It never fails: A tragedy occurs, and either the victim or the perpetrator is a member of a racial or religious minority. Someone then makes broad generalizations about the entire race to which the victims or perpetrators belong.
Today’s fail comes to us via Ed Gore, a Councilman in Hamilton, New Jersey. Councilman Gore, like millions of Americans, was deeply disturbed by the recent murder of five military men in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The murders were allegedly committed by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
Councilman Gore then discussed the incident on Facebook in terms that were, shall we say…uhh, extremely stupid:
Yeah, that “Muslim Scum” comment isn’t helping anything.
Gore apologized for the remarks, though it was the standard half-apology: “Certainly I don’t mean all Muslims are scum. If I offended any Muslims, I am sorry. I would certainly hope all Muslims would join me in condemning the murder of innocent Americans anywhere in the world…I am not some type of anti-Muslim kook. I wish I would have clarified it more and am sorry if I offended anybody. I want to let people know it was the emotion of the time. You think with your head and not with your heart.”
Gore also posted an apology…kind of…on Facebook:
Councilman Gore’s remarks were, naturally, also condemned by other Council members, one of whom called the remarks a “shame” and “disappointing.” His remarks were also condemned by the Islamic Council of Greater Trenton.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Gore is not a racist, and just made these posts because he was emotional. That goes back to the classic rule: take a breath, and think before you post.
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