People look far eastern, African, Indian, European, Native American, Middle Eastern etc. I have never heard that people look Christians, Mormons , Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus but I have heard that people look Muslims. In the Indian subcontinent, people having different faith look more or less the same. But unfortunately many Americans who know almost nothing about the world believe all brown people are Muslims and whoever wears a turban is a Muslim. Hateful people are obviously stupid.
Since the tragedy of 9/11, Sikhs have become the victims of hate crimes. They are mistaken for Muslims because of wearing turbans and beards. A few days ago a Bengali Hindu man living in New York was mistaken for Muslim by Erika Menendez, a Muslim-hater racist. She killed the man by pushing him onto the subway train tracks. She could have killed me if I were there. She could have killed all my South Asian brown-skinned Hindu , Christian , Jew , Parsi, Buddhist, Jain, Atheist friends and acquaintances because they all ‘look Muslims’.
The New York mayor and others are now saying, Erika the killer is mad. Erika is not the first person who killed, some other mad guys also killed people using the same tricks. It looks like mad guys move around freely. But how come there is no supervision of mentally ill patients living outside institutions? If it is proved that Erika is mentally ill- it will not prove that all racists are mentally ill. Unfortunately most racists are not mentally ill. They are just terribly hateful bigots.
White people are good at making racists. Many of them hate Jews, Gypsies, Black and Brown people. Many of them now hate Muslims. Some blindly support and protect Muslims though. A very few people have the capacity to become neutral. Ordinary Muslims in New York are not responsible for the 9/11 like Hindus in Bangladesh are not responsible for the demolition of Babri Mosque in India or Pakistani Hindus are not responsible for the killing of Muslims in Gujarat or Jews in France are not responsible for the Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Innocent people suffer for the crimes short-sighted and narrow-minded people commit. It is foolish to hate someone for his or her caste, color, gender and religion. It is impossible for me to accept the idea that people should be humiliated, assaulted and abused because they have a different faith, or speak a different language, or have a different culture. I believe that the diversity of our world’s many beliefs, languages, cultures and ethnicities is not a pretext for conflict, but is a treasure that enriches us all. Diversity is a treasure to be appreciated. We have various cultural patterns that make up our beautiful multicolored mosaic. (But, humans should not allow oppression in the name of religion or culture. Religion or culture should not be and must not be used against humanity.)
I wish haters turned into better humans.