As is the case most weekends, Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show had more than one ridiculous moment on air in the last two days. There was of course, the "Star Wars is racist" moment. But in another moment from Saturday's show, a guest accused American citizens of being terrorists here at home - an assertion Harris-Perry left unchallenged.
As Breitbart.com reported, Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour told Harris-Perry that Americans are "engaging in terrorism" against the Muslim community here in the USA:
Trying to keep it together here a little bit but, just listening to the listing of these attacks on individuals and on mosques and understanding the trauma that we’re causing communities and, we talk about terror and terrorism, of what we’re doing, is we’re engaging in terrorism against the innocent community that has nothing to do with this.
Sarsour was referring to alleged incidents and possible attacks against individual Muslims in the United States. She adds that the fear is so great now, in the wake of recent attacks and subsequent rhetoric, that "15 years after 9/11, it’s the first time ever I have ever feared for my life, walking in the streets of my city."
She also scoffs at the notion of Muslim integration into American society. "We can't change who we are," she says. "This is how we look. We can't integrate and assimilate." If a conservative Christian said Muslims aren't integrating or refuse to integrate into American society, they'd be called a racist by everyone on this panel.
Not surprisingly, the MSNBC host sagely agreed and expanded on that, asking the obviously rhetorical question, "Who should really be afraid?"
And the idea that the fear in Muslim communities, in Sikh communities, in misperceived Muslim communities, should be on the table at a time when we keep talking about 'oh this is a time of fear so you have to just kind of forgive Americans for behaving badly,' rather than saying 'no no no, who is actually in a tangible way and ought to be afraid?'
Her implication could not be more clear. It is we who are the terrorists. It is they who have a "tangible" reason to be afraid of our terrorism. She is suggesting that the Muslim community "ought to afraid" of Americans "engaging in terrorism." And definitely not the other way around.
Got that, San Bernardino families? You're the monsters.