Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What to do when you see 'Muslim garb'?

Juan Williams: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

What kind of garb were the 9/11 hijackers wearing? Dishdashas?

9 comments :

Splendid said...

And who is this woman??!

Iraqi Mojo said...

The quote is by a man named Juan Williams, a now former NPR reporter who also works for FOX News.

Maury said...

Anyone who says they don't get nervous is a liar or a damned fool. All you can do at that point is HOPE they aren't extremists. I've got enough on my mind when flying. I don't need the added worry about whether my fellow passengers visited a titty bar the night before. I'd just as soon take the next flight.

That said, it was pretty stupid for a black liberal journalist to say something that could be construed as bigotted. Especially while discussing the fallout from a comment made in the same manner by O'Reilly. They were both right, but wrong at the same time. Always us the disclaimer "not all Muslims are extremists" before such comments. That way you can cover your ass, while showing how open-minded and knowledgeable you are.

Iraqi Mojo said...

Did the 9/11 hijackers wear "Muslim garb"?

Maury said...

Good point. They went to great lengths to appear non-Muslim. Why do you suppose they did that?

Iraqi Mojo said...

So it's unlikely that anybody wearing "Muslim garb" will be hijacking a plane.

Iraqi Mojo said...

The vast majority of Muslims I know wear western style clothes every day.

Maury said...

These weren't your everyday Muslims. They were extremists and proud of it. They chose to dress western that day so they wouldn't arouse suspicion. They knew something the liberal media won't allow someone from their own ranks to say. That people in "Muslim garb" make folks nervous.

David All said...

Mojo, I admit that since 9/11 whenever I see someone on public transport such as a bus or a train or an airplane who is dressed in traditional Muslim clothes that I get nervous. I have to remember that the 9/11 hijackers and other Muslim terrorists did not wear traditional Muslim clothes, they wore regular western clothes to blend in. It would make sense that terrorists would continue to do so and not wear traditional Muslim clothes to carry out terrorist attacks: Therefore I should not be alarmed by people who by the clothes they wear or by their behavior who appear to be Muslim.

I think though, that NPR was unfair to dismiss Juan Williams, a liberal columnist for the Washington Post over his remarks. The NPR was probably unhappy about Williams working for them and their arch-enemies at Fox and were looking for a reason to fire Williams.