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.