I find this sort of thing deeply disturbing, but always an opportunity for questions and education; that is, when we take the time to address this kind of communication. I offer my response for any of you also navigating hate-speech and such fear-tactics within your families, friends, correspondents.
This is the most powerful line in this email to my spirit.
How serious are you in forwarding this?
As I read this, the fear of Senator Obama as a Muslim, whose life has been funded by people of middle-eastern upbringing, education, wealth, seems to run rampant. (Beyond "seems.")
I'm cognizant of this, and the intentional fear-tactics employed in these words...
Barry' (that was the name he used all his life)
had two roommates,
Muhammad Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid,
both from Pakistan.
next Hyderabad in India,
three weeks in Karachi, Pakistan where he stayed with his roommate's family,
then off to Africa
Barack - not Barry.
born in Aleppo, Syria
Arab-American Nadhmi Auchi,
an Iraqi-born Billionaire born in Pakistan
Which makes me ask questions....
What happens to you when you read this?
What stands out to you?
Are you aware of the repeated slurs against middle eastern people?
What are the fearful stereotypes of Muslims?
What are the fearful stereotypes that govern any violent and horrific action?
What does it mean for a man to travel?
What does it mean for a black man to revert to his given name, after a trip abroad?
How does any of us grow in our identities?
Is it helpful to perpetuate fear-based or fear-inspiring tactics?
Have you ever studied how Hitler was able to rise to power through such an economic and fear-based appeal?
Do you see the similarities employed here, (and recently by Hannity on Fox News)?
What is the truth of Barack Obama's life?
What is the truth of John McCain's?
What is the truth of ours?
How do any of us know anything for certain? What responsibilities do we have to read, discern information and recognize how they inspire or move us?
What responsibilities do we have when we recognize hate and fear-based speech?
How is this hate and fear just not helpful for any of us?