a family in Texas that has had their windows broken a couple of times, possibly because they are Muslim, I wonder what's going on, and think it's a prelude to worse.
It appears that threats and vandalism at mosques are at an all-time high. People are becoming uncivil, and even violent, regarding Muslims just going about their daily business. Recently, a California mosque experienced a fire believed to be arson, but a California Sikh temple has also been vandalized recently, too, as if by some person whose hate is too great to be less indiscriminate in their discrimination--reminiscent of the Wisconsin gurdwara that was shot up by a white supremacist, or the Indian man who was pushed to his death by a vicious woman in Queens who hated foreigners (and somehow believed that Hindu and Muslim were the same thing).
That I have examples of this kind of racist and pig-ignorant anti-Muslim, anti-foreigner, parochial dumbfuckery predating this election cycle alone means that Trump is not solely responsible for creating the environment within which this violence and stupidity exists. FOX Mushroom Farm, and many other right-wing outlets are no strangers to tapping into the vein of uninformed and possibly uninformable hate that resides in the minds of people who desperately want a target for their dissatisfaction about all the things. We can't pretend that Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney are entirely fringe characters, can we?
It's my opinion that nothing--nothing at all--is worth feeding the fears of the kind of people who bravely face a 1% or less group within their population with broken windows because they fear those people can take their whole country and way of life away from them.
It has happened before--but now is not then. We need to teach diversity--not fear. We need to teach how to be open-minded and strong--not narrow and scared. And the people who encourage fear and loathing need to be pantsed and ridden out of town on a rubber rail like the evil clowns they are. There is nothing good about this.
America is great when we understand our better traditions. E Pluribus Unum. Liberty. It fails hard when we abandon them.