OTOH, I understand his anxiety and I’m not sure he crossed over into bigotry per se (still mulling that over). Had he said that all (visually identifiable) Muslims should be treated differently and/or deprived of some right or freedom simply because they’re Muslim, then it would be a different story.


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