Alex Wilson Jr. on “Generalizing Hurts”

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/message-of-support-for-muslims_56479bfbe4b08cda34891bcf?565yiudi

In this article, a young Manhattan resident named Alex Malloy got into a cab and didn’t think much of it. The cab driver repeatedly said thank you to Mr. Malloy because he told him he was “his first customer in 2 hours.” The driver then went on to explain that he is Muslim and he felt that people were too scared or too angry to drive with him. This New York cab driver’s life was directly being affected by the terrorist attacks that happened in Paris, France on November 13, 2015. The driver explained to Mr. Malloy that “Allah, my God, doesn’t support this” and “People don’t want to drive with me because they feel unsafe.” At the end of his extremely emotional cab drive, Mr. Malloy went to Twitter and posted about his experience and the tweet went viral. Overall, Alex Malloy wanted people to stop generalizing a whole group of people based on the actions of a few.

I think this article truly highlighted an underlying bias against Muslims and their Islamic religion that has existed in America since September 11th, 2001. Once that catastrophic event occurred, in the American psyche, Muslims were closely associated with terrorism. Additionally, there is still a lot of Islamophobia in America because this religion is something that Americans know little to nothing about. This Muslim cab driver in New York just wanted to be able to “do his job” but was hindered because individuals generalized the type of person he was before even meeting him. It makes me happy to believe that there are people, like Alex Malloy, who still believe in the human spirit and in the good of people. Like Alex Malloy said “we are all humans under this skin” so let’s treat each other accordingly.

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