Here we go again, it really doesn’t matter what folks like me say or do, because we are never going to get the media attention that idiots who behead their wives, who just happen to be founders of promoting a “positive” Muslim image station do.
It really doesn’t matter what evil men do in their personal lives as long as they are punished, but we all know that they will be used as the poster boys for everything “Muslim” if the major media can help it.
Even though we know sensationalism sells, I still can’t help but feel that we as Muslims in general, but in this case, American Muslims have a role to play in this.
What I’m about to write may appear racist, but I happen to believe its’ true and necessary…
American Muslims who have been born and raised in America for generations who do not have the cultural baggage of our brethren from the “Muslim world” need to make every attempt possible to take back our name, image, and reputation lest we go down as well.
Prior to 9/11 and for decades, “Muslim American” meant one of two things, either you were a black convert, or a first generation immigrant. While neither was true, the point was, most Americans felt their greatest threat from Muslim Americans was some black guy in a bow tie calling white people the devil. Now, they believe that their homes and buildings will be blown up.
Ever since 19 Middle Eastern guys blew up the WTC, “Muslim” has become equal to Arab or Middle Eastern descent. And what has been the American Muslim answer to ensure that Americans don’t look at us as a whole as foreign and not from here…..We ensure that when it comes to the major media outlets, platforms, and speeches we have Arabs and those with Middle Eastern descent represent us! The shear idiocy of this fact is both comical and sad at the same time.
So here we go again another smack in the face of American Muslims, and to be quite blunt, as an American, I know what many American non-Muslims are thinking when they look at this guy who helped found “Bridges” TV: “Another Muslim shows their true face” and guess what, it doesn’t matter if he is Arab or South Asian, Muslims as a whole will be associated not only with his actions, but those of the region he has helped firm negative opinions about.
So what we get when we continue to put foreign faces as our representatives for Islam in America or the West for that matter is a continued equation with the actions of those whose cultural, country of origin, etc. actions are both foreign to America and Islam for that matter. So every little negative action that occurs in the Middle East or every little stereotypical norm for those regions now become associated with the true intentions and beliefs of all Muslims in America.
Maybe it’s just me, but if we started putting Caucasian or African-American faces out front more as the faces of Islam in America, people would be better equipped to see how this murderers actions are not the norm. Maybe it’s just me but if the Muslim spokesman or woman on every TV show just happened to have blond hair and blue eyes most of the time, people wouldn’t readily associate “Muslim American” with mouth-foamed terrorist in the dessert.
Because the ugly truth is this murder in this way is more conformation for other’s agenda as yet another of our “representatives” who just happen to look like the mouth-foamed terrorists, did exactly what’s expected of all Muslims even if they are American and live in upstate NY.
Bravo Muslims, our PR firm is doing a wonderful job, maybe they should get a raise.