From the article:
Last week, Donald Trump tweeted out a deliberately misleading videocriticizing Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s recent comments about anti-Muslim discrimination following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The video takes an excerpt from a speech Rep. Omar gave at a banquet hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in which she describes the attacks as how “some people did something,” cut together with footage of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon burning. “We will never forget,” the video reads.
That quote from Omar went viral last week because when taken out of context, it sounds like a flippant diminishment of violence and terrorism. If you listen to more than those four words, though, it’s obvious that that’s not what she was saying. Those four words came about 15 minutes into a 20-minute speech, in which Rep. Omar was talking about the discrimination Muslims face in America, where their religion is too often equated with violence.
These attacks on Omar are really fucked up. She is being attacked for being Muslim. This is America, land of religious freedom, so they should shut the hell up.
From the article:
On the day in question when Donald Trump and his Fox News sycophants attacked Representative Ilhan Omar’s words, taken out of context, her larger point was that since 9/11, Muslims and anyone even suspected as being a Muslim in the United States – which mistakenly includes Sikhs – have been targeted, scapegoated, harassed and oppressed for the actions of a total of 19 men of Saudi Arabian heritage.
To stereotype and scapegoat all followers of Islam for the events of 9/11, San Bernardino, and Orlando is as invalid as blaming all Christians for the despicable actions perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber who was involved in the so-called “Christian Identity” movement.
Yes, Representative Omar could have articulated her meaning better, but people tell me that I should articulate my words and meanings better virtually every day.
The difference, however, is that Trump and Fox have exchanged Nancy Pelosi with Ilhan Omar as the enemy, using fear and hatred as their weapon. And by so doing, they have placed all U.S. Muslims at greater risk of marginalization and violence – U.S. Muslims who comprise a proud and patriotic people who love and cherish the United States no more and no less than any other group.
She is getting honest, credible, death threats because of all this. She will likely never be safe again in her life, as there are crackpots with weapons and the will to kill in America.