“Whenever an extremist in the Muslim world does something crazy, people demand that moderate Muslims step forward to condemn the extremism. So let’s take our own advice: We Americans should now condemn our own extremist.
In that spirit, I hereby apologize to Muslims. The mindlessness and heartlessness of the travel ban should humiliate us, not you. Understand this: President Trump is not America!I apologize to Nadia Murad, the brave young Yazidi woman from Iraq who was made a sex slave — but since escaping, has campaigned around the world against ISIS and sexual slavery. She has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, yet is now barred from the United States.”
Thank you Nicholas Kristof.
Your piece has generated a wall of moving comments. Here is one that I found exceptional:
There have always been people who resisted. When I lived in LA, I heard about a man whose next door neighbor, a Japanese man, had to go to one of the internment camps. He bought the Japanese man’s house, kept it up while his neighbor was gone, and GAVE it back to him when he returned.
Some of us have always been better than the cruel cowards who sometimes come to power. I hope that many of us will rise to the needed decency and courage to resist this time, in the spirit of this anonymous man who knew what was right.