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Muslims in America---A Test---Video

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10 minute video by ABC News "What Would You Do?" regarding how a Muslim woman is treated by a store owner and bystanders different reactions.

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Kenneth L (314)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 12:42 pm
ethnic or ethnical (ˈɛθnɪk)
1. relating to or characteristic of a human group having racial, religious, linguistic, and certain other traits in common
2. relating to the classification of mankind into groups, esp on the basis of racial characteristics
3. denoting or deriving from the cultural traditions of a group of people: the ethnic dances of Slovakia
4. characteristic of another culture: the ethnic look ; ethnic food

rac·ism   [rey-siz-uhm] Show IPA.
-a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others
.-hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

From the above definitions, this video is about ethnic diversity, not racism, as being Muslim has nothing to do with race (of course it might be a short step from one to the other for some people).

Kailey Klein (11)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:03 pm
My parents love this show so I've seen it quite a few times. No matter the situation it always floors me to see people just stand by and let ridiculous acts go on without saying a word.

. (0)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:03 pm
At this moment in social history, America is a bit parochial.Shari's law is being shoved down the the throats of every major city in Europe, with no recourse.Muslims are living the lives they had in their countries - regardless of the laws of the country they chose to live in.
Now, you take this issue to the deep South where people defend this Muslim woman. There may be people on the opposition, but, this is still America.

Kenneth L (314)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:04 pm
It's also religious intolerance since Muslim means Islam which is a religion. The woman is probably being targeted with a conglomerate of prejudice let's face it.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:07 pm

I felt like I was reliving the past, watching this video is very reminisce of the days when a black person was not served in most places. It's just #@% great to know that HATE is alive and well in Texas and the rest of the US. Absolutely disgusting - there is no justification for this. At least there is some hope in those who stood up for real American rights. By the way, just how does an American dress? Short-shorts and a tank top?

What if a woman who is an Hasidic Jew and wears a scarf entered this type of business? Is she too a terrorist?

Carmen S (611)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:10 pm
Thanks Kenneth, having been a peace corps volunteer and lived in a muslim country, there is very little I can say here that will pass the censors.

Catherine Turley (192)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:13 pm
good one, kenneth. alot of anti-muslim hysteria on care2 these days. i cannot understand it. and while i'm proud of the 13 who stood up to injustice, 28 did nothing or worse. maybe the new bully movie will help change the passive majority.

Pat B (356)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:14 pm
This is a very telling video in that it shows bigotry at it's best. 22 people did NOTHING. That's what's scary. By not getting involved, it's saying, 'go ahead, I don't care or it's not my business'. Where? In Texas. Good post, Kenneth, thank you.

Catherine Turley (192)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:19 pm
how does an american dress? by the looks of the haters, i'd say socks and sandals. america is in serious trouble.

Alice C (1797)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:20 pm
Many women can't go out by themselves even without a scarf. It's sad but true. Women are treated badly often when they travel or shop alone.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:22 pm

Ethnical! I happen to love this program, and am glad you posted it.

Thanks, Kenneth!


Agnes N (703)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 2:00 pm
Thanks Kenneth..

Bianca D (87)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 2:17 pm
Good vid, tx Kenneth.
Great to have a reminder that we still have a way to go before there can be peace on Earth.

Nicole W (646)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 2:39 pm
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Suzy F (94)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 2:43 pm
Pathetic, really great examples of white trash....I'm glad that the real people do stand up!

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 2:54 pm
As long as there are fear mongers there will be bigotry. We have friends who are Muslim and they are wonderful people. TU Kenneth,

Lynn Geth (185)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 3:16 pm
Ken, thank you for that very moving video. It brought tears to my eyes to see how so many people are racist, biased and generally unsympathetic to people who look different than they do. Reminds me of an incident in my childhood at school when a little Jewish boy wearing a yarmulke (skull cap) was harrassed, hit and bullied while the perpetrators were shouting "You're a dirty Jew".

