Dr. Omar Amin, a 73-year old researcher in infectious diseases and resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, was browsing the children’s section of his local Barnes and Noble bookstore looking for gifts for his grandchildren when a store employee arrived and asked him to leave immediately.
Why? Apparently another patron had seen him and reported him to a store employee because his presence made her ‘uneasy’. According to Jonathan Turley, a store employee said that men who are alone in that section are viewed as potential child abusers. Initially, upper executives of the company defended the employee’s action but then did an abrupt reversal and denounced it and apologized to Dr. Amin.
This is the latest in a long string of events where some people are harassed because paranoid people complain to authorities about them because they make them frightened for no reason other than that they fit some demonized profile. The usual problem is ‘traveling on a plane while looking Muslim’ but this case is breaking new ground.
Dr, Amin’s name suggests that he might be a Muslim and/or Arab and I wonder if that didn’t add to the suspicions about him. After all, you cannot be too careful when it comes to Muslim pedophile bombers prowling in bookstores.