Local events in last few weeks brought some negative attention to our community as OUR community’s mosque was vandalized. As I read commentaries on local news sites I was sickened by the overwhelming number of negative comments towards Muslims and the Muslim religion. I can only imagine that this weekend’s attacks in Paris, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, will lead to more ignorant comments and insensitivity towards Muslims.
One of the resources that I was made aware of this week, was the TED Talk below by Chimamanda Adichie. The following comments at the end of the talk capture the context of her message.
“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize.“
The ignorance that some will show based on the attacks on Paris will seek to malign all Muslims. I continue to have faith that the majority of people will ignore this “single story” depiction of Muslims that those who look to promote hate and fear will preach.
As was stated by a Tweet from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, “Terrorism has no religion.”