It's a sorry state of affairs when people are judged by the clothing that they wear. I watch the show "What Would You Do" very often but I must have missed that one, so again, thanks.


Constance F (418)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 3:44 pm
Thank you Kenneth. That moved me to tears. Most of us know that racism is alive and throbbing, and while there were those in this video who reared their mindless and hateful racist heads, I was so happy by the humanity expressed by the few who came forth and stood by her. This video is like a microcosm of how I see the world in general, (on many different issues) and it is those few people everywhere that give me hope.

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 4:19 pm
Thanks again Kenneth...It's just heart breaking to know that there are so many ignorant, racist people still out here...Just sad, they seem to fit the profile, of today's thriving Tea Party Republicans...

Mary T (178)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 4:52 pm
Thanks Kenneth, This really moved me, it seem like I was living in the past when black people were treated like this,Racism is still alive and well in this country so sad to say, I am proud of the people that stood up for this woman, We have a long way to go to overcome all this ignorance.

Dotti L (85)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 4:56 pm
Thank you so much for presenting to us this video. How can one say they enjoyed it? Racism at it's worst.

Michela M (3964)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 6:05 pm
My experience:

Carol H (229)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 6:09 pm
thank You Kenneth, noted!!

Michela M (3964)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 6:12 pm
In the lounge of the British Airlines I was speaking with a man of this subject and he said, probably because you seem a Latin American woman....
He was a Plastic Surgeon with his office in Beverly Hills, but told me that more than once, when the patient arrived his studio was....strangely reacting as... shall I be treated by this Latin American man?????? A lady told him to go to her car to take her trolley, because didn't realize he was the DOCTOR!!!!!!!! Terrible

Michela M (3964)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 6:16 pm
I DON'T have RACIAL or ETHNIC or RELIGIOUS or NATIONS' prejudices at all!!!!!! I was used to say Salamualaikum! to my Islamic and Shalom to my Jewish and Namaste to my Hindu FRIENDS AT SCHOOL!!!!!! BAD people can be of whatever kind on this Planet WE CANNOT and MUST NOT GENERALIZE!!!!!!! I have only prejudices towards THOSE WHO DON'T LET YOU EXPRESS YOUR OPINION, or ACCUSE you without waiting for what you have to say, and ARE ABLE TO CONCEIVE A ONE-WAY ONLY COMMUNICATION Pattern: i.e.: if you take for granted what they state: ok they are your friend, otherwise YOU are wrong and there is NO MORE DIALOGUE (in Care2 they JUST cancel friendship, it's very easy....)

. (0)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 9:20 pm
Kenneth - thanks for sharing thing I noticed in this video is that it is a reflection of the world as a whole. Yes, there are a few people who are radical... they start wars and are hateful people. There are people who want to protect that which is victimized and they stand up for their beliefs...

But people who do nothing - seem to make up the majority. It is this that is the most disturbing thing... people walk away and pretend not to see injustice. They recognise it, they just don't do anything. I think mostly it is out of fear of being caught up in something they can't control and don't know how to respond to. It could be anything at all. These same people will avoid helping at a traffic accident, or will turn away if a mugger attacks someone in the street. It's not that they don't care, it's that they don't want to be implicated.

I feel this is why so much bad stuff happens in our world - people are too afraid to stand and fight. They are afraid they will be attacked. We must work to change this so all people feel they have a voice no matter what... and that goes for animals too. Our world needs re-educating and we must start doing it now.

Thanks for sharing this.

Ellen m (215)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 9:20 pm
This brought me to tears also, especially thinking of my younger sister who converted to Islam about 20 years ago, and her husband of 15 years who is muslim by birth.
To think she may be subjected to this, though she never mentioned it, scares and cuts deeply.

Julia R (296)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 10:42 pm
This video reminds me very much of what many African Americans experienced in the 1940’s-1960’s in the South. Of course as we all know, all restaurants, and public places enforced segregation and an African American couldn’t even ride a bus with white people without being asked to leave.

