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Injustice, and how to fight bigotry, one headscarf at a time

Here is the source for the article i have posted below: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/muslim-passenger-southwest-airlines-khairuldeen-makhzoom-arabic-phone-uncle-baghdad-cair-statement-a7347311.html?cmpid=facebook-post

Southwest Airlines kicks Muslim off a plane for saying ‘inshallah’, meaning ‘God willing’ in Arabic

A Muslim man was told to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after another passenger overheard him speaking Arabic on his mobile phone.

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old Berkeley graduate, was removed from the plane at Los Angeles International Airport in April this year.

Once seated, he had made a brief call to his uncle in Baghdad, telling him how excited he was to ask a question to the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, during a dinner the previous day.

Before hanging up, he said the Islamic phrase in Arabic of “inshallah”, meaning “God willing”.

He noticed a woman staring at him as he hung up the phone. He thought at first she had been irritated by how loud he was speaking.

“One guy came with police officers within two minutes — I can’t believe how fast they were — and told me to get off the plane,” he told CNN.

An agent escorted him outside and asked him why he was speaking in Arabic considering “today’s political climate”.

“You need to be very honest with us with what you said about the martyrs. Tell us everything you know about the martyrs,” the agent said to him.

The political science graduate explained he had only said “God willing”, and the questioning soon ended – but not before dogs were brought in to sniff his luggage, he was searched and his wallet was taken away.

“The US is the land of freedom. People respect the rule of law. How could people be humiliated like this? That was the real shock,” he told The Independent.

“I lived under Saddam Hussein. I know what discrimination feels like,” he added.

Mr Makhzoomi came to the US in 2010 as a legal refugee with his older sister.

He was not allowed to reboard the Oakland-bound plane, and was given a full refund. He booked another flight with Delta.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Brandy King said in a statement that staff had decided to investigate “potentially threatening comments” made by the passenger.

“Since that time, we have researched the event internally and also reached out to the customer.

“The internal review determined that it was the content of the conversation, not the language used, that prompted the report leading to the investigation. Our crew responded by following protocol, as required by federal law, to investigate any potential threat. We regret any less than positive experience a customer has on Southwest. Southwest neither condones nor tolerates discrimination of any kind.”

The student said he was left feeling “shaken” and could not sleep for days afterwards. He has called on the airline to apologise since they have failed to do so since 6 April.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed a complaint with the US Department of Transportation Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings against Southwest Airlines for “racial and religious profiling of a Muslim passenger”.

“We don’t want this to become ‘normal’,” said Saba Maher, civil rights coordinator of the local CAIR chapter.

“We are looking for a federal investigation and for the Department of Transportation to hold Southwest Airlines accountable.”

Mr Makhzoomi said he is applying for his masters and is grateful that the US has provided him with “the best education, and so many opportunities”.

“This our home. We don’t have another home. The experience [in April] was just unpleasant,” he said.

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Now, in this same light, due to recent incidents directed against Muslim women, acts of violence or vitriolic speech just because they happened to wear a hijab, or the religious headscarf that marked them as Muslim, i have started a Facebook group and page of similar name called WEAR A HEADSCARF ON JANUARY 20th…IN SOLIDARITY  WITH OUR MUSLIM SISTERS.

Please do not accuse me of supporting ” a religion that oppresses women” by these acts. I do not know that true Islam oppresses women any more than christianity has the face of the likes of soon to be Vice president Pence . I would venture however that his brand of Christianity is just as women-oppressive as any radical Islamic woman-hating sect. The thing is, this is not about someone’s beliefs about women. This is about the freedom of any person, whoever they are,  to believe what they want to and dress accordingly, and to not be attacked either physically or verbally because of their beliefs.

i know what it is like to be abused because of things i said and believed that others felt were “unacceptable” to them…and they had more power than i did, the power to physically  hurt me and force me to comply with their norms. But now that i am a freed citizen i will never let someone else suffer as i did without standing up for their rights to wear what they want to and believe whatever they want to, so long as it does not hurt others. And you know, so far as i can tell, Absolutely nothing in Islam is innately more harmful to me or to anyone than christianity is at the present time.


So please join me and WEAR A HEADSCARF ON JANUARY 20th, stand up against bigotry and stand up in solidarity against the forces of Hatred in Trump’s government and cabinet. Dont let hate trump the forces of love and generosity. Stand up and wear a headscarf for all the kindness and generosity and compassion that we have always stood for. Stand up and be counted!

