Yesterday during the San Bernardino shootings, I was following Twitter trying to figure out what was going on. Under the tag #SanBernardino, people were posting their horror, news updates, and what they could learn about police activity on the scanner.
When the suspect's name came out (which it did quite early on), there was a pile-on by the right wing about Muslims and terrorists.
Never mind that this man was a born US citizen. His foreign name and presumed Muslim religion was enough for them to come out, the Islamophobes.
Never mind that mass shooters are disproportionately white males, most of them probably Christian. Those aren't terrorism. They aren't brown.
It's more than enough to make you sick.
This morning, we all react in horror and confusion about why this man and his wife went to shoot up his co-workers at a holiday party. His family is stunned. CAIR, the Council for American-Islamic Relations, immediately deplored the shooting.
Expect Trump the demagogue to call for mosques to close and a registry of Muslims.
But we've seen that before. Do we really forget that this is how the Holocaust started, "othering" the Jews in Germany?
Do we really forget so easily the "othering" of our own Japanese American citizens, expropriating their property and putting them in concentration camps?
Be watchful. Speak out. Build bridges to our Muslim brothers and sisters. Wearing hijab in this climate is a brave move for any Muslim woman; be supportive.
We must stand up to the ugly Americans.