In a recent Facebook post, Lt. Colonel Allen West of the U.S. Army, who also served as a former Florida representative, wrote that the incoming defense secretary will exterminate all Muslims, with an attached meme:
Can we let those words sink in for a minute? Exterminate. In case you didn’t catch on, this is genocide, people. Let’s call it like it is.
The fact that we’re even needing to discuss these idiotic social media posts by representatives of this country (which includes the president-elect) ultimately means that we haven’t progressed much since the 1920’s.
If Allen West’s comments weren’t enough to surprise or upset you, now, Michele Hickford, editor in chief of West’s official website, admitted to posting this without the Congressman’s consent. (It’s so nice when you are in a position to not accept responsibility and pass the blame to someone underneath your position, right?) But that doesn’t change the facts.
Potential Secretary of Defense General James Mattis has countlessly announced his distaste for Muslims, and even if Hickford’s meme may not have been completely corroborated by West, there’s no smoke without fire.
Our country has slowly reverted to intolerance as the norm. We’re normalizing genocide and treating it as a joke. We’re freaking Benjamin-Buttoning, and real life should never be compared to a Brad Pitt movie. EVER.
This is an insult to Muslims. This is an insult to Democrats, to leftists, and proponents of minorities’ rights.
Our country has slowly reverted to intolerance as the norm. We’re normalizing genocide and treating it as a joke. tweet
My soul cycle instructor earlier today told me that when you disagree with people, you should try to look at it from the other person’s perspective. So, let’s consider it from Mad Dog Mattis’ point of view.
He thinks Muslims don’t contribute anything to society and thinks they’re a threat to our safety.
Well, Mad Dog, let me tell you my story: I’m a senior in high school born to an IP attorney and an Orthopedic surgeon. I like to write articles for Muslim Girl, but I also like Math, particularly linear algebra. My favorite color is purple and I play field hockey. I like to celebrate Taco Tuesday every once in a while. I’ve never shot anyone in my life, nor has anyone in my family, and we have no intentions of doing so. Ever.
And my story isn’t uncommon. Let me add to you some significant statistics within my community’s story: 10% of all Physicians in the U.S. are Muslims and “In 2013, the Muslim charity Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) was rated among the top 10 charities in the United States,” according to Chicago Now.
I’ve even found a nice graphic for you, so you aren’t confused by any big words, Mad Dog. If you’re even feeling up for it, try reading this lovely piece, courtesy of the Washington Post.
I won’t stand for being treated like vermin in the country that I call my home. I won’t let people say they will “exterminate” me and my people like when you Roundup to get rid of the leftover weeds growing in between the cracks of your driveway.
If General James Mattis thinks he or his staff can make these blanket statements directly threatening the lives of the 3.3 million Muslims in America, he’s horribly mistaken.