For the first time at my health club, I noticed a couple of Muslim women in full Hijab taking self-defense class, something I thought unprecedented. Then it dawned on me that demand for such classes by minorities must have increased following the election of Trump and his profusion of anti-Muslim rhetoric and now the ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries country. Minorities, Muslims in particular, must fear that they might be the target of harassment and bigotry, a very legitimate concern on their part. However, I want to assure them that even though it is a good idea to be prepared, such a fear may be premature.
Despite recent anti-immigrant rancorous rhetoric by president Trump, America is still a tolerant Arcadia for minorities. Most people in America cherish diversity and are open-minded about minorities, including Muslims, just as long as minorities try honestly to assimilate into the pop culture of this nation, do not undermine the dominant lifestyle of the people, do not demand special treatment, and more importantly, do not expect others to tolerate them while they are intolerant of others.
Kudos to American people who did the right thing by standing up massively in support of Muslim immigrates following President Trump travel ban. Give them some credit for its graceful restraint. Imagine what would have happened if a Non-Muslim man attacked innocent people in an Islamic country with his car and then stabbed them with a knife? Do you know what kind of retaliatory treatment he and his family would expect from Muslim mobs? I don’t think this kind of mob mentality exists in the U.S. and, even if it does exist to some extent, no one condones mob action. We should salute people in the U.S. for their openness and hospitable attitudes toward minorities despite their occasional misdeeds.
What do you think?