The most disgusting was the highly publicized cry of wolf by Yasmin Seweid who said Trump supporters attacked her.
That was a lie.
These hoaxes are themselves hate crimes that target a group maligned by mainstream media.
CAIR is to blame.
After the United States elected Trump president, CAIR issued a press release that began:
The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President-elect Donald Trump to repudiate alleged attacks on Muslim students at universities in Louisiana and California reportedly by some of his supporters.
A Muslim student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was attacked two men, one of whom was wearing a hat emblazoned with “Trump.”That was a lie.
From the Washington Post:
A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette fabricated a story that she was attacked and had her hijab ripped off, police said Thursday.That was not the only lie. A more highly publicized incident involve Yasmin Seweid who said she was harassed by Trump supporters on a sybway.
That was a lie.
From the New York Daily News:
A Muslim student who said she was harassed on the subway by drunken, hate-spewing white men shouting “Donald Trump!” lied to police because she broke her curfew, law enforcement sources said Wednesday.As the truth comes in, instead of apologizing, CAIR claims victimhood.
From ABC News:
Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told ABC News today that he believes the false reports are "statistically inevitable when you have such a large pool of reports."
"I think these cases are a function of the tremendous spike in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in recent weeks, particularly after the November election," Hooper said. "As with any type of reporting, a certain small percentage of them are going to turn out to be false."
Hooper added that he was concerned about how such reports are used against the Muslim-American community at large, which has been hurting and experiencing tremendous levels of fear, especially after the presidential election.
"These false reports unfortunately give ammunition to the industry of Islamophobes who promote the demonization and dehumanization of Islamic Muslims," he said. "But one or two false reports should not take away from the credibility of dozens of other real ones."Actually, no.
CAIR is playing up minor taunts as if they were the same as a Muslim terrorist gunning down 49 people in a nightclub.
Just as it is unfair to blame all Muslims for that act of terrorism, it is wrong to blame Trump supporters for a few minor incidents -- and judging by the two CAIR chose to highlight, false ones at that.
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