NAACP Urges Rep. King to Rethink His ‘Reckless’ Hearings Singling Out the Muslim Community
March 9, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau, is urging Rep. Peter King, R. N.Y., to “reconsider holding the narrowly focused and reckless hearings” centered on domestic terrorism and the Muslim community in the United States scheduled for tomorrow, March 10.
In a letter to Rep. King, who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, Shelton warns that focusing on the Muslim community alone will skew the perception of where the threat of domestic terrorism is likely to originate.
“Factual history has clearly demonstrated that ‘homegrown domestic terrorism’ cannot be relegated to one racial or ethnic group. To do so is to overlook actual historic and current events, which are both riddled with terrorist acts by extremists from a large variety of racial, ethnic, political, social and religious groups.”
The approach of singling out an entire community is also counterproductive in deterring the threat of terrorism, adds Shelton.
“…by identifying one group as being largely responsible for current terror threats against our nation, you are promoting misinformation and stereotypes that can only build mistrust among members of that group. This in turn will make it more difficult for members of that group to cooperate with authorities in identifying or reporting genuine threats, and more unlikely that they will.”
Full text of the letter is available below.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is also calling on Rep. Peter King to cancel tomorrow’s hearing on "radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorists.