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19 Dec, 2015

Instilling fear in Americans – Arab News

By Sabria S. Jawahar

Following the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to ban entry of all Muslims to the United States my non-Muslim mother-in-law and stepdaughter expressed their fears over my safety when I come to the United States.

It was particularly alarming to me since my husband’s family generally shrugs off anti-Muslim sentiment in the media as ignorant babble. But with Trump’s obscene bigoted rhetoric the climate appears to have suddenly changed in the United States.

Two generations removed from Joseph McCarthy’s soul-destroying anti-communist witch-hunt, it looks like the US is spiraling toward hysteria in a similar fashion against Muslims. We have seen this kind of mood before in 1930s Europe and we now appear to be headed toward fascism.

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