To The Daily Sun,
One of the big questions we face in our country today is whether Muslims can be good neighbors and assimilate into American culture. As usual, I have a true personal anecdote that might help understand the problems between our world and theirs.
Our young lady, we'll call Miss M, graduated from a liberal university, majored in sociology. There she was taught to embrace diversity in all of its forms, and, being of mixed heritage herself, that philosophy made perfect sense. She befriended a young man at school, from a wealthy Arab country, and they began dating. Her mother and I warned her that he might not be a good match for her, and she told us that was racist thinking and mind our own business.
So we made every effort to accept him and included him in family gatherings as we would any of her friends. Hey, here's a very charming, well dressed, and educated guy from a wealthy family who drives a BMW. What is not to like?
As their relationship progressed, he became more controlling of her life, complaining about her other friends, and the way she dressed, where she went and so on. Being of an independent mind, she decided to break off from him. His reaction was with threats, physical violence against her, and property damage as is customary in his world when a woman will not obey a man's wishes. He had no desire to "assimilate" into our culture.
Now Miss M has received a lesson in multiculturalism, along with a restraining order and a gun. I don't know what happened to the young man but I do wish him all the best when he lands back wherever he grew up. Yes, he is the only Muslim that we have met, and he may not represent the entire Muslim culture, but he sure did fit the stereotype. It's not racist to expect foreign visitors to respect our American way of life. If they can't be trusted to behave in a civilized manner, they should get the hell out.
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