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What I love about this country is that sometimes the people blamed for events are often the ones that are actively helping to solve the problem. The case goes for Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour, who has worked with minority groups to stop discrimination.
During President Obama's speech on Sunday (I wrote a card about it, in case you missed it) he stated that Muslim Americans should help "root out" and confront extremist ideology in their communities. Sarsour, speaking to NPR, had a brilliant response to it:
"We would never ask any other faith community to stand up and condemn acts of violence committed by people within their groups. The fact that this is only directed at the Muslim community is something that I personally can't accept."
She instead encourages EVERYONE to root out the problem. Makes sense right? Why force only a minority group to take on a problem with evil people? How instead can we get everyone involved in this issue?
"We see these people close up. If [we] see something a little bit out of character, maybe the time has now come to say something to somebody else."

We ALL need to be aware.

In an NPR interview, Ahmed Hahsy, an immigrant from Afghanistan now operating a kebab restaurant in South Philadelphia, said something that really struck me.
"It's everybody's duty, not Muslim or Christian. As Americans, it's our duty. I just told my wife, 'You're not Afghan anymore.' I've been living in this country for 25 years. We are first American, then Afghan. This is our duty, to protect this country."
Over these past days I've had conversations with people on Vingle, @AprilMorales @InPlainSight @RaquelArredondo @LisaMarissa @JamiMilsap @Ayoubghrs about how to help this problem, and lots of us have come up with solutions.
But my biggest solution that I can do RIGHT NOW: be aware and not discriminatory. Follow up when you see something suspicious, but don't base your suspicions off how someone looks or their religion.

What do you all think? Can we do this together? What else can we do right now?

@InPlainSight I definitely hear you there. One of the things I think we're really missing here right now is education. What do extremist groups like this really want? Misinformation and fear. We should combat that by educating ourselves. What are the majority of Muslims like (hint: normal, peaceful people just like everyone else)? Why are the extremist groups so powerful and so determined?
Embrace them as a part of the solution, not alienate them as part of the problem. Honestly the comments from Trump in recent days about the issue genuinely fill me with fear for the US. When even Jeb Bush is calling him 'unhinged' you know you have an issue.
I saw those comments too @InPlainSight but I genuinely think that only some people listen to trump anymore. I surely don't! @shannonl5 you make a good point, education is a big missing step I think for a lot of people, and it's that misunderstanding or missing knowledge that creates fear.
@nicolejb oh yes. Reading Robert Kiyosaki's rich dad, poor dad it goes far. with the economy and other issues it's mainly because of fear and greed. This helps spread the classes further and cause so many to be disenfranchised. Because certain people then aren't able to see or obtain a purposely life, they may be more prone to do things like join ISIS.
I know what we shouldn't do: Never ever listen to Donald Trump and stop him from running for president! The man is crazy!
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