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Sen. Conrad Burns: “[Terrorists May Not Wear T-Shirts, But] They Do Drive Taxis and Kill at Night”

In Afghanistan, Children and Youth, Culture jamming, Culture of Corruption, Economic Justice, Election 2006, Election 2008, Global War On Terror, Immigration, International politics, International Public Health, International Trade, Iraq War, Labor, Laws & Regulation, Media Criticism, Misc., Netroots, New York City, Race, Terrorism, US Politics on August 31, 2006 at 2:40 pm

To follow up on the madness that BigDaddyChris posted up on earlier concerning the Muslim American that was harrassed for wearing an innocent t-shirt that happened to have “we will not be silent” in Arabic, as well as English, here is powerful shit from TPMCafe’s Election Central

GOP Senator Conrad Burns really does have a knack for talking himself into some political jams. A spokesman for a Muslim group has just now sharply criticized Burns for his remark, just reported this morning, that America confronts a “faceless enemy” of terrorists who “drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night.” In an interview with Election Central, the spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, slammed Burns’s comments: “It just adds to the overall atmosphere of anti-Muslim hysteria and xenophobia.”

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“It doesn’t help our nation either domestically or internationally,” Hooper said. “These types of comments are picked up by news sources around the world, they’re spread on the internet, and people hear about them. It’s no longer that some local politician can say something to pander to a local audience, because their views will be published internationally.”

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  1. “Drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night”? It makes taxi drivers sound like vampires. There’s no way you can say that’s not racist.

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