This past weekend, two Sikh men, aged 78 and 65, were shot in broad daylight as they were walking down a street in Elk Grove, a suburb of Sacramento. The 65-year-old man died, while his friend was critically wounded. The assailant sped away in a light brown pickup.
In recent months and years, we have watched with increasing distress as American Muslims have been maligned and attacked as a community. American Muslims have been made to feel at best unwelcome and at worst un-American. They have had their patriotism questioned and their citizenship suspected.
As Jews, these attacks sound all too familiar to us. Our history, both in this country and in others, has been marked by too many episodes of similar rhetoric, including vilification, demonization, and delegitimization as citizens. The values of Torah and the virtues of the American tradition demand that we raise our voices against the fear-mongering and hate that have been directed at our fellow citizens.
Invoking our shared Abrahamic heritage and our commitment to American values, we write today as leaders of the American Jewish community to affirm, in unequivocal terms, that we stand in solidarity with American Muslims.
We condemn attacks on the Muslim community, both in word and in deed, for they are attacks on us and on all Americans.
We pledge to speak of and work with American Muslims just as we do with our fellow citizens: respectfully, both when we agree and when we disagree.
We hope that our example will inspire our fellow Jews and our fellow Americans to speak and act in the same spirit.
Now he (Dan Jones) is teaming up with actor, producer and director Carlisle Antonio, Northern Cheyenne/Lakota, founder of Red Man Films, a production company he founded in 2010 that specializes in making films that cross international borders. Antonio, who was…
via Rika: ”See, the bigots of this country like Peter King and Pamela Geller fail to recognize that Islam permeates the hip-hop culture and history, and Black American history in general. And believe me, you do not want to p*ss off this group. So glad opposition of Islamophobia is going mainstream now!”