The recent action taken by the Department of Homeland Security in dealing with Muslims from America who attended a conference in December in Toronto, Canada should not come as shocking news. Muslims were detained, belongings searched, women forced to reveal body parts, finger-printed and treated as common criminals.
This should not come as a shock because after September 11, 2001, America went on the offensive to spread its world dominance and ideology by targeting Muslim lands, the religion of Islam, and anyone who is a Muslim. As Muslims in America, we understand that we are suspects for no reason other than we believe in Islam and are Muslims.
Muslims who fly know this better than others. We expect that we will always be the ones who are randomly checked. I remember one incident where I was not stopped, but my wife who wears hijab was stopped. When they found out that we were together, a security agent also questioned me. These kinds of things should not surprise us.
Muslims are now viewed as public enemy number one. It does not make a difference as to how peaceful we think we are or how harmless the event we may attend, just being people identified or associated with Islam is enough to be treated as a criminal or potential terrorist. The key issue to understand, and what must be pointed out is the hypocrisy in the notion of being an American citizen. All the people who carry the American citizenship simply are not treated equally.
This is nothing new to America. Throughout America’s brief history, it is full of examples where disgrace and disregard have been shown to some of its citizens. Usually the targets have been racially or religiously different from the majority white Anglo-Saxons. For example, African-Americans were denied citizenship after slavery, and even when granted citizenship, were not treated and respected as such. Various European immigrants (Jews, Irish, Italians, and others) who came to America faced similar problems to enjoy the same rights as the majority white Anglo-Saxon class. In fact, they were not even considered to be white.