Monday, August 23, 2010

Bigotry On Display At Islamic Center Protest

At the protest yesterday near ground zero, many were motivated by more than opposition to an Islamic center. One African-American man was the object of venom. Why? He was mistaken for a Muslim:

As reported in the WSJ:

A man wearing a white athletic skull cap at a weekend rally against the planned mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero this weekend prompted a tense confrontation with some of the protesters, until he was finally led away from the rally by police.

...At one point, a woman appears to confront the man, an African-American man in a white shirt and white skull cap.

The man curses at the protester, and then another protester, wearing a hard hat, gets into a heated discussion with him, prompting others to intercede and step between the two men.

“Yo, we’re against Muslims, not each other man,’’ someone in the crowd yells.

“Run away, coward!’’ yells one person in the crowd.

At one point, the man can be heard saying he is not Muslim, but has opinions about the mosque.

As he is escorted away from the center of the protest, someone yells “Mohammed is a pig,’’ prompting criticism from others in the crowd.

In the video, another protester complains that the man is “trying to make us look like a bunch of racists. It ain’t happening.’’

The YouTuber, lefthandedart, wrote, "Later I caught up with the man who's [sic] name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him. I told him that I hoped it did not ruin his day."

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