Earlier today the following was announced by Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in response to the massacring of 49 Muslims worshipers by a white supremacist at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Today, the terrorist has quoted the most powerful person in the world, President Trump. And I would like to address Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump, your words matter; your policies matter. They impact the lives of innocent people at home and globally. And you should condemn [today's attack in New Zealand] not only as a hate crime but as a white supremacist terrorist attack. And you need to assure all of us – Muslim, Blacks, Jews, immigrants – that we are protected and you will not tolerate any physical violence against us because we are Muslim or because we are minority. You need to condemn [such attacks] clearly today.
During your presidency and during your election campaign Islamophobia took a sharp rise, and attacks on innocent Muslims, innocent immigrants, and mosques have skyrocketed. We hold you responsible for this growing anti-Muslim sentiment.
Related Off-site Links:
Does Anyone Doubt That Donald Trump Inspired the New Zealand Massacre? – Chauncey Devega (Salon, March 15, 2019).
New Zealand Suspect Wrote in Manifesto He Supported Trump as a “Symbol of Renewed White Identity and Common Purpose” – Rachel Frazin (The Hill, March 15, 2019).
UPDATE: Why Won't Donald Trump Talk About White Nationalism? Because He Enables and Supports It – Heather Digby Parton (Salon, March 18, 2019).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Quote of the Day – October 28, 2018
• On International Human Rights Day, Saying “No” to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda
• Trump's America: Normalized White Supremacy and a Rising Tide of Racist Violence
• Trump's Playbook
• Progressive Perspectives on the Election of Donald Trump
• Opposing the Trump Administration's Inhumane Treatment of Immigrant Families
• “What We're Seeing Here Is a Tipping Point”
• 2000+ Take to the Streets of Minneapolis to Express Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees