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October 26th, 2010
This letter to the editor was sent in to the Daily Illini in response to their editorial on Juan Williams getting fired from NPR:
Saying that it is irrational for Mr. Williams to worry that a co-passenger on a plane who visibly identifies as Muslim might be an Islamist plotting a terrorist attack is like telling a woman on campus that she is irrational to worry that a man who approaches her while she walks around alone on campus at midnight might be planning to assault her. Certainly it is true that most Muslims do not want to blow things up, just as most men on campus do not want to commit crimes. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Mr. Williams is no more capable of telling the moderate and the Islamist apart by their looks than that woman would be of distinguishing a pedestrian from a criminal. Nobody would tell that woman that she was irrational for worrying that the man approaching her for the time might actually be planning to steal her wallet or rape her. So why does Mr. Jones accuse Mr. Williams of being irrational for fearing that the Muslim might be in the same ideological camp as the ones which flew planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, shot up Fort Hood, and tried to blow up Times Square?
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