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Sep. 19th, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
Glad your bomb scare was nothing.

People are very paranoid after any incident. A couple months after 9/11, there was a Hindu holiday when sisters traditionally send bracelets woven of sari threads to their brothers (history involves sister sending secret message to warn her brother of impending sneak attack by Muslim Mughals).

The sister of a friend's husband sent him one of these bracelets from London to northern NJ. She transposed two of the street numbers so the package went to the wrong address. Mysterious package from UK with weird foreign name addressed to local US citizens with weird foreign name! Three police cars, bomb squad van, and several cops delivered the package to my friend's house.

My friend said it was from her husband's sister and thank you for bringing it. They insisted she open it on the doorstep while they all backed up behind their cars. She opened it, took out the thread bracelet, and held it up. A couple cops cautiously approached to look at it and ask why it was sent. She started to explain about the holiday, but realized "secret message", "sneak attack", and "Muslim" were all they would hear and quickly changed to "it's like a friendship bracelet". Cops looked embarrassed and went away. My friend was seriously frightened by the incident.
Sep. 19th, 2016 08:01 pm (UTC)
Dang, that's like paranoia taken to eleven! It's sad that people see a foreign name or even hear arabic spoken or see it written and get instantly freaked out that it's a terrorist. It's a visually lovely written language, it's a shame that a minority of jackasses have to ruin it for the rest of the 1.6 billion respectable Muslims.
Sep. 20th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Bad enough when one group is being targeted, but it seems to be anyone who doesn't fit some peoples' stereotype of "real American".

In the case of my friend above she was frightened that all the sirens and police were because her nasty white "real 'Mercian" neighbor was running a meth lab or something.