بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
I know you might not agree with the title. Or you might be skeptical and think: “Why would anyone write something like this?”. But this is something that needs to be addressed, because there’s too many Muslim Americans now a days, who are spending too much time being upset over the prejudice they face. And they need to know that we’ve actually received the lighter load when it comes to hate crime against people of other races and religion. If you look at the way people in the world have reacted previously to the threats and prominence of other racial or religious groups, the reactions were much more extreme than what we’re getting today. .
December 7, 1941- the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor
The result? the internment of over 110,000 innocent Japanese Americans.
And guess what? It wasn’t just the Japanese Americans who had to deal with this:
“Most Western countries had internment camps during the second world war. In Canada people of Japanese heritage were interned until a few years after the end of the war. Not until April 1, 1949 were they allowed to live where they wanted in Canada.”
None of us were sent to internment camps after 9/11. Yes some people were rude and aggressive in some cases towards us after the incident, but at least we still got the choice to live where we wanted. The prejudice in some areas does make it impossible to live in them, but technically you still have the choice to live where you want. And as bad of a president as Bush was, at least he didn’t send out an order to have all the Saudi Arabians or Muslims to be taken out of their neighborhoods and jobs and schools and sent to some camp to do labor on road crews or beet farms like the Japanese Canadians had to.
August 19, 1934- Adolf Hitler becomes führer of Germany
The result? 6 million people identified to be Jewish were killed in the Holocaust just because they happened to live in Germany.
This wasn’t that long ago guys. Don’t tell me this stuff is old, I had a real holocaust survivor visit my school senior year. A woman who survived the concentration camps, though old and frail, was alive and speaking about the concentration camps that she had to go to, the separation from her family, and her life that she had to build back. This stuff is way too real, if Hitler was reincarnated into the president, and he wanted to purify America from Muslims or arabs, I think there would be enough resentment to support such a cause, however, thankfully, the current world seems to have moved on from such extremely ignorant tendencies, and not only do we get to live outside of concentration camps, but we can also become citizens and enjoy the same liberties that other people in this country enjoy.
I was going to include another paragraph about the struggle of Albinos in Sub-Saharan Africa, or one about Native Americans, but decided against it because it’s really sad, honestly. The point I wanted to get across through this article was to show that yes, maybe some people are prejudiced towards you, and they might say some things that get to you, or have loads of misunderstandings about your beliefs and your culture, but in the end, it could be worst.
Prejudice and racism, unfortunately, are global things, that both time and human psychology haven’t given up, and will most likely never. It’s something we have to deal with as human beings, sometimes you are the group that life decides to hate on, and sometimes it’s another, the best thing to do is to cleanse yourself of such thinking and remember to not take it personally. The next time you are annoyed by the stares you get or the remarks, remember to not worry about it too much, life is still good 🙂