We should be very alarmed when hatred gets to such a point that a man walking through a crowd may be harassed for simply looking like he belongs to certain ethnic or religious group. We don’t need to wait for a government which condones actions like that to take power before we become alarmed at the dark undercurrents which are present in our own community.
It’s not 1930s Germany and we will never let it be. But American resilience to ethnic hatred relies on the immediate and unconditional repudiation of this sort of behavior. People rallying around hate and proposing the limitation of one group’s constitutional and civil rights for the appeasement of “the majority” must always swiftly be revealed as the minority.
The Youtube description describes the scene pretty well:
A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who’s name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him. I told him that I hoped it did not ruin his day.