Judging a Book, by It’s Cover.


We have all heard the saying, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.”   Having worked in libraries, bookstores and now writing I know psychologically people do judge by covers.  In a bookstore or a library, the decision takes seconds.

Today I am expanding this to people and I know it’s wrong, but I know, I’m not perfect.

Monday morning on my bus I saw three men with suitcases.  I immediately saw name tags with names that made me surmise they were Moslems.

Now I would not have had this reaction with anyone else, but as someone who watched the World Trade Center go down from a New Jersey cliff side and whose childhood home saw billowing smoke for I forgot how long, I immediately reacted.

I stopped myself from telling the driver from calling the police to have them checked out.

Yesterday, I saw a story about a mosque, that was firebombed in Joplin, Missouri.  Dear reader, do you see where this is going?  How much of a leap is there?

I have friends who are Moslem.  I know better.

 

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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