21-year-old Michael Enright was recently charged with stabbing a Muslim cab driver. Looking at Enright, one might not identify him as a violent or racist person. He is even a member of a global peace organization, and has visited Afghanistan to film a documentary. This has many people all over the nation wondering what could have possibly spurred this vicious act.
Tension between the Muslim community and those outside of it has been present ever since the terror attacks on 9/11. A certain fear has settled, casting a shadow on all Muslims. Whether it is fair or not, the prejudice exists.
It is easy to stereotype people in order to be cautious (something a lot of Americans have done out of fright), but at what point do we draw the line? Events such as the cab driver stabbing should not be occurring.
People such as filmmaker Michael Enrigh, can be looked at in two ways. One might say that Enright has caused a further rift between the Muslim community and the rest of the United States. A certain fury against Americans who are unjustly bigoted is bound to rise. Enright is just another example of a type of person from America that Muslims do not want to get involved with.
On the other hand, the stabbing might send a message and open the eyes of those who have chosen not to see the problem at hand. The rift between the Muslim community and other Americans is the elephant in the room. Now the elephant has been revealed. It is an issue that everyone knows exists, but we tend to ignore it.
The stabbing Enright is accused of displays that it is not only a Muslim person who can cause an offense, but also an American. It could be anybody! We are ALL capable of being intolerant of one another, and it needs to stop.
Unfortunately, the scars that 9/11 has caused will still take a while to heal. It was a huge catastrophe and is not an event that can be easily forgotten. But we, as Americans, must learn to take situations on a case-by-case basis.
Just because a person is of a certain race, culture, or religion does not mean that we can automatically blame them for wrong that has been done. Most of the people who get picked on have done nothing to deserve such horrible treatment. It is time that we treat those who have done nothing with respect and fight against those who deserve it together.
Who Is Michael Enright? Tracing the Suspect in the Taxi Stabbing, The Wall Street Journal