Attorney Qusair Mohamedbhai’s editorial in today’s Denver Post is something I believe every American needs to read. You may think Trump’s rhetoric about “if you want to hurt terrorists, kill their families” and his fantasy about mass deportations is just so much hot air, but it’s one very public instance of a much more widespread problem, a problem that is growing more serious each year. In the past decade, we’ve seen increased incidents of harassment and violence against Muslims and against people who “look Muslim” (like Sikhs — as in the case of a store clerk in Michigan who, in December, was called a “terrorist” and shot in the face). We’ve seen mosques vandalized or lit on fire (there were 29 documented attacks on mosques in the U.S. in 2015). The New York Times reported that between mid-Nov and mid-Dec 2015, there were 38 hate crimes perpetrated against Muslim Americans in the U.S. This is a real thing, and it hurts real Americans. And that’s why everyone needs to read this and start paying attention.
From Mohamedbhai’s article: “There is now a dangerously thin line between making discriminatory statements to rouse conservative voters and taking discriminatory actions. We do not wish to believe that such systemic anti-Muslim constitutional violations by our government could really happen. When federal agents come to register me, will I pass the Good Muslim test if I wear a John Elway jersey? If I can name countless Front Range breweries or have hiked Colorado’s fourteeners, will I meet the bar to show that my American Muslim family is just like everyone else?”