Just for starters, here is a photo of me, “brazenly covered” by my January 20th inauguaration headscarf:

Wear a Headscarf on January 20th in solidarity with our Muslim Sisters
Wear a Headscarf on January 20th in solidarity with our Muslim Sisters

Liebster Award, Continued, Part 2, and the Nominees are:





This is the most recent piece of house art that I have done. It is an imaginative rendering of a house on the Broad Street Green in Wethersfield. I wonder if the owners would recognize their antique white farm house now? Anyhow, I thought the house come out okay, but I am not skilled at drawing a veritable forest of towering trees , not yet at any rate!


Okay, so maybe I only found ten instead of 11, I am not certain any more. Frankly it takes me a good hour to discover and vet each site so I give up. I cannot take this any longer, so I am going to simply have to leave the requirements for the award as it is, and say, I did my best. I really did. And you will have to accept that. So here are my ten or eleven nomines for the on-going Liebster Award. They are in absolutely no order of preference except for my computer’s having a mind of its own and ordering them the way it chose by its lonesome.

http://claireahriana.com  for her brand new site Cooking as Medicine (nothing much there yet, but it sounds so promising…And the phrase “food is medicine” just clicks because it has enormous significance to me, coming out of my own past)

http://chadpotts.wordpress.com My Rollercoaster Life with bipolar illness

http://milerunner.me run a mile day and you will feel on top of the world…Exercise has its perks and peak experiences!

http://todadwithlove.wordpress.com   Vera Poh’s lovely literary blog

http://uneasyawakening.com  Bipolar Musings

http://greenwake.wordpress.com  a sustainable experiment with living as green and economically with the earth as possible. Go for it!

http://blueowltreats.wordpress.com outdoorsy 24 year old post-grad living in beautiful Vancouver, BC recently started this blog to share her love for baking and crafting

http://thevegangreen.com amazing no sugar raw brownie recipe, among others.

http://carlynnforst.wordpress.com “the fancies of a working artist”

http://mindwithoutahome.com a poet with alcoholism and history of schizophrenia, with a memoir coming out in August

And here are the questions these bloggers need to answer:

  1. What is your name and what name would you choose if you could have given yourself your dream name, and why?
  2. If you were a multi-billionaire, like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, what do you think you would  do with your money? (Dream big!)
  3. Apple or pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? Or do you abstain?
  4. If you work, what do you do and would you rather be doing something else?
  5. If you do not work, what are you doing instead, and if you would prefer to be working, what is your dream job?
  6. Everyone has stolen something in their lives…For instance, I stole sand from Mrs Pappas’s beach at Wequaket lake when I was about five.  Six red plastic pails full in fact, and she had a fit and almost called the police but her sand was so very white and soft and ours was nasty and full of seaweed. Luckily, my father was not impressed and just laughed at her…Anyhow, what did you steal and why and what happened?
  7. What was your most powerful learning experience. Was it in school or on your own, outside of school. What did you learn and has it served you well to learn it?
  8. Have you ever experienced an amazing coincidence, met an angel, had a miracle or something along those lines?  Many people have and are happy to talk about it, If you are one of them, I would love to hear your story.

Alternate to 8, if the answer to above is No:

8a. Why blog? I mean this. Why does anyone blog when there are apparently more than 4 billion blogs out there competing for attention. I would like to know..

9. What is more important, Truth or Kindness. Yes, I know you can be truthful and also kind, but this is my Leibster Award and I get to ask the question. So you have to choose one or the other and tell me why you chose the one you did. Truth OR Kindness

10.What are your core values in life

11.  If you could make everyone in the world do one thing, change one behavior or exchange one material good for another, what would  it be, and why.

Finally here is a recap of the rules for the Liebster Award in general, so the Nominees can be sure they know what to do.

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn’t that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves. 

2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

Wow, I finally did it, I finished  the Liebster Award requirements. I thought I never would. Apologies to any of my own nominees upon whom this places too big a burden. You need not accept the crown! Now, to find that blasted Icon and see if I can get it to paste onto my front page. I do not think I can get the image widget to work, it has never worked properly alas, so I don’t think it will now. But I can try. It would be nice if the Leibster Award Badge would post after I went to all the trouble of finishing the award requirements! If not, well, so be it but what a shame.

A lot is going on now, ever since I’ve been back in town after my vacation in North Carolina visiting my brother. I will write more later.