A hateful depiction of an ethnic group
Last Tuesday evening on University Way, I noticed a large poster stretching virtually the entire length of a double-long Metro bus.
The poster featured a row of faces of men clearly of Arabic descent or Islamic heritage. Beneath this row of individuals was, in huge letters, the phrase “These are the faces of global terrorism.”
I didn’t recognize any of the “terrorists,” assuming the pictures were actually of terrorists. What I saw was a row of men representative of millions of people living their lives peacefully, from Afghanistan to Seattle.
More to the point, what I saw was a slanderous depiction of an entire population.
I was appalled and embarrassed that Metro Transit would permit such an incendiary poster on its buses. Imagine a poster in Cairo with a string of serial killers from the United States with the caption, “These are the faces of U.S. murderers.” Imagine how a 12-year-old child from New Jersey would feel about such a poster while on vacation in Egypt.
What qualifies as a hate crime if not this thoughtlessly committed act by the Metro Transit?
Laurie Scullin, Tacoma