In yesterdays’ blog I forgot to mention that clothing can be used as a targeting device. My son claims that a woman in full burka has a lot of courage to go out in public and maintain her identity as a Muslim woman who believes in her traditions and religion. I claimed that since she was young, had a child in a stroller, and by tradition would not be allowed out in public without a male member of the family to stand guard, that it was not a free choice. It also pegged her as a member of a group that is not too popular in this country among close minded fundamentalists of the Christian stripe.
Remember the Sihkh gentleman that got beaten to death right after 9/11 who was in no way responsible for any of the high-jackers’ actions? He was wearing his traditional turban and mistakenly got taken for a Muslim.
Now we have some LDS members becoming concerned about the young boys who pedal around Europe trying to convert people. Where there are a number of Muslims, as in France, they worry that the distinctive black name tag will draw people to target them for violence or kidnapping.
I am all for lying low, keeping a low profile in times of turbulence, and kind of blending in with the clothes and shoes.
Bland works for me, and I would never be picked out of a crowd for unwanted attention.
Of course I would not be out in a crowd in the first place, but snug in a gated community reading a good book.
This week I read banned books, and support women’s rights all the way.