The video raises a very significant question. Have we really made much progress in overcoming our bigotry and prejudice toward people of a different race, or even as this video clearly illustrates, of a different ethnicity or who might have a different religion than the majority? In many ways it reminds me of the novel, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding when one of the characters named Simon has an epiphany that the beast (that the other boys keep alluding to in the book) doesn’t reside outside of us but instead resides within us. We try to point the finger of blame at others and often times, it is a minority or those who sadly may be in a weaker position than ourselves. But the real enemy lies within ourselves- our fears, our prejudices, and our ignorance- and the most important attribute that we all share is our humanity, we are really more alike than different, and if we don’t realize this soon, we may well destroy ourselves.

Kenneth L (314)
Monday March 26, 2012, 7:31 am
I thought what the psychologist said: "It's justice that makes a society. Any threat to that kind of sense of justice and fairness undermines the entire system" sounds true to me.
The LEAST anyone can do is speak up when they see an injustice. It IS your business because what other people do and say ACTUALLY affects EVERYONE and their ability to survive well or survive poorly. Saying nothing is like being complicit in the harmful act, at least ethics-wise.

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Vicky P (476)
Monday March 26, 2012, 8:42 am
so sad..if this was a jew or a christian being treated this way, people would freak out, muslims are the new jews of the 21 century.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 26, 2012, 9:30 am
It is only the ignorant who cling to a belief that an action and/or attitude of a few ,defines the whole race,religion,culture etc.Even In this day & age,there's alot of ignorance.-And ignorance is no excuse to treat others horribly.

Nancy M (197)
Monday March 26, 2012, 11:32 am
Thanks for posting this Kenneth. Very scary.

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Monday March 26, 2012, 12:52 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting Kenneth. I agree with all your comments.... People DO need to speak up more.

l L (1)
Monday March 26, 2012, 1:18 pm
Thx noted. This islamaphobia and shria law, which is due to islam's religion; what's the difference between that attack and christian attacks on womens rights? Is that a type of sharia. Pick your battles, save your life. fight in different ways. I don't know if there is a gun and who has it or will use it. Or who innocent will die. It could be the employee with the gun. The woman should have left too.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 26, 2012, 4:28 pm
Thanks Kenneth

cynthia l (207)
Monday March 26, 2012, 5:21 pm
It is disturbing that 22 people did nothing. This is a telling video about apathy. Remember when they come for you and Don't wonder WHY?

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 8:53 am
How sad that so many did not act and do the right thing. It is the same mentality as the school yard bully.
This type of twisted thinking will continue as along as others do not intercede to stop it.
It's hard to believe, after watching this demonstration, that this is 2012.

Tuesday March 27, 2012, 8:39 pm
I'm proud of the people who stood up for what is right. Racist bigotry has no place in America! Sadly, some of the people who did not defend her rights are the kind who will state that they believe 100% in God's love, mercy and justice, and totally in the American constitution!

“Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security”- Benjamin Franklin quotes (American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor. 1706-1790) -


Mary P (157)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 2:48 pm
Thank you Kenneth. This video is an Eye Opener how so many people
Of todays modern civilization can stand silently by and watch an injustice
taking place, for no valid reason except that the victim's attire is different
To their own.

All those that condoned the action aught to look into the mirror and recognize
their inner ugliness, fear and hatred of fellow human beings. They need professional help!

Those that stood up against this injustice gives mankind hope that
there are still many decent, compassionate, caring and loving people
In this beautiful world of ours, after all. :)

Amena Andersson (187)
Friday March 30, 2012, 12:59 pm
Noted, watched, shared. Thank you.

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 12:00 pm
Thanks Kenneth for sharing this great video! It says a lot about the Western world, unfortunately the US is not alone about this. All countries have something to learn from this video!!

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 12:02 pm
I hope it has noted as well now! This should be watched by everybody!

Nancy C (806)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 3:39 pm
extremely telling video! thanx Kenneth. Amazing in 2012 that even in the US...
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