Hey Juan Williams, "You Are Black, I am Afraid"
What if a white person had uttered those words to Juan Williams? Would he be as adamant about freedom to express opinion? Has he forgotten that not so long ago, he would not have been allowed to even utter his opinion?
Freedom of speech is one of the things that makes America great. Another thing that was great about America, I thought, was that we cared about people, no matter where they came from, what their religion was, what color their skin was, or what their personal views were. We respected people. Or so I thought. Maybe I'm wrong. Having the right to do or say things doesn't mean those things should be said or done.
We've come to a place in today's society, where the things that shock or hurt people the most have become the "in" things to do. We no longer treat people the way we want to be treated. We do things that will garner the most attention, and unfortunately, that no longer is the moral thing in most cases. Well, I guess it depends on whose morals you base that on. MY morals say that you don't say hurtful things to people just because you can. My morals say you don't attack people on the basis of their religion or the way they look.
We all have opinions, some are good and some are bad. We've probably all have had thoughts about a situation or a group of people at one time or another that wasn't so pleasant. No one is perfect, however no one has to say hurtful things either. I couldn't imagine what it is in today's society to be a Muslim American. I would feel like I'm under siege in my own country. And yes, this country belongs to Muslim Americans too.Continued on the next page