Greetings all -
On the one hand, it certainly was a positive sign that Mr. Sadiq Kahn has been elected the first Muslim Mayor of London. There has been pretty good coverage of this; I think the story at The Intercept is pretty good. It is definitely a sign of hope when folks reject fear-mongering and divisive dog-whistles. I liked what the new Mayor had to say about the "politics of fear" not being welcome in London, and this regarding the campaign Conservatives ran against him: “I think it’s for them to ask themselves the question, how is it that, in the most diverse, fantastic city in the world, they chose to have a negative, desperate and divisive campaign?”
But on the other hand, University of Penn. economics professor was questioned on a flight because the passenger next to him thought the MATH PROBLEM he was working on looked suspicious and she thought he might be a terrorist. Here's another story.
And a third!
Oh, yes, those math symbols are quite suspicious. Begs the question: how much work do we math types need to do? Evidently a lot, as this gal mistook math stuff for Arabic. And I have to wonder: would she have done the same if the professor was a blue-eyed blonde?
Take-away? Let's get some common sense, people. Reject fear-mongering, dog-whistling and profiling. Be cool-headed and don't give in to paranoia.
And how about submitting an item for the "Positively Diverse" page?