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.
"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."
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.