ADC is not going to save us

Naji Al-Ali

How difficult is it to just say “STOP THE DAMN HEARINGS”?

Like CAIR indicated earlier this week, the ADC appears to wish everyone else were profiled in addition to Muslims. If the hearings were to explore the radicalization of other communities, the ADC’s work would be done.

we are submitting this statement out of deep concern for the harm that the narrowly framed hearing will cause, in large measure due to Representative King’s unfair portrayal and singling out of the American Muslim community.  The hearing as titled suggests that radicalization is exclusively confined within one community – a patently false characterization …

The Committee could have undertaken steps to recommend the establishment of an impartial commission to study the issue of radicalization in America across our societal makeup, and better define its root causes and how best to prevent them.

So if the hearings harassed a broad spectrum of people, as opposed to a narrowly selected community, the ADC would be at peace. Such mellow, tame language is unimaginable from MLK Jr., Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael or Malcolm X. Can you imagine civil rights groups in the 40s, 50s and 60s demanding that the narrow scope of internment and Jim Crow be broadened beyond Japanese-Americans and African-Americans? Can you picture Fred Korematsu saying something like:

we are submitting this statement out of deep concern for the harm that the narrowly framed internment camp executive order and singling out the Japanese American community. The executive order as framed suggests that suspicious racial identity is exclusively confined within one community – a patently false characterization …

The executive could have undertaken steps to recommend the establishment of an impartial commission to study the issue of suspicious racial identity across our societal makeup…

Notice also that the ADC worries that the King hearings will endanger its friendship with the FBI:

Both the title of the hearing and the messaging emanating from Chairman King undermine the efforts of years of cooperation and building of trust between the law enforcement community and the American Muslim Community.

Aside the obvious ramifications of the King hearings (namely the institutionalization of islamophobia and racist backlash against the Muslim community), they will also put House Arabs and House Muslims on the defensive, which will invigorate their collaboration with the US empire. Ikhras will be watching and documenting.