The Lady Speaks

The Email I Can’t Actually Send

To my sibling,

I received an email from you today, which I’ve excerpted:

This pilot hit the nail on the head in his open letter. He needs to be awarded a Medal for saying all this in a very profound way!

The newspaper stated today that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane.

The following is a letter from a pilot. This well spoken man, who is a pilot with American Airlines, says what is in his heart, beautifully…. Read, absorb and pass this on.

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“YOU WORRY ME!” By American Airlines Pilot – Captain John Maniscalco

I’ve been trying to say this since 9-11, but you worry me. I wish you didn’t. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country.

[snip]

How do I differentiate between the true Arab / Muslim-Americans and the Arab Muslim terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter these same good neighbors and children?

The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

[snip]

We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.

I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know.

I thought I would send you this in reply, but the truth is: I chickened out before clicking send. [I know, dear readers. I know! But the last thing I want is to be the reason behind a family feud. Another reply was sent, something a little less threatening, but which expressed my distaste for the thoughts expressed.]

Here’s my first reaction to this piece of racism disguised as email:

There’s more below the fold…

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August 2, 2007 Posted by | America, Politics, Religion, Terrorism, War | 2 Comments