On his radio show Michael Graham declared Islam a terrorist religion where even normal mainstream Muslims love violence. (wikipedia article). When asked to apologize for his remarks, Mr. Graham refused and has subsequently been fired. He BLAMES CAIR:
“It was only after the Council of American Islamic Relations objected that suddenly my words transformed in the minds of management from completely acceptable to a firing offense. And that’s what scares me, a group like CAIR exerting that kind of pressure on free speech and open discourse in the United States.”
I’m awed. Did CAIR really do this? Does writing letters work??
Aaron Brown interviewed him. And as my students would have put it, he’s my “new best friend.” Here was his response to Graham:
“ This isn’t a free speech question, it’s not. You have every right to say whatever you want. You have absolutely zero right, as do I, frankly, to say anything on television or radio. CAIR has every right to defend its position. That’s what it exists for, to try to eliminate bigotry as it defines it.”
In college we discussed the “minority’s burden.” Upon our shoulders rests our entire race. If someone has a bad encounter with us they could very likely say all people of our respective minority are JUST LIKE THAT. One person representing the world. This is the silent burden minorities carry. A burden I don’t have a choice in.
Stereotypes are created by the lazy too ignorant to care to see that the world is more than just black and white. Even Republican Congressional nominee Ric Keller didn’t flinch when saying “Palestinians are lower than pond scum”. I concede stereotyping makes life less complicated but life is complicated. Muslims are over 1 billion the world over… how can you blanketly classify when the actions committed are committed by a negligible percentage of the population? Their actions are actions of INDIVIDUALS… Just as Catholic priets who molest children are not representing their religion by their actions… their representing their own individual sickness. Education goes a long way to help with this problem. (note help… not necessarily solve, as Ric Keller proved). I’m not saying college is the only way to gain an understanding, however, ignorance breeds fear which breeds hatred… Education breeds knowledge which breeds understanding which breeds tolerance which breeds respect.
I’m proud of CAIR if they are truly responsible as Graham insists. All bigotry should be actively advocated against.
Michael Graham- Get your learn on.