Hate crimes in the United States of America are no less than an everyday occurrence.
The tragic events of 9/11 have reshaped what it means to be Muslim in America. The anti- Islam mentality and rhetoric are only re enforced with every movie portraying yet another Muslim woman as an oppressed weakling and the Muslim man as a savage killer.
On December 27, 2012, hate took over and became the sole cause for the death of yet another innocent man. Sunando Sen’s greatest crime on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 was being a Hindu or Muslim.
|New York City boasts a Muslim community of 800,000 members. It is indeed of one of the fastest growing religious communities in that metropolitan area.|
The 46 year old Hindu resident of Queens, NYC, was shoved in front of a moving train. He later was declared dead in a NYC hospital that same night.
Video of the criminal fleeing the scene was aired on the news. Investigators were checking homeless shelters and mental wards in hospitals before the suspect was finally apprehended. A passer-by recognized the woman from the video and called the authorities.
|"I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I've been beating them up," Menendez told police, according to the district attorney's office.|
Erika Menendez was arraigned on Saturday, December 29, 2012 on a charge of murder as a hate crime. She admits to pushing Sen to his death because she said, “I hate Hindus and Muslims.” Menendez further confessed that her hatred of Hindus and Muslims stems from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Menendez is currently being held without bail and has been given a mental health exam. The 31 year old Bronx woman underwent the psychiatric evaluation in an effort to explain her candid action of pushing a man to his death. Subway platform witnesses recall that the two, Menendez and Sen, had no interaction on the platform prior to the tragic event.
Menendez is said to have been talking to herself as she moved to shove the innocent man in front of a speeding subway train. "I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I've been beating them up," Menendez told police, according to the district attorney's office.
What is it that would prompt a person to harbor such hate for another person? What factors are involved that make would make a person such as Menendez hate Hindus and Muslims so adamantly that she took the life of a human being?
|Such advertisements just question the effectiveness of freedom of speech, when another man’s freedom to speak leads to another man’s death.|
Ads of Hatred?
Maybe it is the anti-Islamic advertisements that have been posted in the Metro platforms since mid August 2012. One such ad blames Islam for nearly 20,000 terror attacks since 9/11. The advertisements are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Its leader Pamela Geller admits, "I wanted to provide an opposing view, telling the truth to counter the fallacious and deceptive anti-Israel ads."
Some metro passengers confirmed that the pro-Israeli ads are offensive while others said that they are not affected at all. True or not true has never really been question and the NYC transportation insists that is in the business of selling ad space for revenue, not backing up viewpoints. Such advertisements just question the effectiveness of freedom of speech, when another man’s freedom to speak leads to another man’s death.
The Muslim community in the city of New York is doing all it can to promote a positive and truthful image of Islam. On January 8, 2012, advocacy groups, political leaders and everyday concerned citizens held a rally in Queens, NYC to make a statement about how disappointed they were with the hostile environment that NYC is becoming for both American and Immigrant Muslims.
Executive Director of the New York chapter of the Council of American-Islamic relations told reporters that he sees the anti-Islam subway ads the MTA allowed to run underground, along with the NYPD's controversial surveillance of Muslim communities in and around New York, as "reinforcing" the hostilities in the city.
New York City boasts a Muslim community of 800,000 members. It is indeed of one of the fastest growing religious communities in that metropolitan area. The community members are productive and active in their communities. They have proclaimed that bigotry, prejudice and racial profiling will not be tolerated.
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