We Will Not Be Silent in any language
An arab man (Raed Jarrar) was hassled at JFK airport for wearing a shirt with Arabic script on it. Because, as well all know, all Arabic script translates into: “All your airplane are belong to us. Someone set us up the bomb.” While I am no longer surprised at this kind of ridiculousness, it still makes me angry.
I can’t even begin to talk about how fucked up statements like “Only KKK members wear KKK outfits. Only Islamics wear Islamic script” are and how wrong they are to the point of insanity. If you don’t already know this, I can’t help you.
It’s things like this that make me wish I had a huge following of readers like Atrios so I could call for mass protests or something like that. I need minions! Or, at least, friends.
If I had my way, there would be a letter-writing campaign to JetBlue followed by an informal boycott. No major declarations and press releases, just a decision by people who are sick of this shit not to fly with them. If I had my way, everyone I know would get involved in this movement to stop stupid, uninformed profiling at airports. Those same folks would also buy a lot of shirts and wear them not just when they fly, but in silent protests strategically planned by someone who is not me.
But, seriously, how long are Americans going to allow this kind of thing to go on? At what point do we rise up and put a stop to it?
(p.s. Can I just mention that Raed Jarrar is a fine brown man? A slim goodie, as my mother would say.)