And may we not learn equally from this that the feelings some Arabs have
of Americans are "not positive" and that they have reason???
The real problem is stereotyping and generalizing and using cruel language
about whole groups because some individuals are violent. No one decided
after Timothy McVeigh blew up the Federal Building that white American
males were an unacceptable group and should be locked up in great
numbers with very little care for Constitutional safeguards.
Date sent: Sun, 12 May 2002 16:06:46 EDT
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Subject: Re: What's the frequency, Kenneth?
Maybe I shouldn't have used the word "hated," but indeed, the feelings
most Americans have for Arabs are not positive. My sister works for
American Airlines. A couple of months ago, there was an American flight
with two Arab men aboard wearing turbans. Evidently, their very presence
made the other passengers uncomfortable. During the flight, several well
built men changed seats with the persons sitting near the Arabs. There
were also some comments, I guess, made. At one point, the two Arabs
together and went into the bathroom and did not come out. The passengers
became very nervous; the pilot was informed, and the plane landed at
closest airport. Well, it ended up that these two Arabs were up to
nothing. They went to the bathroom and locked themselves in because they
were afraid of the other passengers.
Regards on a very hot, sultry Florida day,